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.

This short trail (1.5km) guides you through the streets of Ballyshannon town centre in search of some hand crafted treasures.

Skilled craftspeople of old and new have left their mark in this town. Can you find the cut stone arch of Ballyshannon’s old bridge? Or the carved Gargoyle perched upon the Clock Tower? The handmade Bronze sculpture of Rory Gallagher and modern-day crafters can be visited at Local Hands. The traditional crafts of Thatching, Ironmongery and sign writing can be seen amongst our streetscape. Visit an exhibition at the Helen Allingham Gallery or maybe sample some hand made Craft Beer at Donegal Brewing Company.

points of interest

  • Old Bridge Arch beside the Credit Union. Spot the new Celtic carving up high by sculptor, Brendan Mc Gloin.
  • Carved keystone above arch at the Old Barracks 1700.
  • Stone Gargoyle on the Clock Tower.
  • Rory Gallagher bronze statue by David Annand 2010.
  • Local Hands Art and Craft Co-op.
  • Crafted Ironwork on Main Street. Railings, Boot Scrapers and the Pillar Post Box.
  • The Thatch Bar.
  • Traditional Signwriting at Mc Ginleys.
  • Helen Allingham Art Gallery at The Abbey Centre.
  • Mural on Market Street.
  • Historic Mural in Dicey Reilly’s Off Licence and Etched Glass panels.
  • Craft Brewing at Donegal Brewing Company.

Another fine hand crafted treasure is to be found at the Mall Quay. The “Three Dolphins” was created by Barry Britton and hand sculpted by Joe Kelly, master stonemason of Rossnowlagh. The memorial to three local fishermen lost at sea.