3. Inch Wildfowl reserve

The causeway with Brent Geese.

As well as being a paradise for bird watchers, the Inch Wildfowl Reserve offers a beautiful, flat, looped walking route. There is lovely variation in the scenery as you progress and the route is all on path except for a short 200m section along the minor road that leads to Inch Island. Also known as Inch Levels or Inch Lough the presence of mute swans, whooper swans and wild geese, as well as a host of other bird species, is a delight, as is the views of the ancient Grianán of Áileach ringfort on a hilltop to the south. There is much more information on the Inch Wildfowl Reserve Website.

The easiest access is by the Pump House carpark. Take the signposted left turn off the N13 at Burt Church and continue straight on at the next right angled bend for about 600m to reach the car park. There are two other starting points at Farland car park and Mc Grath’s car park.

  • Trailheads: Car parks (P) (A portaloo is located near the Pump House car park.) There are picnic benchs in various locations.
  • Length: 8km
  • Time: Allow one and a half to two hours depending on birdwatching and photography!
  • Ascent: Some short gentle rises.

Further Information: http://www.inchwildfowlreserve.ie/index.html