Aghla More

Donegal and Sligo Mountain Walks

Donegal and Sligo Mountain Walks


Your day will start at 8am where you will you will be collected from your accommodation. Provided that it is en route to the arranged walk or at one of the collection points. Times will be confirmed on the day.

You will be driven to Glenveagh National Park area, an area of outstanding natural beauty, in a private vehicle carrying a maximum of 5 people giving the trip an exclusive feel. Pickup can be arranged from one of the following pickup points on route. Castlederg, Ballybofey or Letterkenny. Private trips can be arranged for a minimum of three persons and will include pickups from Enniskillen or any reasonable area on the general route to the Park; including Omagh.  All mountain hikes will include stories of local folk lore, explanations of the medicinal uses of some of Ireland’s plants. A look at the fauna and flora on route. The history of the local areas and explanations around the geology of these breathtaking areas.

Your guide is a qualified mountain leader with over 4 decades of mountaineering experience and he will bring the mountains and the environment to life in a way which which make you reevaluate the way you view nature in the future.

We will hike to the top of Aghla More shaped by ice during the last Ice Age 12000yrs ago, forged by fire and gentled by rain, water and man. You will be lead off the tourist trail where you will feel like you are the only people on the hill.

The trek will take you into the valley containing the mysterious tower of Altan farm. It was part of a sheep farm that is situated at the head of Loch Altan. A loch approximately 3km’s long and 500metres wide. It has a chequered history from the 1800’s with evictions, theft, purchases, devastation and abandonment. The trek will continue up the southern shoulder of Aghla More to the summit, where on a good day you will get the best views of Glenveagh National park and the iconic Errigal Mountain.

Loch Flain, a glacial loch nestles near the summit of the Aghla More and if your hardy enough, you can bring your swimming clothes and brave the cold waters.  Your enjoyment and safety is our priority and you will return invigorated.

What else you should know

Maximum number of walkers: 5.
The walk is easily achieved by anyone with moderate fitness and where you may not be an athlete, you should still succeed in summiting, even if it takes a wee bit longer. If you would like to organise a private tour please contact me directly.)

What I will provide

Transportation: Car
Full equipment including boots and waterproof clothing can be provided with prior notice (2 Weeks)
The host will also provide flasks of tea on request. Please give the host a few days notice if this is required and how you take the tea or coffee, ie milk or sugar

What to bring

If you have your own, please bring waterproof clothing and sturdy walking boots and a small rucksack.

Please also bring lunch, enough water for the trip, snacks and toilet accessories.

Don’t forget to bring some money or a card if you fancy a well deserved beer, wine or a drink or your choice on the way home.

Medical conditions and emergency contact

You will be asked to complete a small form outlining any medical conditions and give an emergency contact.
Your host is a first person on the scene intermediate first aider and will have medical equipment with them. However, you are asked to bring any personal medication with you and make the host aware of any issues relevant to this trip.

Please see form below for completion on the day.


Acknowledgement of Risk and Medical Declaration

Read the above Acknowledgement of Risk Statement & please make Phil Mannus aware of any medical issues you may have prior to your mountain walk.

Please sign the form to acknowledge that the information you have given is true to the best of your knowledge.
N.B The minimum we require is name, email and person to contact in case of emergency (inc phone number)


  • Are you Fit and Healthy and able to participate in the activities to which you are joining? *

Yes No


  • Do you have any of the following?

Blackouts/Headaches/Dizziness Allergies to Bites/Food or medicine Asthma



Recent injuries/operations Epilepsy Diabetes Heart complaints Back/Neck complaints



  • Any other information you would like to give us? ie recent illness etc



  • Consent to use our Photos of you (EU General Data Protection Regulation)

You can of course ask for your photos not to be used.


We may use the photos taken by our leaders of you on our website and social media




Person to contact in case of emergency & phone number *


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Info for the walk

Mountain walking in Glenveagh and Sligo
Just a quick check list before you go on the walk.
As the walk is in what’s referred to as ‘Wild Country’ we need to have certain gear for safety. I can supply all the gear free of charge.
Do you have decent walking boots with ankle support and a heel?
We need proper waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers. A rucksack to carry your gear. Water, snacks, lunch, gloves, hat, warm jacket and a spare warm jacket. Any medication you use. Camera, phone, charger, and waterproof bag to protect these from the elements.
Money if you want to buy anything on the way there or back.
We can stop off at a cafe on the way where you can buy lunch.
Any questions, give me a shout. Looking forward to showing you into our fantastic  Mountains range.

If you need boots, I need your British boot size please.
Also can you let me know the address for pick up please. If you are staying outside the listed pick up towns please call me to see if pickup can be arranged. I will always do my best to accommodate you wherever possible.

Fun places to see in Belfast

Here are some details of places to eat in Belfast and places to go.
My favourite restaurant at the minute is the Bo tree Thai restaurant. It’s bring your own and cheap. Food is amazing.
It’s closed on Sunday though.

A great Indian restaurant which is a cheap place to eat at the minute is Kathmandu Indian is great
If you like Chinese 3Levels is lovely

If you fancy something a bit special and not cheap Shu and Graze are great

Places to go.
Ulster museum in Belfast. Closes at 5pm

Fibber McGees bar is great for some craic and has traditional music. The Perch roof top bar is great as is the Bullit.

Also Deans Love fish. Also closed on Sunday.  but you may get these another day. I think the Bo Tree is also closed on Monday.
If it’s a sunny day, Deanes have a restaurant called Deanes at Queens. It’s great if you can get a seat outside.
Hope that helps


  • Departure: 8:00 am
  • Depart from: Location to be arranged
  • Trip length: All day
  • Price: £80 per adult based on a minimum of 2 adults

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