Hidden Donegal

Hidden Donegal

Not many people get up to the wilds of northwestern Ireland, and that is both a shame and a blessing. Donegal, the northwestern edge of the island, has so much to do, see, and experience. But part of its charm is the fact that there aren’t tour busses around every corner. Image Credit

We stayed in Ardara for three nights. Ardara is a charming town along the coast, with a very long, beautiful beachy inlet nearby, sea caves, waterfalls, and countless other nearby gems. The town itself has several places to stay and eat, we were never disappointed. We stayed in the lovely BayView Country House B&B, which is about a half mile out of town, in a HUGE room, that had views of Errigal mountain out the back.

We had meals at several places, but our favorite was Nancy’s Bar. Nancy’s has been owned by the McHugh family for several generations. Nancy was the present owner’s grandmother, and the vibe is relaxed, friendly, and the food is outstanding. Don’t miss the mussels!

Nearby sites include Errigal mountain (stop by to say hello to Karl at the Errigal Hostel – he offers treks up the mountain and is a fantastic photographer); Glenveigh Park; and a bit farther afield, Glencolmcille (a fantastic folk park) and Sliabh Liag Cliffs, 900 feet above the sea.

Traveling north, you can go to Griannan Ailleach, a stone fort with a commanding view of the surrounding earth and water. North of that is the Inishowen peninsula, a treasure of views and villages, and a 7th century Celtic Cross.

I could easily spend a couple weeks in Donegal and still have more to explore.

Guest post, submitted by: Christy Nicholas