December 18, 2001
When you reach the nice town of Doocharry be sure to buy food and stuff like that, or to mail a postcard, because you won't have another chance to do so for the next 2 days
-if you keep tracing our steps to Dunlewy, see the next chapter.
When you've done enough shopping, follow the R252 out of Doocharry, you should reach a small dirt road to your right after 2 kilometres or 1,25 miles. Follow the dirt road and after you've crossed a little hill you should be able to see the magical beauty of lough Nasnanida : the lake is divided into 2 by a small dyke over which the dirt road runs. It's a beautiful sight to see the water hitting the dyke from both sides.
Now retrace your steps and follow the road to the nice village of Brockagh.
Keep on following to dirt road when it makes a 90° turn to the right and starts to ascend. From now on you have to be very careful that you don't miss the ancient monk-trail which starts somewhere near the bridge over the small stream which comes from lough Nagaradee. You can recognize the ancient trail by its color: it is overgrown by grass and is thus of a lighter shade of green than the surrounding bogland.
Another help to find the trail is the river which comes down the mountain, if you keep to the left side of the river, you should cross the trail eventually.
The trail itself is sometimes not worthy of the name 'trail', there are parts, especially when the trail climbs, when you have to be very careful not to get wet trousers, this is BOG-territory.
You can take your time admiring this wonderful valley and be sure not to miss the most beautiful mountain lake you've ever seen: lough Annilar, situated on your right.
After a while you must start to climb Crocknascaufy mountain, do this when the trail reaches its highest point at about a kilometre or 0,625 mile after ough Annilar.
Go straight up to the saddle between the two summits of Crocknascaufy mtn.
At the top you should be able to see a small village, nestling on the slopes of the Derryveagh Mountains.
Head straight for the dirt road, cross the river and keep following the road to the left until you reach the safe haven of 'The Eagle's Nest' Hostel, where Eámonn and Mireille await you.
From journal Hiking in Donegal