5 Dog Friendly Places in Donegal

Dog at Oakfield Park

Posted / 13th May 2019

No one loves walking more than man’s best friend. Donegal’s scenic landscapes and historic landmarks coupled with its great hospitality makes for some great dog friendly walking adventures. Here are 5 dog friendly places to visit in Donegal this summer:

Oakfield Park

Discover the beauty of Oakfield Park alongside your trusty companion. The 18th century Georgian house and gardens are located in a lush landscape of parklands and mature woodlands, overlooking the distant Croaghan Mountain. The grounds include a traditional walled garden, lakes, Buffers Restaurant, train rides and stunning views all of which make this location the number one sport for a day out with your furry friends. All dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead.

Glenveagh National Park

Set in 16,500 hectares of county Donegal mountains, lakes, glens and woods with a large herd of red deer, Glenveagh Castle is a 19th Century mansion built between 1867 and 1873. Surrounded by the famous Glenveagh Gardens, Lough Beagh and numerous walking trails, its remote mountainous setting is ideal for hikes and adventures with your dog.

Glenveagh National Park has a lot of parking and has footpaths from the visitor centre to the castle. There are lots of trails to choose from where you can take your dog that take 35 minutes to 2 hours.

Ards Forest Park

Ards Forest Park is the perfect place for a family day out with your four-legged friends. Located just a few kilometres from the popular beach resort of Dunfanaghy, the park is made up of forestry, rocky shorelines and sandy beaches. Along the parks network of trails and paths you will find a range of archaeological features, national monuments and a boardwalk adding to the parks uniqueness. The perfect place to spend the day with your much-loved pooch.

Donegal Board Walk Resort

The Board walk is one of Donegal’s hidden gems located near Carrigart in Donegal. The walkway winds its way through the sand dunes to the scenic horseshoe shaped Tramore beach. Various view-points are located along the way which provide the perfect photo opportunity for you and your furry friend.

Inch Wildfowl Reserve Looped Walk

Situated on the shores of Lough Swilly in the shadow of Scalp Mountain, the Inch Wildfowl Reserve Looped Walk is a haven for wildlife. Several car parks are situated along the walkway so you can plan your own walking route. This beautiful loop walk includes a board walk and was once part of the railway line from Derry to Letterkenny. This makes for the perfect location for a relaxing walk with your dog or for a spot of bird watching.


Tips for a day out with your dog

Donegal has lots of dog friendly places to go for a walk, but you should plan in advance to make sure your day goes smoothly. Here are a few tips for a great day out with your furry friend:


1) Take Adequate Supplies

It is important that you take a bowl, water and some food for your dog. Sometimes, a summers day in Donegal can be hard to predict weather wise. The day may start out cloudy but the sun could come out later in the day. If this happens you need to have water with you, in the event that there may not be drinking water present where you are visiting.

It is important that you take dog waste bags with you. Remember that it is an offence under Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997  to allow a dog to foul in a public place.

Don’t forget to bring some treats for your dog just in case you make the most of your day out.


2) Use a Lead

It is important that you use a lead for your dog. It is important for a number of reasons, mainly to keep your dog safe. Using a lead will allow you to control your dog in public spaces. The last thing you want is your pooch digging up some some newly laid flowers in a public garden.

It is also a good idea to have your contact details on the dog collar in the event that your dog gets lost.


3) Keep your Dog Safe

You probably know your dog best. If you feel your dog does not like being around lots of people, or is uncomfortable with loud noises, then you should consider the best place to go for a day out with your dog.


Where will you go with your dog?

With so lots of dog friendly places to visit in Donegal, you can easily plan a fun day out with your dog. Consider the dog friendly parks and locations mentioned above.