Mamore Gap Walk – Distance: 15+ km -Time: 4+hrs
Here is a long steep incline to the Gap in the Urris Hills – take it in small stages, it is worth the climb. At the top the road cuts through a dramatic ravine and as you start to descend there is a small shrine. (For the more adventurous walker there are paths in the Gap which lead to spectacular hill walks along the ridges of the Urris Hills, but as it is quite difficult advice should be sought.)
The View from the Gap
Take some time out on the viewing point to enjoy the splendid views north to the Atlantic Ocean, west to Fanad Head and the hills of Donegal and northeast towards Ireland most northerly point, Malin Head.
The Gap to Clonmany
The road then twists and turns down the side of the hill to Leenane. At the bottom of the hill, take a right and head along a quiet road past traditional Irish cottages, a donkey reservation and a splendid pub called the Rusty Nail towards the village of Clonmany. Just before you reach Clonmany there is a right turn at the Clonmany Fireplace Centre.
Clonmany to Pinch
This is a long walk through a beautiful quiet valley and the road gradually inclines to Pinch where you have yet more panoramic views. On your right is the area’s highest peak Raghtin More and to the left Bulbin Hill.
Pinch to Linsfort
After descending from Pinch you have completed a circle around the Gap of Mamore. At the bottom of the Gap you can turn left and retrace your route to Linsfort Castle. Alternatively, you can head straight on towards Dunree and at the end of this road turn left and head for Linsfort