West Donegal’s purple covered mountains, lake filled valleys and a coastline that is blessed with golden sandy beaches provides a wide range of holiday activities for everyone. These include :
Water Sports : Carrickfinn’s Blue Flag beach, among its many others, are perfect for swimming, surfing, and scuba diving. Contact Rapid Kayaking for half day island tours and canoe trips. www.rapidkayaking.com
Lake/Sea/Shore Fishing : With so many lakes, the angler not only has a whole range of water to fish but also a wide choice of trout and salmon fishing www.rossesanglers.com Shore anglers are assured of excellent and varied fishing. Sea angling off the Donegal coast is a unique experience and a memorable occasion for anyone fishing it for the first time. Saoire Mara Charters operates a charter boat providing a wide range of marine activities www.saoiremara.com
Golf : Donegal’s links and parkland courses offer the golfer a wide variety of challenges to suit everyone. Nearby are
- Gweedore 9 hole www.gweedoregolfclub.com
- Cruit 9 hole www.cruitislandgolfclub.com
- Portnoo 18 hole www.narinportnoogolfclub.com
- Dunfanaghy 18 Hole www.dunfanaghygolfclub.com
West Donegal is highly rated for its coastal, national park and hill walks. For guided walks contact Seamus Doohan www.walkingdonegal.net . Irelands most iconic mountain Mt Errigal is climbed throughout the year.
Horse Riding : Nearby Dunlewey Trekking Centre offer treks through scenic areas with panoramic views of Mt. Errigal. www.dunleweystables.com
Part of the Carrickfinn Peninsula is a Special Area of Conservation. This area is paradise for artists, writers, photographers and bird watchers. Rare wild flowers are easily found. These include orchids, harebell, cowslip and sea pinks. The area is a haven to many birds, including swans, cormorants, brent geese and curlews.
BICYCLES ARE AVAILABLE TO HIRE AT DONEGAL AIRPORT
While on holiday here business need not be neglected. You can fly to Dublin and Glasgow daily from Donegal Airport. www.donegalairport.ie
Tourist Attractions Donegal
Places to visit that are near Carrickfinn Cottage and the Old Schoolhouse – Donegal
Ionad Cois Locha/ Dunlewey Lakeside Centre
Situated in the Poisin Glen at the foot of Mt. Errigal. Visit for heritage , culture, craft shop,traditional music, boat trips and childrens play area. www.dunleweycentre.com
Glenveagh National Park
Glenveagh is Ireland’s largest National Park, famous for its herd of red deer,and golden eagles.
Glenveagh Castle, overlooking the lake, is surrounded by its world famous gardens. The Castle contains fine examples of antique furniture, artworks and literature. .
The Workhouse Dunfanaghy
The Workhouse opened in 1845 on the eve of the Great Famine. Part of it houses an exhibition recalling life both inside and out.
Glebe Gallery Churchill
The artist Derek Hill gave his house and art collection to the nation. It is situated in beautiful woodland gardens overlooking Gartan Lake.
Sliabh League :
Rising almost 2000 ft from the Atlantic Ocean, Sliabh League is one of the highest cliffs in Europe, twice as high as the Cliffs of Moher.
Fans can visit Daniel O Donnell Visitor Centre Dungloe
- Local traditional irish music pubs include the famous Leo’s Tavern, home of Enya and Clannad
- Teach Hudai Beag Bunbeg
Donegals largest town is 1 hours drive away. Visit : St. Eunans Cathedral, County Museum, Letterkenny Flax Mills