Ardnamona Woods, Donegal Town - is a quiet Nature Reserve with a nicely created walking path looping around large oak, hazel and holly trees in a Woodland that is left in its natural state. There are beautiful mosses, bluebells, wood sorrel, streams and the lakeside to enjoy on this delightful walk developed by National Parks and Wildlife Service. The wood is also home to red squirrel, badger, fox and mink.
Classiebawn Castle & Mullaghmore.
The castle dominates the landscape travelling toward Sligo and on to Mullaghmore, built in the mid-19th century by Lord Palmerston. In recent times Lord Louis Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, Earl of Burma, last Viceroy of India and Supreme Allied Commander in SE Asia during WW2 succeeded to ownership of the castle and estate. In August 1979 his boat was blown up off the coast of Mullaghmore. Lord Mountbatten, his grandson Nicholas, Lady Brabourne and Paul Maxwell died. Mullaghmore, with its picture postcard harbour, views the of the ocean and expanse of golden sand, is a must see. From the picturesque 19th century stone-built harbour, sit and watch the fishermen at their work while vistas of the scenic Dartry Mountains dominate the background. A trip by boat to the ancient monastic island of Inishmurray, is only an hour’s sail away. Take the scenic drive around the headland.
Creevykeel Court Tomb, Cliffoney, Co. Sligo. Dating from the late Stone Age it was the focal point for early settlers in this countryside, a place of ceremony and worship fulfilling most of the functions of the Christian churches of today. Excavated ashes and bone fragments that have been discovered indicate burials and cremations, ceremonial rites of passage we still perform today.
Sliabh Liag also known as Slieve League is one of County Donegal’s truly iconic visitor attractions. Situated on the south west coast of County Donegal, Sliabh Liag is said to be the one of the highest and finest marine cliffs in Europe. A visit to Sliabh Liag will take your breathe away with its dramatic scenery, imposing cliff faces, and wild atlantic vistas
There are terrific views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sligo Mountains and Donegal Bay as you walk towards the terrifyingly high top of Sliabh League, where the cliff face of Bunglas rises over 600m above the raging ocean. Experienced walkers only should venture beyond the viewing point onto One Man’s Pass which loops around onto the Pilgrim’s Path
To fully enjoy the spectacle of Sliabh Liag it is best to leave your car at the car park and walk the few miles to the cliffs so as not to miss the exciting scenery of the area.
Users of the Cliff Top Path must wear suitable clothing and footwear as weather conditions can be unpredictable.
Phone: 00353 74 9739077 www.Slieveleaguecliffs.ie
WB Yeats Grave Sliabh Liag
Glenveagh National Park- A remote and hauntingly beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains, pristine lakes, tumbling waterfalls and enchanted native oak woodland in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in the north west of County Donegal. At the centre of the Park on the edge of Lough Veagh is Glenveagh Castle, a late 19th century castellated mansion, built as a hunting lodge.
Surrounding the Castle are the renowned Gardens, boasting a multitude of exotic plants whose luxuriance contrasts starkly with the surrounding barren landscape. www.Glenveaghnationalpark.ie
Eagles Flying, Ballymoate, Co Sligo. Experience Eagles flying from a birds eye view and even hold them in your hand if your brave enough. Ireland’s largest sanctuary for birds of prey and owls offers you incomparable impressions of majestic raptors soaring over one of the loveliest locations to be found. Experience some of the biggest birds of prey in the world flying closely over your head. Watch different species of eagles hunting on prey-dummies in their natural environment. Be astonished about the arrow like flight of the falcons and the high intelligence of the vultures.
Glencar Waterfall is situated near Glencar Lake, 11 kilometres west of Manorhamilton, County Leitrim. It is particularly impressive after rain and can be viewed from a lovely wooded walk. There are more waterfalls visible from the road, although none is quite as romantic as this one.
There are also on site picnic facilities and an information kiosk.
Phone: 00353 71 9161201
This is a six-mile loop of single lane road surrounded by spectacular mountain views. Getting there is easy. Just drive north from Sligo on N15 to Cliffoney (22km). From Cliffoney, continue north 2km to the first crossroads. Turn right as the sign indicates for the drive ahead.
Driving around the horseshoe one caanot miss the arched cave 1,200 feet up the mountain. This is said to be the last hiding place of Diarmuid and Grainne, in their fight to escape from Fionn mac Cumhaill leader of the warrior Fianna. Grainne, daughter of the High King Cormac Mac Airt, was married to Fionn at Tara in County Meath. At the wedding feast Grainne fell in love with the younger warrior Diarmuid, and persuaded him to elope with her. Fionn set out in pursuit of his Diarmuid and his new bride. Fionn’s pursuit was relentless but the couple eluded their pursuers for many years. The ruins of an old schoolhouse along the ring road stand as a reminder of a time when many lived in the valley.
Lissadell House & Gardens - is a neo-classical Greek revivalist style country house, located in County Sligo, Ireland.The house was built between 1830 to 1835, and inhabited from 1833 onwards, for Sir Robert Gore-Booth, 4th Baronet (1784-1835) by London architect Francis Goodwin. In 1876, Sir Robert left the house and surrounding estate to his son, Sir Henry Gore-Booth, 5th Baronet. The house is located on the south shore of the Magherow peninsula in north County Sligo over looking Drumcliff bay.
Yeats Country - Irish poet Willain Butler Yeats chose this peaceful churchyard at Drumcliffe in County Sligo as his final resting place, with it’s stunning location at the foot of Benbulben mountain. The graveyeard has the remains of a round tower and a high cross constructed in the 11th when there was a Christian monastery on site. The monastery was founded by Saint Columcille (Columba) in 574. Drumcliffe Tea House and Craft Shop offers a good selections of food together with mouth-watering home-made cakes and desserts. There is a selection of Yeats and Irish Interest Books to browse through, complimented by a distinctive selection of original quality Crafts.
Belleek Pottery- One of Irelands oldest and most fascinating attractions, It is home to the world famous Belleek Fine Parian China. On a tour of the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre you will have a chance to see some of the oldest and most prestigious pieces ever crafted at the Belleek Pottery centre. You will also have the chance to meet and have a chat with some of the craftspeople of Belleek Pottery. All of this is just a 10 minute drive from us here in Bundoran.