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Stay in scenic Donegal.
County Donegal in the northwest of Ireland is notable for its beautiful, unspoilt scenery. Our house is situated at Barnesmore, a scenic area on the eastern side of the Bluestack mountains. Nearby is Lough Eske. (See the video attached). The south-western coast of Donegal is a ten minute drive away; it continues westward to Glencolumkille, passing on the way stunning Slieve League, reputed to be the highest sea-cliffs in north-western Europe. In the southern direction it stretches down into Sligo and Yeats country under Ben Bulben. Further south are counties Mayo and Galway, and the rugged beauty of Connemara.
Our second home is in a very quiet location, being at the end of a small country road which has a scattering of houses along it and the mountains stretching away behind it. We use it a lot so it has all the comforts of home. It is a dormer style house with two bedrooms ensuite and another room that we convert into a bedroom when needed. It was built around 2002 and has most modern appliances, but when we are there we enjoy being away from internet contact so there is no phone or computer. If you wish to use these Donegal town is about ten minutes car drive.
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Nearby are beautiful walks by lake, sea, mountain and woodland.On the east side of Barnesmore there is a Natural Heritage Area for the conservation of upland bog and wet heath habitats; behind the house, on the west side, there is an extensive area of open hill and mountainside that walkers will love. There is golf at Murvagh 19km, world-standard surfing and kite-surfing at Rossnowlagh 25km and Bundoran 37km, boat trips from Donegal town 8km, theatre in Ballybofey 16km and Letterkenny 40km, cinema in Bundoran, lots of excellent angling, kayaking, horse-riding and great traditional music throughout the county.
For those interested in Irish culture, inter-county Gaelic football features on many Sundays in nearby Ballybofey, an Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area), can be found in the west and northwest of the county, there are some notable venues for Irish music lovers including Leo's Tavern in Crolly, homeplace of Enya and Clannad as well as nightly sessions in Donegal town.
Tourist attractions within easy reach include the iron age fortress, Grianán an Aileach; stark and beautiful Tory Island; Derry city with its perfectly preserved city walls; Glenveagh; Inis Murray island with its monastic remains. As a starting point for touring, recommended circuits might include the Giant's Causeway, the Irish American Folk Park near Omagh, the Antrim Coast, Florence Court and the Marble Arch Caves in Fermanagh and many many more.
Below is a list of Youtube videos with sights from Donegal, Derry, Sligo and the whole island of Ireland; take an armchair trip to some of the most beautiful places in the country.
Barnesmore Gap and Lough Eske Videos:
Derry City and Donegal Video
Some Events/Festivals in Donegal:
Mary from Dungloe International Festival, Dungloe, July
MacGill Summer School, Glenties, July
Earagail Arts Festival, various venues in North Donegal, July
Bundoran Sea Sessions, June
Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival, rock 'n blues, Ballyshannon, June
Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival, Aug Bank Holiday
A comprehensive calendar of Donegal events can be found in the first website below.
So come and see Donegal for yourself.
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