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The tweed and knitwear capital of the northwest, Ardara is about far more than woolly jumpers. Stay in this Donegal gem and you are ideally placed to experience the stunning Glengesh Pass and the amazing views of Loughros Beg Bay
Drive through the glaciated valley of Glengesh between Ardara and Carrick, negotiate several hairpin bends, (this pass is known locally as “the S”!), and you reach a height of 270 metres over Glengesh Pass, where Loughros Beg Bay is beautifully framed between the flanks of the Glengesh and Mulmosog mountains. It’s a view worth battling your vertigo for.
Just outside Ardara, on the road to Killybegs, you pass the remarkable Easaranca (“wrinkled waterfall”). The waterfall itself is a delight on any day, but after heavy rain the volume of water seems to multiply to thunderous levels. Keep going for the magnificent seclusion of Maghera Strand.
Housed in the old courthouse, the community-run Ardara Heritage Centre was established to showcase the area’s tweed industry. It has since expanded to feature a fine 150-seater theatre, but it still focuses on the weaving process, from fleece to finished product.
Delightfully secluded, Glencolmcille is scattered with megalithic tombs and remains, making it a great place to discover Ireland’s ancient heritage. Starting at St. Columba’s Church in the village, you can take any number of walks, but two of the most interesting include the Drum Loop and abridged Tower Loop.
You know spring is here when the Ardara International Walking Festival gets going. Catering for all fitness levels, with guided walks ranging from short to strenuous, the festival is a great way to get to know this stunning corner of Donegal in a convivial atmosphere.
Taking place over the May bank holiday weekend, Ardara’s Cup of Tae Festival pays tribute to the rich heritage of traditional music in this part of Donegal. Workshops and classes honour the best local musicians.
The Kilclooney Dolmen is a portal-tomb or dolmen that dominates the skyline north-west of Ardara. This is a fine example of this kind of monument, offering a textbook example of the dolmen’s classic features.
Rising from the middle of Doon Lough is a remarkable stone fort. An imposing 4.8m high walled enclosure dating from possibly 3000 B.C., Doon Fort is well worth hiring a boat to experience up close. Lough Doon is beautifully situated close to the coastal villages of Narin and Portnoo, 9 km north of Ardara.
Charters operate from Portnoo Pier, a prime fishing area. You can rent rods and reels and fish for mackerel, cod, pollock, ling, red gurnards, ray, wrasse, and tope. Between August and October, you can fish for shark. You will also see dolphin, basking sharks, and seals in Dowros Bay and Roan Inish (island of seals).
Donegal is well-known for its wild, windswept strands, but Nairn, 8km from Ardara, is delightfully sheltered cove beach. This Blue Flag beach extends for about 2 km along the Atlantic coast, and you can walk to Inishkeel Island at low tide to see wonderful examples of ancient cross slab stones. .
4.2km from Ardara
A “cead mile failte” awaits you at this authentic traditional thatched cottage, set among its own grounds on a small working farm on the beautiful scenic west coast of Donegal. This cottage has one spacious bedroom, a bathroom with electric shower, a kitchen/dining-room, a sitting-room, and a small entrance hall.
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5.2km from Ardara
Stay in a modern 3 star bungalow with two bedrooms just 5km from the heritage town of Ardara, County Donegal.
The home is situated on its own grounds and commands views of the countryside, mountains, and sea.
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1.9km from Ardara
For an idyllic break, stay at a pretty holiday home located just 5km from the heritage town of Ardara, County Donegal.
The two-bedroom bungalow is situated on the scenic Loughros Point Peninsula, with some of the most spectacular scenery in the area right outside your door.
4km from Ardara
You can enjoy delightful 3-star accommodation in a three-bedroom cottage just 3.5km from the heritage town of Ardara, County Donegal, on the Ardara to Portnoo Road. The cottage is located on its own grounds in a serene, rural setting. The property is equipped with every modern comfort.
3.6km from Ardara
You will be stunned by the sea and mountain views from this 3-star holiday house in Ardara. Situated on its own grounds with private parking, it is the ideal destination for a relaxed winter or summer break. The house has two bedrooms with one double bed in each room and wash basin in one room.
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2.8km from Ardara
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0.1km from Ardara
Enjoy the scenic surroundings of this property on its own private grounds just 1km from Ardara town in County Donegal. This attractive, newly-built holiday home is family-friendly and tastefully furnished throughout with a garden for guests' use. It sleeps 6, in 3 bedrooms.
4.5km from Ardara
Enjoy three-star comfort at a cottage set on its own grounds on a small working farm with wonderful sea and mountain views in a stunningly scenic part of Donegal. This cottage has 3 bedrooms, kitchen/livingroom, sitting-room, bathroom, separate toilet, and a spacious bright entrance hall.
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