By Diarmaid Doherty
A call has been made for hill walkers to desist from painting markers on a popular track on Muckish Mountain.
It comes as volunteers from Mountaineering Ireland spent a number of hours on Sunday removing the directional arrows which were painted on the iconic Miners Track.
One volunteer who contacted the Donegal News this week to highlight the issue said the arrows were large and rudely painted along the route.
“The unknown person or persons who painted the arrows probably did so for the best reasons,” he said.
“But Mountaineering Ireland (the national representative body of hillwalkers and mountaineers) had received negative feedback from a number of individuals whose experience was spoiled by what they described as unnecessary graffiti, and a breach of the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic on our precious uplands.”
He added: “People who are familiar with the Miners Track will know that it is mostly obvious, but there are one, or possibly two, places where the unwary could go wrong. These arrows were left for safety reasons.
“The arrows were large, white, crudely painted, usually 20-30 metres apart, sometimes only a metre or so. Hopefully these arrows will not be replaced.”