Travel APRIL 22, 2017
Whatâ€™s new for 2017 Discover the Wild Atlantic Way The Ancient East awaits The charms of Glencolmcille
Take in the sights at Ladies View, a scenic point along the Ring of Kerry in Killarney National Park Picture: Tourism Ireland
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RELAND’S visitor numbers continue to rise. This is for a variety of reasons not least that it manages to meld the ancient with the innovative, offering spectacular scenery, a host of activities from hill-walking to surfing, and an ever burgeoning restaurant and club scene. The Guinness Storehouse remains Ireland’s no. 1 visitor attraction. Here you learn the secrets of stout, how roast barley gives Guinness its deep ruby colour, and how a perfect pint is pulled are gone into in some detail. The Storehouse includes an advertising section exhibiting all those wonderful Guinness posters of the past. The tour ends in the Gravity Bar – a drinking establishment with a 360 degree panoramic view across the city, and the perfect place with which to contemplate Ireland’s capital. The Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare are one of Ireland’s top half dozen tourist attractions. With a highly-lauded new visitor and interpretive centre, last year the site reported record visitor numbers, their sixth
successive year in excess of one million visitors. Recently this stunning geographic feature became incorprated into the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, one of a family of geotourism destinations throughout Europe that are members of the European Geoparks Network. Of course you don’t need to know about the geology, geography, paleontology etc. of the area. You can just stand on this windswept place overlooking the Atlantic, taste the salt on your lips, and enjoy the glorious view. The award-winning Titanic Belfast is now one of the top 10 visitor sights in Ireland. Here you’ll get the complete lowdown of the goings-on of the world’s most famous ship since Noah’s Ark. The story is explored from every angle in the eye-catching building that is Titanic Belfast. To find out more, take a Wee Tram tour of the entire Titanic Quarter. Sites include the SS Nomadic, which served as a tender. The HMS Caroline, a World War I cruiser, is moored alongside. The only survivor from the Battle of Jutland, the
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restored Caroline is the definitive display of matters nautical. In amongst all the traditional sights that Ireland has to offer — the likes of The Book of Kells in Trinity College, the Giant’s Causeway and The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin, a couple of surprising entries make their way onto the top 10 list of Ireland’s visitor attractions. In 2017 the National Aquatic Centre became the fourth most visited attraction in Ireland. There are many parts to this Dublin watery retreat, which is widely regarded as one of the most innovative in Europe. The Aquazone is for family fun with its array of watery delights (chutes, flume rides, artificial waves), while the 50 metre pool and Tone Zone is for the more serious swimmer and keep fit aficionada. The Tayto Park in Ashbourne, Co. Meath similarly finds itself in the same company as Kylemore Abbey and Dublin Zoo as one of the most visited places on the island. Although a crisp-themed park, the attraction offers a whole gamut of funfair activities such as the Cú Chullain Coaster, the Rotator (a frightening carousel with swings), zip wires and pendulum rides. The Game of Thrones impact on visitor numbers in the North continues to grow. Several tours are available which includes some of the best known locations from the series. Most start in Belfast or Derry, but some travel up from Dublin. All take in the essential sights: Dunluce Castle, Shane’s Castle in Antrim, the Dark Hedges, Ballintoy — all variously standing in for Winterfell, the Iron Islands and the Wildling Pit, plus many more.
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Clogher beach, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry
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RIDE THE WAVES
he Mulranny Park Hotel has an enviable position with The Wild Atlantic Way at our front door and The Great Western Greenway at our back door.
We are located a 45 minute drive from Ireland West Airport Knock and accessible by bike along the Great Western Greenway from Westport Train Station. From the moment you arrive and settle in you will realize that our Cycling Breaks are ‘geared’ towards your enjoyment.
Escape to Mulranny The Wild Atlantic Way at Our Front Door and the Great Western Greenway at Our Back Door
The Mulranny Park Hotel - The Wild Atlantic Way at our front door and the Great Western Greenway at the back
On your first evening you will enjoy a welcome drink in front of our cosy turf fire and meet other fellow Cyclists before moving to the Waterfront Bar to enjoy dinner followed by entertainment. Next morning after breakfast you have the choice of joining the group to take on the challenging roads of the West of Ireland with hills, hairpin beds and bog roads or if you prefer you can enjoy a leisurely cycle along the Great Western Greenway.
THE Mulranny Park Hotel has an enviable location overlooking Clew Bay and the Majestic Croagh Patrick. The hotel first opened its doors in the late 1800s as a Resort Hotel to cater for the many tourists and travellers using the train to travel to resorts such as Mulranny & Achill, from Britain and Ireland. Totally renovated in 2005 it is now a 4 star hotel with old world charm but with all the facilities you would expect in a modern hotel, with a full leisure centre, 2AA rosette restaurant, bar and a variety of room options to suit all travellers. During school holidays we offer a fabulous kid’s club to keep all the little ones entertained. The beach is right in front of the hotel and a Victorian Causeway links the beach to the hotel. The hotel has gained a reputation for fine food and has won numerous awards. The Waterfront Bar & Bistro also serves food and offers the finest views in Ireland.
You can stop and enjoy your packed lunch sitting watching the wave’s crash on shore and perhaps watch the kite surfers or paddle boarders before continuing your Cycle. Upon returning to the hotel why not relax in the hotub or enjoy a leisurely swim before joining your group for the great gourmet dinner with fresh local produce with views overlooking the Wild Atlantic Way after which you can enjoy a drink and the craic in the bar with a lively traditional band. Sunday Morning you can enjoy a hearty breakfast before once more heading for a Cycle to blow the cobwebs away and get your head ready for the journey home – if you can tear yourself away from this dream …. We also have a number of midweek packages available where you can explore the area at your own leisure.
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HE Great Western Greenway, formed along an old railway line between the towns of Westport and Achill in the spectacular west of Ireland, is a 42km traffic-free trail offering superlative cycling, walking and outdoor adventure opportunities. Snaking along the Atlantic coast, alongside Ireland’s famous Wild Atlantic Way driving route, the off-road greenway passes by some of the island’s most striking landscapes including Nephin Mountains, island-studded Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick – Ireland’s holiest mountain. The Great Western Greenway, named as a European Destination of Excellence, is surfaced along its entire length and with gentle gradients is suitable for
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individuals or families with moderate levels of fitness. Go the whole 42km or pick a section to explore at a leisurely pace, stopping to take in the sights, sounds and tastes of this ruggedly beautiful area. On the southern slopes of Slievemore Mountain near Achill explore the Deserted Village – some 80–100 deserted stone cottages, which are a haunting reminder of Ireland’s past. This area is rich in archaeological artefacts including megalithic tombs dating from the Neolithic period some 5,000 years ago. In Westport at the other end of the Greenway there is a chance to visit the magnificent 18th-century Westport House
sitting in a superb parkland with a lake, terraces and gardens. In between, golden beaches, picturesque villages and wildly beautiful backdrops throw up delights at every turn. Lovers of fine food can combine a walk or cycle with a gastro experience by following The Gourmet Greenway, a food trail along the same route, which highlights artisan food producers and local fare. Among the fine artisan food to be enjoyed on the trail is Murrevagh Honey, a handharvested honey produced using nectar from Mulranny. Award-winning black and white puddings and sausages are available from Kelly’s family butchers in Newport, while fish
lovers will delight in smoked Clare Island Atlantic Farmed Salmon, traditionally farmed Curraun Blue Trout or Achill Island turbot. Artisan cheese, organic vegetables, fresh breads and seafood are all for sale along the Gourmet Greenway route, and a host of first-class eateries along the way offer exciting menus featuring this local produce. The Great Western Greenway also offers exhilarating options for the more active, highlighted on the Greenway Adventures trail, which features a wide range of water and land-based activities that can be enjoyed near to and along the Greenway. The Greenway Adventures trail is a collection of soft, family and
extreme adventure offerings, allowing visitors the opportunity to mix and match myriad adventure activities in one area. These include rock climbing, abseiling, fishing, wind and kite surfing, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, as well as hiking and equestrian pursuits. For more see www.greenway.ie
A 42km trafic-free trail... Achill to Mulranny: 13km section of Greenway Mulranny to Newport - 18km section of Greenway Newport to Westport - 11km section of Greenway
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ALL AT SEA: Discover a world of wonder in Co. Kerry. Pictured here are visitors enjoying Great Blasket Island
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CO. KERRY is located on the south west coast of Ireland and is a world-class unmissable holiday destination. Kerry boasts some of Ireland’s most iconic and breathtaking scenery – majestic mountain ranges, long sandy beaches, a dramatic coastline, lakes, rivers, woodlands, and welcoming towns and villages. Attractions including Killarney National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Skellig Michael and a Dark Sky Reserve, to name but a few, result in over 1.7million visitors enjoying our beautiful county each year. Kerry people are renowned for their warm and genuine hospitality and we have a long tradition of welcoming visitors – Queen Victoria visited Killarney in 1861 and stayed in Muckross House – a 19th Century Victorian mansion set amongst the 10,000 hectares of Killarney National Park’s beautiful lake and mountain scenery, famous for its native red deer. A treasure trove of historic and pre-historic sites and monuments nestled amidst the awe-inspiring landscapes of our Beara, Iveragh and Dingle Peninsulas and the rolling pastureland of North Kerry are waiting
FUN WITH FUNGIE: Dingle’s most famous aquatic inhabitant to be explored. Kerry is the perfect destination to enjoy activities and adventure – on land, in the water and even in the air. We offer a natural playground for young and young-at-heart, with hiking, cycling, surfing and sailing, golf, fishing and star-gazing all on offer – indulging in your passion for adventure is easy in Kerry. Kerry is gaining a worldwide reputation as a ‘foodie’ destination with traditional
pubs, cafes and restaurants offering high quality, traditionally-produced locally-sourced food and beverage, at an affordable cost. With a wide range of accommodation to suit every budget and with several travel options, that can have you immersed within a couple of hours, in the county known as The Kingdom, Kerry is waiting to be discovered. So, what are you waiting for?
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HE Wild Atlantic Way, a 1,500-mile trail, stretches in spectacular fashion from the Inishowen Peninsula, in Co. Donegal, to Kinsale in Co. Cork. This innovative route provides a cohesive itinerary for visitors, sign-posted with recommendations of ‘discovery points’ — with enhanced viewing points and interpretive boards. It also aims to let the visitor know what is available along the route — culture, craic, heritage, food and adventure. From Cork to Connemara and then on to Ulster, the route passes great sea cliffs, pastel-painted villages, traditional music pubs, misty islands and ancient monuments. The Wild Atlantic Way provides information on activities you can take part in along the way — hiking, biking, water sports, fishing and onto the more adventurous sports of hill-walking, rock climbing, surfing and canoeing. In Donegal, the route naturally takes in Malin Head, the most northerly point on the Irish mainland. Donegal’s featured discovery points include the pugnacious coastline stretching from Dunfanaghy down to Killybegs. Sligo Bay is every bit as spectacular, and dolphin and whale-spotting trips almost elect themselves as discovery points.
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Knock Pilgrimages - a tour with a difference
PLACE OF PILGRIMAGE: Mass at Knock KNOCK PILGRIMAGES offers tours with a difference to the West of Ireland. At the core of the creative itineraries is a Co. Mayo native who has the expertise and local knowledge which makes for a very personal experience. Incorporating time spent in Knock Shrine with visits to famous sites like Ballintubber Abbey, Croagh Patrick, Westport Town, Cong, and Co. Sligo are all part of the experience. Whether you are travelling alone, part of a group, Catholic, or simply not religious, these trips offer a relaxing but thoroughly enjoyable experience along the famous Wild Atlantic Way. Great food, wonderful music, sitting by the traditional Irish turf fire, meeting new friends is all part of your journey with Knock Pilgrimages.
Knock Pilgrimages pride themselves on a very personalised service from start to finish. “Although you will be part of a group, you will feel looked after in a unique and individual way,” they say. “Our excursions are tailormade with you in mind ensuring a memorable experience. “We fly from British airports that serve Ireland West Knock. It’s only a short transfer from the Airport to your Hotel and we have wheelchair accessible rooms on a request basis. We will happily create an alternative itinerary for your group, and still guarantee the personal service and attention to detail.” *£25 Discount on booking when you quote ‘The Irish Post Travel Ireland Supplement’
Here’s what some people have said about the pilgrimage… ‘The atmosphere of the group initiated by the tour guide made it all very special.’ ‘I hadn’t travelled since my husband died and was nervous, what a wonderful trip to encourage me back to travel.’ ‘A wonderful trip with wonderful people and an ‘Angel’ Tour Guide.’ ‘Everything, including the hotel, was perfect. Thank you for a wonderful experience.’ ‘I will be returning.’ ‘It was much more than I expected.’ ‘I will recommend this trip to my friends.’ ‘You have it just right, a mix of prayer and entertainment.’
Or you might want to stretch the legs by following the Streedagh Spanish Armada Walk. This fascinating slice of Irish (and Anglo-Spanish history) is vividly brought alive here — with spectacular scenery as a dramatic backdrop. The route naturally has its own website (www.wildatlanticway.com) which will advise you where the best Instagram vantage points are, including the likes of Mullaghmore in Co. Sligo, a centre for surfing and the adrenaline-pumping sport of coasteering (basically throwing yourself of rocks into the Atlantic). Downpatrick
Head and Achill Island in Co. Mayo are both regarded as highly Instagrammable sights, likely to get your number of followers up considerably. Galway and Clare offer equally spectacular areas for making your friends back home envious. The skeletal limestone landscape of the Burren in Co. Clare really is like nowhere else on earth, while Galway City keeps up a steady pageant of entertainment throughout the year. Now if social media such as Instagram and Twitter etc are not really your thing, don’t worry. You’re likely to find plenty of similar-
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minded folks on the Wild Atlantic Way. The route has many other attractions to keep you all occupied. Nature’s raw beauty is continually to the fore, all the way down to Mizen Head the most southerly part of the mainland of Ireland. The scenery can be rugged, and sometimes gentle — parts of the Wild Atlantic Way become the Mild Atlantic Way on occasion, and the contrast is very attractive. The route wends its way southwards, finally reaching Co. Cork’s towns and villages. Finally Kinsale heaves into view: this is where you can relax in some of Ireland’s finest restaurants.
The Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s first long-distance route, and is spectacular and inspiring in equal measure. You can travel it in either direction, do parts of it in isolation, or, much better, take a week or ten days to discover — or rediscover — the charms of a gnarled and twisted coastline, of villages and towns bursting with character, and ancient and thoughtprovoking landscapes. En route you can join in sports and pastimes ranging from angling to zip-wiring, visit secluded gardens and island paradises, or hike across ancient landscapes.
Holiday learning with Oideas Gael in Donegal THE ever-increasing interest in Ireland’s language and culture, both nationally and internationally, has made Gleann Cholm Cille, Gleann Fhinne and Tory Island in Donegal the holiday destinations of choice for adult Irish language learners and cultural holiday enthusiasts. Over 2017, the varied courses will attract people from over 30 different countries with participants from several different nationalities attending each week. Courses are ideally suited to individuals who are out of touch with Irish but are keen to brush up on their conversational Gaeilge. Moreover, the courses are attracting growing numbers of absolute beginners from Ireland and North America. The end of July summer school flagship programme offers up to eight levels of Irish classes each morning and afternoon workshops in set-dancing, sean-nós dancing, sean-nós singing, tin whistle, bodhrán, hill walking and simple Irish songs.
Other holiday courses on offer over the summer include hill-walking (including a day-long hike on Sliabh Liag), archaeology, marine painting, landscape and environment, digital photography, tapestry weaving, harp, flute and bodhrán. Oideas Gael, this year, will present a course on the language and cultural riches of Tory Island. The course, limited to 30 participants, will offer an opportunity of interacting with the local community and enjoying a unique and memorable Irish welcome. According to Language Director, Liam Ó Cuinneagáin, the cosmopolitan mix of participants will, this year, be given a boost due to Tourism Ireland’s promotion of the Wild Atlantic Way. For more details call +353 74 973 0248 /+353 87 9173106. Email: email@example.com or go to www.oideasgael.ie
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Show Queen selection Followed by a disco
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Sliabh Liag Distillery Now reclaiming the distilling heritage of Donegal in the shadow of Sliabh Liag. Home of An Dúlamán, Irish Maritime Gin and The Silkie, Blended Irish Whiskey. Come visit our Gin Palace in Carrick. email@example.com www.sliabhliagdistillery.com
THE annual Glencolmcille Agricultural show takes place this year on Sunday, August 6. Glencolmcille Agricultural Show was first set up in 1953 by Fr McDyer. In its heyday, it featured over 1,600 entries in various categories, second only to the Balmoral Show in Belfast. The show was revived in 2010 and is now one of the biggest events of its kind in Donegal every year, with 2,500 entries expected this year. The show features livestock, cattle, sheep, horses and ponies, poultry and dogs. In the marquee there’s baking, knitwear and tweed, art, photography, arts and crafts and children’s activities including bungee, trampoline, vortex tunnel, a simulated rally car and performances from the Wexford Theatre company. There is also live entertainment on the day by local singer songwriter Eunan Mc Intyre and a jiving competition. The Show
Queen will be announced that night at the annual show dance in the marquee with dancing to The Cufflinks. For the third year running Byrnes Stores, Glen, Carrick and Kilcar are the main sponsors. “We are indebted to Michael, Adrian and Seamus for their generous sponsorship over the years,” the show committee said. “We’d also like to thank all our sponsors at home and
abroad for their continued support over the years. The show is a great place for returning emigrants to meet and there’s something for all the family with different events taking place throughout the day to keep the kids entertained.” Stall holders are welcome but must be pre-booked call the show secretary Dorothy on + 353 (0)87 6879977 or send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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John the Miners Central Bar
Live Music Every Night!
LEANN Cholm Cille (aka Glencolmcille plus many variants) is the centre of one of the largest Gaeltacht areas. It’s what you might call a reasonably old town: farming people first settled in the area between five or six thousand years ago. And it’s where to go for unspoilt beaches, spectacular scenery and a feeling of having left the hurly burly of modern life. Although Donegal has less than 30 inhabitants per square kilometre (very sparse in European terms), its reputation as a long-established holiday destination means that the traditional tourist spots can be busy. But not Glencolmcille — it
remains an outpost of tranquillity, a place where you really can get away from it all. As well as being an Irish-speaking area, this part of the country enjoys a huge reputation for traditional music. The fiddlers of the area enjoy a high profile throughout the world for their unique style. In villages such as Glencolmcille — and onwards round the coast — lurk some of the finest musicians in Ireland. The area is, of course, noted for its rugged Atlantic coastline, with magnificent beaches around every corner. The Silver Strand (An Trá Bhán)
Great spot for the craic, chat tune or song, always a few characters hanging about, the next blast of music is never far away either! Guinness legendary!! Main St, Roxborough Glebe, Carrick, Co. Donegal, Ireland +353 74 973 9144
Slieve League Lodge and Cook’s Pantry
Reclaiming heritage SLIABH LIAG DISTILLERY is reclaiming the distilling heritage of Co. Donegal. Against a backdrop of the resurgence in demand for Irish Whiskey, this artisanal distillery will be the first in the county for more than 175 years. Located on the Sliabh Liag peninsula in a parish steeped in distilling history, the distillery, designed by Corner Stone Architecture, have secured full planning permission on a site known locally as the ‘Bull Field’. The vision and driving force behind the distillery is James Doherty who after a successful career building international spirits and beer brands, brought his family back to the land of his parents to deliver his long held dream for a distillery. Having already released The Silkie, a blended Irish Whiskey, and soon to follow An Dúlamán, Irish Maritime Gin from the newly commissioned gin distillery. The flagship whiskey brand will be An Sliabh Liag a return to flavours of times past, rich smokey triple distilled whiskey as both traditional Pot Still and as Single Malt. “It is hugely exciting to see all the hard work coming to fruition,” Doherty said. “It’s been a hard road and our resilience has been tested but the support locally has been humbling and energising in equal measure and we know that the distillery will bring long term, sustainable employment and enhance the tourist potential of the area.” The gin distillery will be offering tours from this summer and they plan an investment round shortly and expect to be turning a sod at the end of the year. Call +353(0)749739753 or +353(0)872802156 for more details
Slieve League Lodge (Sliabh Liag) is a family run holiday hostel offering excellent accommodation as well as a bar and restaurant situated in the beautiful village of Carrick at the heart of the stunning Sliabh Liag peninsula in Southwest Donegal. Come and stay with us and enjoy a warm welcome, brightly decorated rooms, good food and regular local entertainment and traditional music. Cook’s Pantry offers a comfortable casual dining experience situated off from the main bar. Open seven days a week from 10 am through to 8 pm (summer time) with daily specials and home bakes.
Main Street, Carrick, County Donegal, Ireland. PHONE: (00 353) 74 97 39973 email@example.com
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STUNNING: Donegal’s coast is a sight to behold
Roartys Bar and Self Catering is situated in the centre of Glencolmcille overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and miles of golden beaches. Surrounded to the north and east by mountains the most famous one Slieve League. Enjoy live music daily throughout the summer.
Glencolmcille 00353 (0) 74 97 30273 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.roartys.com
Slieve League House B&B Croaghlin, Teelin, Carrick, Teelin, Donegal County, Ireland email@example.com • +353 86 150 5364
Sliabh Siag Walkers Dear Fellow Walkers, We would like to extend to you a warm welcome to our Walking Club. The Sliabh Liag Hillwalkers is a community based walking group that was formed in December 2009. The overall aim of the club was to promote the interests of hill walking and rambling activities within our area. The club also aims to promote awareness of the need to maintain access, conservation and protection of the Slieve League Cliffs and surrounding hills.
At the foot of the Slieve League Cliffs, Slieve League B&B offers en suite rooms with free parking and WiFi. This County Donegal B&B can also arrange kayak rental and guided walks of the area. • Cable TV • Tea & Coffee • En Suite • Hairdryer and Toiletries • Jacuzzi® bath. • Full Irish Breakfast • Free Laundry Service
“The whole area and accommodation is gorgeous and worth visiting. Can’t wait till we go back again!” “Excellent location, accommodating host and wonderful breakfast” “Fantastic location and friendly and helpful staff. Bathroom was very clean. Plenty of pillows” “Ken Doherty was wonderful, very welcoming, Upon check-in he made tea, coffee and biscuits, lit the fireplace and make us feel very comfortable”
2017 Schedule of Walks 10.30AM Saturday 29th April 7 Lakes Glencolmcille walk 10.30AM Saturday 27th May Port to Glenlough walk 12.00PM Sunday 4th June Pilgrims Path - One Man’s Path to Malin Beg (Fundraising walk for Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust. Registration required.) 11.00AM Saturday 24th June Muckish Mountain walk 10.30AM Saturday 29th July Benbulben Mountain, Sligo 10.30AM Saturday 26th August Sliabh Liag to Malin Beg walk 11.00 AM Saturday 30th September Maghera Waterfall to Glengesh Pass walk 11.00AM Saturday 28th October Cashel - Glenmalin Malin More loop walk 11.00AM Saturday 25th November Sheskinmore Nature Reserve walk 11.00AM Saturday 16th December Malin More to Rocky Point walk
Suzanne (00353 86 396 3150) or Tom (00353 87 257 5206) firstname.lastname@example.org | www.sliabhliagwalkers.com
a horse-shoe shaped inlet situated at Malin Beg, near Glencolmcille, could be numbered one of the finest seasides in the world — a beautiful unspoilt sandy beach surrounded by a necklace of cliffs. It looks as if it could easily have escaped from the Adriatic — albeit with a slightly more invigorating sea temperature. This is a beach-fanciers paradise, with an idyllic stretch of pristine strand, a tangle of dunes and a relatively safe swimming area. Its isolation means that it seldom gets crowded, and the fact that it’s in an almost enclosed bay, means that aren’t many surfers about. Near the car park there’s a small shop where you can by the essentials of life – potato crisps, buckets and spades, ice cream etc. All the makings for a perfect day out. Any drive round this coast line will take you past sea stacks — gnarled fingers of rock jutting out of the ocean. Cnoc Na Mara (Hill of the Sea) a 100m-tall stack of
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An idyllic village
AUTHENTIC: Enjoy a genuine Irish welcome at Glencolmcille Folk Village GLENCOLMCILLE Folk Village is located in one of Donegal’s most idyllic valleys, situated along the dramatic coastline of Glen Bay with its spectacular views of Glen Head. When you visit the Folk Village, you will experience a genuine Irish welcome with the cottages offering an authentic glimpse into rural Ireland from 1750 onwards. Fr James McDyer, the Folk Village founder, was appointed as Catholic curate to Glencolmcille in December 1951. He saw a valley being destroyed by emigration and poor social amenities and resolved to challenge the political systems that led to such a decline of rural communities. He initiated numerous projects, first
building a local village hall (Halla Muire), establishing agricultural shows, sports days, a large holiday village and Errigal seafood factory. The Folk Village, however, was his pride and joy and its success continues to the present day, attracting thousands of visitors annually to southwest Donegal. The Folk Village, supported strongly by locals and friends - many of whom have contributed the unique artefacts on display in the cottages and tea rooms - is an ideal destination for families and groups. Call +353 74 973 0017 or see www.glenfolkvillage.com for more.
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other end of the geological scale, but equally spectacular. One of the larger caves is said to have concealed a hundred people taking refuge from Cromwell’s troops. The road to the caves runs on the southern shore of Loughros Beg, cutting through steep-sided rock faces where streams tumble from their beds and free-fall to the base of the cliffs. The most spectacular of these is Assarancagh Falls. The Glengesh Pass is one of the quintessential Donegal sights. Connecting Glencolmcille to the town of Ardara the road winds through the valley and over the pass via steep gradients and hair-pin bends. From Glencolmcille to the Slieve League cliffs is another few spectacular miles. This is where Europe suddenly comes to an end, and drops 2,000 feet into the sea. Often called the thinking man’s alternative to the Cliffs of Moher, Slieve League is free, doesn’t have a visitors’
centre, and for the most part is low on tourists. Slieve League is one of Europe’s most magnificent sights. The richness in colour of the massive rock face provides visual pleasures non-stop. Different hues in the rock formation – orange, red and grey, mingled with stains of various metallic ores, accumulate with washed down clays and soils to provide an impossibly colourful background to the restless Atlantic below. It’s an amazingly historic and romantic place. Through this land armies have trudged, Spanish sailors from the Armada have taken refuge, smugglers have plied their trade, sheep have munched their way ever onwards. In the last century asses and ponies carried ladies to the very top of the cliffs. Forts and lookout towers from the Napoleonic wars cling to the edge – and everywhere the crashing sound of the ocean and the lonely call of seabirds fills the salty air.
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rock, stands 150m off the coast just beyond Gelncolmcille. They say that climbing this stack (yes, some people are mad/brave enough to do it) is one of the most exciting adventures in Ireland. We could well believe it — we didn’t give it a try, but am happy to accept that’s true. Have a go yourself, and let us know what you think. Stack-climbing, cliff-scaling and mountain climbing are popular pastimes in Donegal — round the coast there are potentially over 1,000 routes to climb. The townland of An Port, just north of Glencolmcille, is a popular destination for climbers — huge cliffs and dozens of stacks of all shapes and sizes dot the coastline round here. If you’re really bent on climbing one of these pillars Berg Stack, An Port is probably your best bet. This is the closest thing to an easy climb — the Wedge route is, I’m told, not too difficult. The caves of Maghera, just outside Ardara are at the
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Enjoy an enchanting stay at an island castle with 500 years of history WATERFORD Castle Hotel & Golf Resort is Ireland’s only island castle set on an enchanted 310-acre private island. The island resort’s 16th century castle offers luxury, security and privacy, located minutes from Waterford city. It is recognised as the 7th of The 50 Best Hotels in The World & 3rd of the Top Ten Hotels of Europe by Condé Nast Traveler 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards. In a picturesque location on the River Suir, access to the island is by private car ferry. Experience a wonderful sense of anticipation as you make the short crossing to the island and travel the beech-lined drive to the castle. As you enter the massive studded oak doors you are surrounded by the castle’s 500-year history, the carved stone and wood paneled hall, with its Jacobean style antiques, and intricate original tapestries. All five suites and 14 guest rooms are decorated to the highest standard and have the characterful quirks typical of a castle, with elegant décor full of authentic period detail and antiques as well as all the modern comforts of a world class hotel. Waterford Castle offers the very best of Irish hospitality. The castle’s 500-year-old history provides a stunning venue in the most beautiful surroundings imaginable to celebrate the most romantic and memorable occasion of your life with those you hold dear. The castle’s intimacy with only 19 bedrooms, makes an ideal venue on your most special day. The luxury resort provides discretion and privacy like few other destinations. Awarded ‘Best Wedding Venue Of 2016’ by Irish Wedding Diary, imagine having the most special of days on your very own private island in a castle that’s exclusively yours for your special celebration. From intimate gatherings to formal receptions, the dedicated award winning wedding and event coordinators will work to ensure that your day will run smoothly, their attention to detail, commitment and professionalism will make this a day to remember. Dining at Waterford Castle provides an opportunity to taste the best of traditional and contemporary Irish cuisine.
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The award-winning Munster Room Restaurant with its original oak panelled walls, ornate ceilings, dramatic portraits and painted scenes creates an atmospheric backdrop to a pleasurable dining experience, perfectly complemented by a comprehensive wine cellar. It is critically acclaimed in the Michelin Guide and holder of two AA Rosettes. The award-winning culinary team under the direction of Head Chef Michael Thomas who was honoured with the “Best Chef of Ireland 2017” by The YesChef Awards Ireland, uses only the finest local produce and creates a truly memorable fine dining experience. The island resort offers numerous activities for your family and guests. Special packages can be made to suit you and your guests’ needs during your stay with a private tour of Waterford Crystal, a tour of the Ireland’s oldest city’s museum, and much more. The island resort offers an array of activities from golf, falconry, tennis, clay pigeon shooting, croquet, nature trails, and much more. Ireland’s only true island golf course, Waterford Castle Golf Club enjoys idyllic seclusion located minutes from Waterford city centre, 90 mins from Dublin and Cork. The 18-hole par 72 Des Smyth designed course, is ranked in the top 30 parkland courses in Ireland by Golf Ireland. The course combines the best of parkland and woodland areas including numerous scenic and strategically challenging features. Offering practice facilities, 300 yard driving range, putting green, chipping and short game area. The Island resort’s PGA Professional offers custom fittings and private lessons at the Island’s Golf Performance Centre. The island’s modern light filled 45 self-catering lodges (sleep six - three double bedrooms) are located minutes from the castle. The Kings Channel Club House minutes from the lodges has a restaurant, bar, large function room and barbecue terrace. Waterford Castle will host a Pro-Am on July 1 to market the Golf Club’s 25th anniversary. Call +353 (0) 51 878 203 or email email@example.com for more details
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ISTORY both tumultuous and heroic lurks round every corner of Ireland’s Ancient East. This time-worn land has seen Neolithic farmers clear the land, rebel fugitives hiding in its woods, and great armies massing on plains ready for combat. Epic tales, saints and scholars, heroes and villains and pubs where the craic is guaranteed - are all part of the story. Sacred Ireland - the story of Ireland’s saints and scholars — is an indelible part of the fabric of the Ancient East. High crosses, built by the monks to help their flock understand the intricacies of Christianity, are a unique part of the Irish countryside. The route also takes in Ireland’s maritime story times, tides and poignant farewells from quaysides all along the coast. Viking Ireland is explored here too - the likes of Waterford and Wexford were first founded by these Norse warriors as they ravaged their way through these islands. Round towers, hastily constructed in mediaeval times to withstand the attacks, are another quintessential aspect of Ireland’s landscape. The Sport of Kings, ergo horse-racing, is an integral part of Irish society, and today Ireland’s equine expertise reaches across the globe. Everywhere are ancient stone remains, a ghostly extra dimension to the landscape. Some date back to Neolithic times, others are the remains of castles and ancient fortifications. Castles and conquests are an integral part of Ireland’s Ancient East. From the grandeur of the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary with its fairytale turrets and
A VIKING PAST: Waterford city is steeped in history crenellations, to the muscular beauty of Kilkenny Castle. The Ancient Irish East possibly boasts more castles and forts than anywhere else in Europe. Most of Ireland visible castles are of Norman construction. But these are modern, new-fangled structures compared with the complex Neolithic court graves, dolmens and ring forts, some
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TAKE a guided tour at Glasnevin - it’s dead interesting. The welcome daylight stretch has arrived like a long lost friend; flowery displays dance in indulgent proliferation, wafting sweet scents on the warm spring breeze. What better way to enjoy the beauty of the season than by taking a stroll around Glasnevin. A hauntingly gorgeous and impeccably preserved Victorian Garden cemetery each guide is passionate about sharing their love of heritage and history, telling the stories of Ireland’s complex and fascinating history. Glasnevin Cemetery covers 124 acres of glorious parkland with plenty to appreciate – perfect for those interested in exploring the legacies of Ireland’s heroes. The natural beauty of the grounds merges with a who’s who of
dating back 5,000 years. Places like Tara and Tlachtga are even older, going back to the time when the undead, accompanied by banshees, roamed the earth. The culture, the music, and the heritage of Ireland’s Ancient East have all been shaped by centuries of thunderous happenings, as well as mythical ones. Advertiser’s message
Irish history on the General History tour or the new Dead Interesting tour. The new Dead Interesting tour will visit the graves and hear the stories of little-known figures such as: ■ Maria Higgins, a woman who died once yet was buried twice in Glasnevin ■ The last Irish winner of Wimbledon ■ The man who cut the ribbon and opened Sydney Harbour Bridge when he wasn’t meant to ■ The vault that held secrets during the Irish War of Independence…and many more. Since 1832, Glasnevin is truly both the guardian and storyteller for over 1.5 million people. Glasnevin strives to showcase the fascinating stories, from the ordinary to the extraordinary, of those laid to rest in the cemetery.
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Ireland’s built and natural heritage enriches our understanding of history. Trace this history from our earliest civilisation to the birth of our modern nation through the centuries in between. Ireland presents its visitors with a unique heritage experience no matter what area of the country you choose to visit. Dublin, our capital city, is home to some of our country’s ﬁnest architectural examples spanning two millennia, some of which are now used as museums, state apartments and state residences. Boasting the largest public city park in Europe, Dublin also has many ﬁne examples of civic parks, gardens and botanic gardens, while our memorial gardens commemorate all those Irish who died at home and abroad for peace and freedom. Compare these elegant buildings with simple barren landscape of the early Christian monks of Skellig Michael off the Kerry Coast, recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site, or with the more elaborate ecclesiastical setting of the Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary. The grandeur of the parks and castles contrasts with the remains of a 5,000 years old civilisation found at the Céide Fields in Co Mayo or the spectacular prehistoric stone
fort found at Dún Aonghasa on Galway’s Aran Islands, both framed by the wild Atlantic Ocean. A diversity of landscapes can be enjoyed by nature lovers in the richness of our natural heritage. Off the southern coast can be found a world famous island garden of rare beauty – Ilnacullin or Garinish Island, while up north in Donegal lies Glenveagh National Park – over 40,000 acrea of mountains, lakes, glens and woods, and including a Scottish style castle surrounded by one of the ﬁnest gardens in Europe. On the south east coast, the John F Kennedy Arboretum in Wexford has a plant collection of international standing, containing 4,500 varieties of trees and shrubs from all temperate regions of the world. Towards the east, in December, the morning sun of the Winter Solstice awakens another unique world heritage site – Newgrange, Co Meath and lights the path of history to the seat of the ancient High Kings of Ireland at Tara. This region also contains a richness of architectural contrasts, The Neolithic tombs;
Trim Castle - the largest Anglo Norman Castle in Ireland; Mellifont Abbey, the ﬁrst Cistercian monastery in Ireland, or the wooded glens and ancient monastery of Glendalough.
Wherever you start your trip, a cultural feast awaits you. Come and enjoy our treasures.
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The Ancient East has several recommended routes. You can opt for the “From round towers to castle turrets in Meath, Offaly and Westmeath” - and each of those counties is well supplied with both. Another option is to take the route ”From the shores of Wexford and Waterford to Kilkenny’s river walks”. If horticulture is more your thing, take a tour
through the gardens of the Ancient East. And there are some world famous collections included in this area, including some true botanical curios. No matter what your interests, you’re likely to find it here in the Ancient East whether it’s hill-walking in the Slievebloom Mountains or the Cooleys, boating in the waters
of the River Shannon, or spending a day at the races at Laytown, Co. Meath, Europe’s only first class race meeting held on a beach. Ireland’s Ancient East is a place of turbulent history, ancient legends and myriad sporting activities. But today it’s a relaxing place with a wealth of attractions - both historic and contemporary.
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