Shaun & Mary Doherty
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Walks 1 - The Mullagh Way
Start: On R238 at visitors' information sign in village opposite Londis supermarket. Loop walk.
Length: 2.7 km. (1.7 miles). A bracing route over level terrain except for centre section which involves a gracious climb of 1km.
Attractions: spectacular sea views over Glasheedy and Carrickabraghy Castle, passing the deserted village of Mullagh, hidden from view. Excellent views of Crockaughrim to right, Bulbin ahead and Rachtin to the left. Loop walk.
The walk begins with a descent towards the shore for about 1 km. with a mixture of old and new houses on the left, many with beautifully landscaped gardens, one of which has a standing stone. At the Pollan Beach hotel, turn left and begin the climb through Ardagh, birthplace of a famous writer, John Toland. At the top of the hill, beside the helipad, stop and admire the coastal views. The legendary village of Mullagh, now deserted, is hidden from view in trees behind the helipad. Behind it there is a mass rock, a stone row and lazy-beds, used for the cultivation of potatoes in the past. At the T-junction, turn left at the traditional cottage thatched with Inishowen flax and tied down with blue ropes; cheers, it's all downhill, past the old green pump as the R238 crossroads looms ahead. Take note of the restored yellow railway cottage on the corner. Turn left and head back to village but before you reach the TOP station, check out the humpbacked, railway bridge, built around 1900, 50 metres down a side road to the left.