Things To Do in the Area

Local Days Out

Beaches around Ardara

Fintra (about a mile from Killybegs in the direction of Kilcar) and Narin Strand (about 8 miles north of Ardara) are both long sandy beaches, perfect any time of the year.

Beaches around Ardara

Maghera (see sign post on the way out of Ardara in the direction of Killybegs) is another lovely sandy beach which has numerous caves that have been dug into the rock by the sea over the years. There is also a wonderful waterfall to watch out for on your left as you drive to the beach.

Sea Cliffs at Slieve League
The coast around Ardara

These are the highest sea cliffs in Europe and have a 2000 foot drop from their highest point. This is a great place for a bracing walk with views to the Sligo Mountains and Donegal Bay. Drive to the village of Carrick and then onto Teelin. You will pick up signs there for Slieve League.

Donegal Town

This is a bustling small town arranged around a central “Diamond”. There are a number of craft shops and other tourist related shops on the Diamond, including Magee of Donegal which has been producing clothing for men and women since 1866. Also visit Donegal Castle built in the town on the banks of the River Eske by the O’Donnell Chieftan in the 15th century. This has recently been restored by the State and is open to the public.

Glencolmcille Folk Village
Thatched cottages at Glencolmcille

Drive to Glencolmcille over the spectacularly scenic Glengesh Pass (signposted just outside Ardara on the Killybegs side of the town). The Folk Village in Glencolmcille comprises a group of traditional thatched cottages which form a little village which depict what life would have been like there in past centuries. There is also a tea room and a craft shop. Open Easter to end of September.

Glenveagh Castle, Gardens and National Park
Glenveagh Castle

Visit the wonderful Gothic style Glenveagh Castle and gardens which are about an hour away about 16 miles northwest of Letterkenny. The national park covers approximately 40,000 acres of rugged, pristine mountains and lakes. For full details see or call 074 913 7090.

Glenveagh National Park