Donegal Garden Trail 2018

In 2018, we have 21 gardens open for visitors in Co. Donegal, Ireland. A great way of getting to know Donegal in an intimate way.

Paint with Dermot

Dermot Cavanagh

BBC TV Artist Dermot Cavanagh says he can bring out the artist in anyone and to prove it he’s holding a 3 day watercolour workshop on the Atlantic Drive Downings Co. Donegal from 14th to 16th July 2016.

Dermot Cavanagh is the artist and broadcaster behind the BBC series ‘Awash with Colour’. During 74 episodes of his hit art travelogue Dermot informed and inspired millions of TV viewers at home and abroad as he taught a host of celebrities to paint. Pauline McLynn, Packie Bonner, Barry McGuigan, Gloria Hunniford, Suzanne Dando and John Craven to name but a few all took up the paintbrush and joined Dermot on his watercolour exploration of Ireland.

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Now Dermot has carefully structured a 3 day art workshop so as to improve painters of all levels of artistic ability, including beginners. He will cover a range of watercolour techniques and exercises that will greatly develop the skills of any enthusiasts. His sessions will be hands-on with each guest creating a step-by-step watercolour to be proud of from the initial sketch to the finishing touches.

Dermot Cavanagh is a master tutor, patient and generous with his tips. And can bring out the artist in anyone; People often say that they’ve learned more from Dermot’s courses in a few days than from attending other classes for years. So why not join him on The Atlantic Drive Downings and let him bring out the artist in you.

3 Day Workshop including all materials: Price £199.00 or €235.00. Pre-booking is essential.
Painting days are 10.00 am to 4.30 pm.
All painting materials are provided so there is no need to bring anything.
Places are strictly limited to allow for lots of individual instruction.
Bookings can be made securely over the phone using Credit or Debit Cards.

More Information

For more information and booking contact Dermot Cavanagh’s Studio on:
+44 2887784166


Cermot Cavanagh


Malin Head Coastal Walk

malin head coastal walk

Banba’s Crown at Malin Head, Inishowen, Co. Donegal, is the most northerly point of the Irish mainland and is named after Banba was one of the mythical queens of Ireland. At Banba’s Crown you can’t miss the building known locally as the “The Tower” which was built in 1908 by the Admiralty, and later used as a Lloyds Signal Station. Not only is this Ireland’s most northerly point, but an area of great scenic beauty, and of historical, scientific and ecological importance.

Not surpisingly it is also a perfect starting point for a remarkable ramble along a newly developed coastal walk overlooking the cliffs to Hell’s Hole, a subterranean cavern 250 feet long and 8 feet wide, into which the wild Atlantic ocean crashes in with great force. The walk has plenty of benches sited along the way to take in the breathtaking views. This is well worth a visit. Enjoy this stunning walk and Ireland at its best. Banba Crown, Malin Head, nestled in Inishowen, Co. Donegal.

Caffe Banba at Malin Head

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Fort Dunree Inishowen

Guns of Dunree


Fort Dunree Inishowen – Fort Dunree Military Museum Ltd. became the first Republic of Ireland based client for Ulster Community Investment Trust (Ireland) in 2008. Five years on, UCIT commissioned this video to highlight the role this Social Enterprise plays both within its local community and as part of Ireland’s national heritage.

Contact Fort Dunree +353 74 936 1817

Dunree Fort is located on the west coast of the Inishowen Peninsula, facing across Lough Swilly towards Knockalla Mountain on Fanad Peninsula in North Donegal.

Fort Dunree Photo Gallery

The Irish name for Fort Dunree is Dun Fhraoigh which translates as “Fort of the Heather”. This suggests that this cliff top setting has been an important defensive site down through history. The present day fort is located on a rocky promontory accessed over a natural fissure. The fort was remodeled in 1895 to have 2 x 4.7 inch (119 mm) QF guns below, and later 12 pounder (5 kg) QF and 2 x 6 inch (152 mm) guns in a battery above. The top of a hill overlooking the site was walled in to form a redoubt.


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Because of its strategic importance protecting the entrance to the deep waters of Lough Swilly, control of Dunree was retained by Britain after independence was only handed over to the Irish Government  in 1938

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