These walks have been written to guide you along some of the country roads in a small corner of County Donegal, near the town of Ramelton. They will take you through an area known as the Loughside, which is surrounded on three sides by Lough Swilly and boasts a variety of both native and migrant bird life.
Along with the natural features of the landscape, there are numerous built heritage sites. These include houses, bridges and the site of old mills. The archaeological monuments include a Mesolithic shore midden (7000 B.C.), sites of Iron Age forts (400 A.D.), a Viking ecclesiastical foundation (900 A.D.) and a Plantation fort (1600 A.D.). There are a number of beautiful stone bridges still in use in the area. Where a stream goes under the road it is worth taking a look at the bridge underneath.
The walks contained in this collection will guide you along some of the country roads in this region while focusing on aspects of particular interest along the way. The rocks, flowers, birds, shore life, field systems, houses and ancient monuments are all part of a story; the story of the natural environment and the cultural impact of the people who lived in it.