Inishowen Way

Route

Inishowen Wild Way - The Route

Section 3 Clonmany to Culdaff

Summit BinionBinion East

Starting from the square in Clonmany, follow the road NW, forking right at 0.6 Km, and continue to the gates of the campsite (1km) GR 36578 47828, turn right towards a big, new house, which the track bypasses, (fire hydrant on left GR 36727 47852), the path goes sharp left on the other side of an old stone cottage and through a gate to an unconsecrated graveyard GR 36730 47944, and the open hillside. From the corner of the wall above, GR 36817 47992 , Binion hill lies above you, and there is an obvious green sward/rising strip towards the summit with an old famine wall on its right, which is ascended (cairns) to meet the wall, high on the hill. Follow the left hand side of the wall, picking up a path, until the summit cairn becomes visible on the right. Cross the wall and gain the summit GR 36924 48922, which, despite its modest height of 258m, is a fine, airy viewpoint, with a flagpole.

Pollan Strand

Continue north east for about 10 minutes, picking up a track at GR 37131 49086, and make the short climb to the rocky summit of the east top GR 37415 49189, with magnificent views of Pollan Strand, Glashedy Island, and the Isle of Doagh, unfolding around you. Retreat south along the rocky spine (direct descent to the ast is possible, but very steep) to GR 37469 48849, then descend east, cross drainage area, continue east to GR 3775 4865 to join the end of a track. At the end of the lane, by a helicopter pad turn left and follow the narrow road through Ardagh to the beach car park at Pollan Bay,

On the steep slopes of Binion Eastapprox 2 hours from Clonmany.

There is a new path along the back of this magnificent beach, and beside the famous Ballyliffin Golf Course, for about 3km to Carrickabraghy Castle GR 39867 52340, (approx 45 minutes along the beach) which is noted for its sunset views of Glashedy Island. Here you join a minor tarmaced road eastwards along the north shores of Doagh Island for just over 2km,(30 mins), to the well signposted Famine Village at Lagacurry. Allow 3.5 - 4 hours from Clonmany, 12km. From the Isle of Doagh it is possible to walk the shore of Trawbreaga Bay to Malin town. It is flat and typical estuary terrain, and whilst it would be attractive to those interested in bird life, the muddy ground underfoot becomes tedious, and obviously more problematic at high tide. Better to ring your B&B to pick you up from the Isle of Doagh and take you to your night's lodgings. Alternatively, you can arrange bike hire from Cycle Inishowen or Phelim 00353872758818, email bikesandtoys@eircom.net, and pedal to your chosen lodgings.


Section 1 Buncrana to Dunree Section 2 Dunree to Clonmany Section 3 Clonmany to Culdaff Section 4 Culdaff to Tremone Section 5 Tremone to Greencastle