This is a great way to explore and discover stories of Ballyshannon from ancient times to the more recent past.
The 4km looped route has 10 main info points starting at the site of O’ Donnell’s Castle by the bus station. It’s suitable for both walking and cycling and you will learn about a lost Medieval Graveyard, The Mall Quay, Famine times and the story of The Green Lady.
Most of the route can be accessed by car (See map below and park in a safe place please). In addition to the looped route, a “spur” off to the Abbey area is well worthwhile. Ruins of the Cistercian Abbey, the Mill Wheels, the Riverwalk to Catsby Cave and St. Patrick’s Holy Well are all to be found there.
points of interest
- The site of O’Donnell’s Castle
- Ballyhanna Medieval Graveyard
- Ballyshannon Workhouse
- Assaroe Waterfall & Old Distillery
- The Mall Quay
- The Handball Alley
- The Paupers’ Graveyard
- The Fair Green & County Donegal Railway
- The Diamond & Rory Gallagher
- The Old Barracks
Most of the route is on public footpath and road with some short stretches on uneven ground. Suitable footwear is advised and please be careful along the public roads. For lots more indoor Heritage and History visit the wonderful Ballyshannon and District Museum located on the 3rd floor of Slevins Department Store.