Donegal Heritage Trails

I had the pleasure of following Deirdre on a heritage trail of the village of Rathmullan on a lovely sunny afternoon in mid-April. The trail visits the Battery, abbey, local church graveyards, the courthouse and the area around the Flight of the Earls sculpture. Hope you like the photographic record below.

Donegal Heritage Trails

Contact Deirdra on 00353 86 2421008

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Donegal Heritage Trails

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Visit Ardara

Visit Ardara

Ardara is located in South-West Donegal. The area is famous for its spectacular scenery, beautiful unspoilt beaches, and the hospitality of its people. Ardara is a designated Heritage Town and also a well known centre for the manufacture of Donegal homespun tweeds.

The area boasts a thriving tourist trade and social scene, and has been dubbed “The Festival Capital of Donegal” as well as being a designated Heritage Town. If you are hoping to visit the area, we offer you a hearty welcome. If you are from Ardara and are living elsewhere, we hope we can keep you up to date with the goings on from your home parish as often as possible.

Windsurfing at Magheroarty

Windsurfing at Magheroarty – Tuesday

Video of Mikey Clancy windsurfing at Magheroarty – off the northwest Donegal coastline.

This young Dubliner is one of Europe’s most talented young windsurfers and has gained respect from fellow PWA competitors for his aggressive, progressive wave riding style. Based in the Irish Capital – probably the only leading metropolis in Europe with windsurfing beaches a stone’s throw from the city centre – Clancy has enjoyed a unique ocean-side upbringing in an urban environment, and regularly strikes-out to the west coast for a taste of raw Atlantic power.

Location of Magheroarty Beach

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Amazing Grace Concert

Amazing Grace Concert – Easter Sunday 8 April, 7.30pm at The Inishowen Gateway Hotel.
Tickets for the Amazing Grace concert are on sale at the Buncrana Tourist Office or from [email protected]

Click here for details of 2013 Festival

Ireland’s beautiful Lough Swilly was the setting for a dramatic story which changed the life of a foul mouthed slave trader. John Newton went on to pen one of the most famous and well-loved songs of all time – “Amazing Grace”.

A violent storm in the Atlantic Ocean crippled Newton’s ship. When all hope was lost, the Greyhound found refuge in Lough Swilly, County Donegal in the North West of Ireland.

Years later, Newton wrote “Amazing Grace” to chart his personal spiritual journey which began with his miraculous escape from death.

He went on to become a prolific hymn writer and, later in life, to mentor William Wilberforce in his fight against the Slave Trade. He was a changed man thanks to his encounter with God’s Amazing Grace.

Discover more at about the John Newton’s story, the song “Amazing Grace”and the beautiful Lough Swilly. And be inspired to continue Newton’s fight by discovering more about slavery today.

Amazing Grace Concert

Dunlewey Theatre

Dunlewey Theatre

Welcome to Dunlewey Theatre, a brand new state-of-the-art performing arts venue with a capacity of 550 seated and 850+ standing, surrounded by the stunning backdrop of Dunlewey in the heart of Donegal Gaeltacht.

We are based at the edge of a tranquil lake beside the famous Poison Glen at the foot of Mount Errigal.

We accommodate all arts, film, music, drama, comedy and cabaret etc from local, national and international performers. One of our main priorities is to network with entertainment organizations in Ireland and abroad to help bring high quality entertainment to our vibrant community.

Rein de Groot
Marketing and Entertainment Manager
+ 353 87 782 5892

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Technology and Tourism in the North West

Technology and Tourism in the North West

Fáilte Ireland’s annual e-business conference event will take place at the Clarion Hotel, Sligo on Tuesday 24th April from 8.00am. This year’s conference, entitled “Your Online Focus – Home and Away”, will explore how technology and tourism can be brought closer together so that tourism businesses in Donegal and the North West can sell more effectively to the 21st century tourist both domestic and overseas.

The internet is the most important factor for almost half of those overseas travellers who decide to visit Ireland with seven out of ten relying on the web to plan their visit here.

Delegates will hear from a number of online experts such as Scott Field, Google who will outline how businesses can make themselves more easily found on Google and the tools that are available to make that happen.

Andrew Weld-Moore, Facebook will examine the benefits of setting up a business page using social networking sites, such as Facebook, and how tourism businesses can optimise their online presence for both domestic and international consumers.

Allister McGregor, Trip Advisor will also be present at the conference to discuss the prominence of customer reviews and how tourism and hospitality businesses can most effectively address issues associated with this enormously powerful and popular review platform.

Breakout sessions including an open house workshop will also take place during the day which will enable attendees to meet with the presenters and discuss their offerings on a one to one basis.
Looking forward to the conference, Mr Stephen Dudley, Fáilte Ireland’s E-business Manager, emphasised:

The majority of travellers now research, plan and book their holidays through the internet with many spending hours visiting a number of websites before making a decision. It is imperative for tourism businesses to engage with new technology and ensure that they online and ready for business. We are particularly delighted that this year Trip Advisor is taking part in the conference. Ensuring that you are up to speed with online reviewing and how to deal with it must be an integral part of a tourism business’ day to day activity.

Download full details here

Donegal and the Irish Open

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD recently urged members of the Donegal tourism industry to take full advantage of all the opportunities presented by the Irish Open which will be held in the nearby Royal Portrush Golf Club from 28th June – 1st July, saying “It is imperative that as the cream of golfing journalism descends on Antrim to cover the event that we take advantage of their proximity to win some reflective glory.”

  • Fáilte Ireland is endeavouring to leverage the event to the full benefit of Donegal by rolling out the following initiatives:
  • Top golfing journalists will be invited to visit the region and sample local golf product.
  • A special twelve-page supplement is planned to run on the 19th April in advance of the Open, promoting Donegal, Ballyliffin, Rosapenna etc as a top-class golf destination.

Fáilte Ireland’s Golf website will have a dedicated Irish Open page where it will promote golf and other tourism offers available in the northwest during the event.

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Loganair Doubles Glasgow Donegal Flights

Loganair Doubles Glasgow Donegal Flights – Tourism Ireland warmly welcomed the announcement by Flybe franchise partner Loganair of its intention to double the number of flights on its Glasgow to Donegal route this summer – from three to six per week. The airline has also said it will waive baggage charges until the end of April.

Working closely with airlines to build demand for routes is a key priority for Tourism Ireland and this expanded service will certainly provide a boost for tourism from Scotland to Donegal and the North West this summer. Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “Loganair’s announcement – that it will double the number of available seats on its Glasgow to Donegal route this summer – is good news indeed and will help to expand travel options for Scottish holidaymakers wishing to visit Donegal and the North West.

We look forward to working closely with Loganair and Donegal Airport to maximise the promotion of this route and to help drive demand for the flight. As an island destination, direct, convenient and competitive access services are critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with air and sea carriers, airports and other tourism interests to drive demand for this service, and all other services to Ireland, and to help maintain our vital network of routes and services.”