Discover the Natural Charms of East Donegal

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Perfect Companions to the Frances Browne Literary Festival

As anticipation for the Frances Browne Literary Festival builds, take a moment to explore the local gems that offer a place to explore the area and connect with nature in between our festival events. Here are five captivating spots that will make your festival experience even more delightful.

1. Drumboe Woods, Stranorlar: Immerse yourself in the serene embrace of Drumboe Woods. A tranquil native woodland that skirts the picturesque River Finn, this haven is easily accessible on foot from the heart of the towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar. Make it a short stroll along the riverside, or stay longer and explore the upper woods as well. Keep an eye out for the Fairy Tree - an old hollow beech tree along the riverside walk.

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2. Trusk Lough: A leisurely lakeside stroll at Trusk Lough offers a charming retreat amid the Donegal Hills. Feed the ducks and geese as you amble along the waterside, letting your thoughts wander just like the pages of a good book. It's the ideal prelude to the literary immersion that the festival promises.

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3. The Steeple Tower at Mullaghagarry Woods: For the adventurous spirits, the 5km walk through Mullaghagarry Woods rewards with breathtaking vistas from the Steeple Tower. See Errigal and Muckish, the wide scope of the Bluestack Mountains and even into County Tyrone on a clear day,

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4. Monellan Woods at The Cross: A short drive from Stranorlar, the former site of Monellan House now welcomes wanderers to its accessible paths. Amidst the woods, you might even stumble upon hidden graves that whisper tales of times gone by.

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5. Gort Scith Picnic Area and Woodland Walk: Nestled at the base of an old quarry wall, the Gort Scith Picnic Area invites you to unwind and slow right down. Enjoy a picnic stocked with delicacies from our coffee shops and bakeries, or follow the winding paths that meander through leafy surroundings.

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They're not just spots on the map; they're preludes to the stories and experiences that will unfold during the festival, creating a tapestry of memories that you'll carry home with you.

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