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Inishowen Walking Festival 17.08.21

GRAB your walking shoes and camera and join Artlink for the ultimate walking experience on the Inishowen Peninsula. The Inishowen Walking Festival will take place between the 10th-12th of September 2021. The event showcases a number of scenic walks over the 3-day weekend. Explore Inishowen, as you never have before, with expert guides and local historians.
To book your Inishowen Walk visit: www.eventbrite.ie .
This is an all inclusive festival, however some walks may not be suitable to all abilities. Please check the details of each walk individually. Different walks may commence at the same time, so please be mindful that you do not book coinciding walks. Organisers reserve the right to cancel double bookings to ensure full capacity.
To book your Inishowen Walk visit: www.eventbrite.ie
Below are the available Artlink Walks at Fort Dunree and the surrounding area...

Audible Art Wander with Sarah Duffy
Location of Walk: Fort Dunree
Date/ & Time: Saturday, Sep 11, 2021 11.00 am exact start time
Duration: 1hrs
Distance: 3km
Walk Level: all levels
Accessibility: Fully accessible. Free parking available at Fort Dunree car park and access to toilets.

Description: During this short walk uphill, we will come to a place where we can see the land of Cill Ard, where recently the West Inishowen History and Heritage Society engaged archaeological geophysics organisation, Earthsound, to undertake an electromagnetic survey of the site. For decades, the site has been known locally as having a settlement, possibly monastic or Viking. This exploration has uncovered strong evidence that the site was indeed once the location of a medieval monastery. Artist, Sarah Duffy, has acquired the electromagnetic data and transformed it into sound to reveal something of the hidden history that lies below the soil. During this short wander, we will listen to this newly created sound artwork for the first time, with the land and surrounding areas in view.

What to Wear: Comfortable shoes, waterproof clothing, sunscreen
What to Bring: Smartphone and headphones, water


Fort Dunree Nature Walk with Terry Tedstone
Location of Walk: Fort Dunree
Date/ & Time: Saturday, Sep 11, 2021 2:00pm
Duration: 2hrs Distance: 3km
Walk Level: all levels
Accessibility: Fully accessible. Free parking available at Fort Dunree car park and access to toilets.

Description: This family friendly nature walk will be guided by local artist, historian and environmentalist Terry Tedstone who previously worked on site and established Fort Dunree Wildlife and Nature group. Terry has a wealth of experience and knowledge on wildlife and knows the site like the back of his hand. This will be a fun and engaging walk that celebrates the beautiful wildlife right here on our doorstep.

What to Wear: Comfortable shoes, waterproof clothing, sunscreen
What to Bring: water, camera


Fort Dunree Mindful Wander with Michaela McDaid
Location of Walk: Fort Dunree
Date/ & Time: Saturday, Sep 11, 2021 6:00pm
Duration: 2hrs
Distance: 3km
Walk Level: all levels
Accessibility: Fully accessible. Free parking available at Fort Dunree car park and access to toilets.

Description: Ecotherapist Michaela McDaid, will guide us on this mindful wander around the majestic site at Fort Dunree. Meeting in Amach Anseo Community Garden for tea first, then a gentle walk where we will come to settle in a ‘sit spot’ for a sunset meditation around 7.30-7.40pm. After the guided communal meditation participants will be invited to a solitary reflection.

What to Wear: Comfortable shoes, waterproof clothing
What to Bring: maybe a cushion/something to sit on, a cup for tea


Green Hill Hike with Sharon Porter
Location of Walk: Green Hill Hike
Date/ & Time: Sunday, Sep 12, 2021 10:00am
Duration: 4/5 hrs
Distance: 12km
Walk Level: Intermediate
Accessibility: Limited accessibility – no mobility accessibility and not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies. Parking at 55.194023, -7.494098. No access to toilets.

Description: Get away from it all with a local on this 12 km route steeped in cultural heritage with extensive views of the Urris Hills, Bulbin, Inishowen and West Donegal. There will be plenty to talk about as we ramble along this varied route including an old monastic site, turf cutting, windmills, a lough and the flora and fauna of the bogland. Our lunch stop will be on the summit of Aghaweel Hill giving panoramic views of Lough Swilly and West Donegal. Hear the Amazing Grace story and other tales as we take in the stunning vistas and chill-out above the Lake of Shadows. This walk is over mixed terrain including track, bog and hill ground which may be boggy, slippery and rocky underfoot. A good level of fitness is required for this walk with up-hill sections and a total ascent of 220 metres.

What to Wear /What to Bring: Waterproof coat and trousers, hat and gloves, walking boots, lunch and lots to drink (2L), warm clothing, sun cream, midge repellent, face mask and hand sanitiser and a ruc sack to carry it all in. No jeans, please. Don’t forget your camera!


Fort Dunree as Gaeilge with Glór
Location of Walk: Fort Dunree, meeting at Port Bán/Crummies Bay/Dunree Beach
Date/ & Time: Sunday, Sep 12, 2021 3:00pm
Duration: 3-4hrs
Distance: 7km
Walk Level: intermediate
Accessibility: Parking available along the road at Port Bán or at Fort Dunree car park and where there is access to toilets.

Description: Glór Inis Eoghain is a community group formed to promote the use of Irish in the Inishowen peninsula. Glór will accompany participants on a walk and talk as Gaeilge for all those interested in hearing and using Irish. Starting at Dunree Beach going on the hillside walk to Mamore gap road, then to the well of St Colmcille/St Eigne and back via the Pinch Road. The route is all on road but there is a steep uphill climb.

What to Wear: Comfortable shoes or walking boots, waterproof clothing
What to Bring: water, camera, snacks


To book your Inishowen Walk visit: www.eventbrite.ie
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