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The International Appalachian Trail (Port to Ardara)Ardara Donegal - Ireland West
The trail continues up the gentle sloping road and follows along the river. The road passes beside Killyfanned Lough. Even though this is a road walk there are great views of rivers, lakes and the countryside. Pass Lougheraherk off in the distance and stay to the left at the first road intersection. Soon after the road continues but take a left and follow the road heading in between Slievetooey and Crockurra. The road ends and the trail continues along the track. Pass through a gate and continue along the fence and Glen River. The trail hugs the small river. The terrain is rolling and very wet and boggy. Constant short ups and downs heading up towards the north side of Crockurra. Follow trail posts scattered across the countryside. Reach a fence near the saddle and take a right following close to the fence. Follow the fence when it heads left. The terrain levels off here. Continue along fence and the views of the Maghera strand, loughs and countryside open up. The IAT crosses the fence and continues down towards a road far below. Excellent views here. Continue down the step terrain finally reaching the road. Follow the pavement around and down a stunning valley. Maghera Strand opens up in full view. Great views down the valley with the Owenwee River flowing towards the Bay. At the bottom of the valley is Maghera. This road section follows along the Maghera Strand finally reaching the Assarnacally Waterfall. A stunning tiered waterfall. There are plenty of views looking across the Strand and back towards the sea. The road can be busy at times with cars flying by. Pay attention especially around bends. Eventually the road intersects with N56. Take a left and head into the town of Ardara. The small town is great with several good eating spots, pubs and groceries. The Nesbitt Arms Hotel is a wonderful place to stay. It has nice big rooms and affordable prices. There is a relaxing pub with good food in hotel. Overall great stay.
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