5 Dog Friendly Places in Donegal

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.

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.