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Finn Valley/Ireland

Introducing Finn Valley

Off the beaten track, even by Donegal standards, the Finn valley makes a serene escape for fishing, hill walking or cycling. The River Finn is a good salmon-fishing river. There’s also good hill walking on the Blue Stack Mountains and along the Ulster Way, but you do need to be equipped with maps and provisions. Finn Farm Hostel can dispense maps and advice for the area. A long, one-day trek could start from the hostel and end in Glenties.

The main town is Ballybofey (Bealach Féich), linked to adjoining Stranorlar by an arched bridge over the Finn. There’s a locally run tourist office (074-913 2377; Main St; 9am-5pm Mon-Fri) in the Ballybofey Balor Theatre. In Ballybofey’s Protestant church is the grave of Isaac Butt (1813–79), founder of the Irish Home Rule movement.

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