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Doon Fort

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Lough Doon Ring Fort is located on a small island in Lough Doon off the Portnoo to Rosbeg Road. It is an impressive 4.8m high walled enclosure, covering the small island completely, traditionally built 1000BC. During the holiday season (summer) there are small boats available for hire to allow access to the island for a closer look. This ancient ruin is evidence that this area has been inhabited for many centuries. In recent years the gold Lunula (a fine piece of decorative jewellery), dating from 1600BC approx., was found in this area and is displayed in the National Museum of Ireland. A replica of this can be seen in the Local Dolmen Centre.

Portal Tomb

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An exceptionally fine portal-tome or dolmen, prominent on the skyline 1/4 mile to the east of the main road, 4 miles north-north-west of Ardara. It well displays the classic features from which this type of monument derives its name. The matched portal stones and gracefully uptilted capstone (nearly 20 feet long and one of the largest in Ireland) oversailing the chamber entrance convey a sense of architectural awareness on the part of the builders and its streamlined profile has inspired numerous analogies; a bird, a fish, Concord, etc. depending on the imagination of the observer.

The tomb is substantially complete. A low sill-stone set between the 6 feet high portals closes off the chamber entrance. The lower end of the capstone does not rest directly on the back-stone as is usually the case, but is supported instead by a small intermediate stone whose function may have been to give increased height to the chamber. Fragments of undecorated Neolithic pottery were the only recorded finds.

A short distance west of this tomb is another similar construction but on a very much smaller scale. It is now partly collapsed. A modern field wall separates the two, which were evidently mounded over by the same east-facing cairn, traces of which remain.

Sheskinmore Nature Reserve

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Sheskinmore is regarded as one of the most important Nature Reserves in Ireland. It encompasses an area of approximately 1,000 acres, and is situated near Kiltoorish, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal.

Sheskinmore is open to the public all year round, and offers families & nature enthusiasts all the beautiful wonders of nature only to be found in Ireland

Wildlife between 15 – 20 different types of butterflies can be seen throughout the year. Green & White Front Barnacle geese, & Canadian geese can be seen in the winter time, when in April they migrate to Greenland for the summer. Ducks & swans all year round host Sheskin More as their home. Falcons : Merlin & pereqine, breed in Dawros Bay & Sliabh a Toughe, and hunt in Sheskin More

Badgers, Foxes & otters all run wild here. The Chuff is regarded as our most important native bird. It looks quite similar to a crow, but has a red beak & red legs.

Sheskinmore has many splendid types of flora & fauna. Its is renowned especially for the many different types of Orchids that grow there, such as the Bee Orchid, Butterfly Orchid, Frog Orchid These are very unusual species, & Sheskin More is the only place they grow in the Northwest region.

Directions

From Glenties
Drive along the Glenties-Portnoo road for approx. 6 miles. Then drive towards Ardara for 2 miles until you reach a signpost for Rosbeg. Turn right and drive along this road until you reach the Kiltoorish Lake on the left hand side . The entrance to Sheskin More is opposite this lake.

From Ardara
Drive along the main Ardara-Portnooroad for approx. 4 miles. Turn left towards Rosbeg at signposted junction. 200metres along this road, take a look into the field on the right hand side, and you can see one of the very few mini dolmens in Ireland located there! Drive along this road until you reach the Kiltoorish Lake on the left hand side . The entrance to Sheskin More is opposite this lake.

From Portnoo
Drive towards Ardara for 2 miles until you reach a signpost for Rosbeg. Turn right and drive along this road until you reach the Kiltoorish Lake on the left hand side . The entrance to Sheskin More is opposite this lake.

Iniskeel Island

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The Island of Inniskeel has a sacred interest in the present and the past with a long, if broken, history to commemorate its former greatness. It is still the seat of a must-frequented pilgrimage in honour of St. Connell, one of the most remarkable of Ireland’s early Saints. It contains his Church and his cell and in it repose his scared remains in the grave that had first closed over the body of his illustrious friend, St. Dallan.

There seems to be no ground for questioning the popular belief that St. Connell founded the buildings, which still remain. At the same time substantial parts were certainly rebuilt at a later period.

The year of St. Connell’s birth is not known with exactness. He died about 596. His name is forever linked with famous Cain Domnaigh, a law prohibiting servile works on Sunday. The prohibition was from Vespers on Saturday evening to Monday morning and should delight the heart of sabbatarian by its exacting observance, did it not in other respects unmistakably savour of Catholic practice. In the “Yellow Book of Lecan” the Cain is prefaced by a statement of its being brought from Rome by St. Connell, on an occasion of a pilgrimage made by him to the Eternal City. Our chroniclers make two notable statements in regard to it. They say it was written by the hand of God in Heaven and placed on the Altar of St. Peter, and secondly that it was brought from Rome by St. Connell. Now, however, one may be inclined to explain away either or both statements, there is no mistaking the avowal of respect they imply for Roman authority nor any serious reason for calling the pilgrimage itself into question. The Cain Domnaigh was never enacted by the states or councils of Erin. That it was believed to have been brought from Rome sufficed to spread its sway.

Dallan was born in Feallach Eatbach, which is taken to be Tullyhain in Cavan. Nothing that parental care could accomplish was left undone to perfect his education in scared and secular subjects. At an early age in his career he lost the use of his eyes. Notwithstanding this dismal failure he became the most eminent man of letters in Ireland. He was antiquarian, philosopher, rhetorician and poet all in one. He was the literary chief, the file laureat of Erin in his day. A saint’s life and a martyr’s death crown the glory of his fame. His best known works are the “Amhra Coluim Cille” or written panegyric on Columcille, a funeral oration on St. Senan, Bishop of Inniscattery, and a panegyric on St. Connell Coel. He was beheaded by pirates who plundered the island. His death occurred about 594. St. Dallan’s Feast occurs on the 29th January. The island is accessible on foot during low tide from Narin beach.

Walk the GAP Trail

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Walk Details

This purpose built walking and cycling trail follows the old railway line which served a Bord na Mona turf extraction facility.

It crosses the Ownea River (and the Bluestack Waymarked Way at this point), passes through an area of forestry and
ends at the remote, but hauntingly beautiful, Lough McHugh.

Distance: Approximately 2.8 kms
Time: 1 hours
Terrain: Purpose built path suitable for walking and cycling.
Grading: Easy and level for the whole route.

Getting There

The car park at the start of the walk lies approximately midway between Ardara and Glenties on the N56

Download the GAP Trail Map Here

Narin / Portnoo Beach

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Narin is a sheltered cove beach approximately 2km long on the Atlantic coast of Ireland. Approximately 2km from Portnoo, 8km from Ardara or 10km from Glenties this impressive Blue Flag beach has safe waters for bathing and is attended by a lifeguard during the summer months. There are toilet facilities near the beach with ample parking also available. Local shops, bars and restaurants are within walking distance and there are three well-maintained caravan sites close to the strand area.

An extensive sandy beach in a rural environment. The beach is backed by an extensive and majestic sand dune system with a well defined primary dune ridge. The coastal area here is a designated NHA exhibiting a highly diverse range of both coastal and terrestrial habitats.

The beach at Narin can be found by travelling north on the R261 from Ardara and heading towards the village of Narin.

Lifeguard

Lifeguards are on duty in July and August everyday between 12.00 noon and 6.30pm.

First Aid

A First Aid kit is available at the Beach Lifeguard Hut-12.00 and 6.30pm or Cunninghams Pub

Although the village faces north into the Atlantic the hills to the west on Dunmore Head offer very welcome protection. The rocks on the shore near the pier tell the story of how this part of Donegal was formed, millions of years ago: you can see slates run through with veins of granite, and black crystalline limestone showing the effects of millennia of erosion by rain and sea spray.

Looking out to sea the first sight is the island of Inishkeel, Inis Caoil in Gaelic, which gives its name to the local parish, including the town of Glenties. Beyond Inishkeel one can see the estuary of the Gweebarra River and the southern edge of the Rosses. When the tide is low one can walk from Narin out to the island which is named after Conall Caol, the sixth century saint who is associated with many other places in the southwest of the county. The tide allows you around an hour to visit the sites, before walking back again. It is well worth a visit, with its early Christian churches, holy wells and beautifully decorated stone slabs.

Famine Graveyard

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Directly behind Ard Patrick housing estate is the site of the Famine Graveyard. To enter the graveyard, one must drive up into the housing estate an d there you will find and entrance between the first phase of houses built and the new houses (which have a porch). In 1997 the grounds of the graveyard was repaired and a headstone was erected in commemoration of these people who died during the Great Famine (1846-1849). The Comprehensive school is situated on the grounds of the ‘Old Hospital’ and the ‘Workhouse’ was situated where the first phase of houses are built.

During the time of the Famine, this Workhouse was a very important place in our town.The Famine was due to the failure of the potato crop, by a disease called “Blight”. At that time the main food taken was potatoes, and bread if the flour was available. This also became a problem as the flour got scarce.

In 1847 the famine had got so bad and that there were men roaming the countryside begging for food. The “Workhouse” became so overcrowded, which made the living conditions dreadful, causing a fever to spread rapidly. There was no ventilation,no food, not enough straw to make beds on the floor, and because the “Workhouse” was built on low ground it sometimes used to flood, causing a dreadful smell. This led to the death rate being one of the highest in the country. When these people died they were buried in the “Famine Graveyard”.

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club

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For over 100 years, golfers have enjoyed the superb links terrain adjacent to the magnificent Blue Flag beach at Narin in West Donegal. The view from the beach-hugging fifteenth hole encapsulates all that is magical about this most scenic of areas, with the arc of Narin Strand, Inniskeel Island, Portnoo, Dunmore Head, Arranmore Island and the majestic Atlantic Ocean filling the senses. The new clubhouse offers the ultimate in style and comfort, with fine cuisine and a convivial atmosphere.

A warm welcome awaits visitors and societies to the club. It has been selected by The Irish Times as one of the Top Ten Value-for-Money golf courses in Ireland. Green Fees and Societies are welcome seven days a week. Every men’s Sunday competition is open, except during Captain’s Weekend. Every Wednesday singles competition is open to both ladies and gents. The ladies branch host special reduced-fee open days during the summer.

The facilities include the newly-refurbished clubhouse, professional shop, professional lessons, practice area, practice net, locker rooms, putting green, shop, buggies, trolleys and club hire. A full menu is available from the caterers seven days a week.

The course lies six miles northwest of Glenties, eight miles north of Ardara, through the village of Narin. Donegal International Airport at Carrickfinn is just 45 minutes away. Both Ardara and Glenties are within seven miles of the club and rarely a weekend goes by without some festival or other visitor attraction being organised. The Dolmen Centre in nearby Kilclooney is a hub of activity for all interest groups. Those with a taste for archaeology, botany, fishing, traditional music, hill-walking, bird-watching, water sports and more are well catered for in the local area.

The club has always been renowned for its hospitality, while the course itself has tantalised golfers of all handicaps with the variety of shots required to manoeuvre the ball to a respectable score. The par is 73 and the course from the back tees measures some 6,854 yards. Visitor tees are available to those who desire a shorter, though still challenging test. The jewels in the crown are the pair of snaking par fives that will beguile the enthusiast on the homeward journey.

Once ensconced in the cosiest and friendliest of nineteenth holes, the golfer will be hard-pressed to name a favourite hole, as there are so many contenders for the moniker of “Signature”. Some say the par five fifteenth, while others prefer the short, but treacherous, chasm-crossing, par three seventh.

The club hosts a popular Pro-Am each summer which attracts some of the best professional golfers in Ireland. Former Ryder Cup star, Philip Walton was runner-up to two-time winner, Damian Mooney in 2008.

You’ll be counting the days till the next time, once you’ve experienced this gem’s delights!

Head out to sea with Tor Mór charter boat

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Kingfisher 31′ Sport, 500HP, custom built charter boat.

Located at Rosebg & Portnoo, south-west county Donegal, the Tor Mór charter boat has a P5 license to carry 12 passengers. The Tor Mór charter provides the perfect opportunity to explore the wealth of marine and coastal attractions in the clean, clear waters of South West Donegal.

Now available for full, half-day & evening mackerel charters.

Sea Angling

With a spacious aft deck Tor Mór is ideal for fishing. Donegal’s waters have some of the best fishing and angling available. There is a wealth of reefs and wrecks in the local area with a variety species including:

Mackerel, Haddock, Ling, Pollock & Wrasse, as well as Blue Shark in season from Mid-July to Mid-September and the possibility of Blue Fin Tuna from Mid-Sept to November.

Rods and Tackle are provided free on board.

SCUBA Diving

Donegal enjoys some of the clearest waters in Western Europe and outstanding underwater geographic features with rock faces, gullies and boulders fields.

Sight Seeing

Within easy access are; Sliabh a’ Thuaidh, with one of the countries largest Grey Seal colonies, Sea Stacks An Tor Mór and Gúb an Diabhail, and Ráthlin Ó Beirne island.

The Deep-vee hull provides a safe, smooth ride and easy planing. It has good load carrying capacity and is ideally suited to rough conditions; with good stability and excellent handling.

The comfortable cabin can provide shelter from the worst of the elements. There is a fridge and micro-wave provided that can be used to reheat food, though you must provide this yourself. Toilet facilities are available on board.

Tel: +353 (0) 87 2458514
Email: tormorcharterboat@gmail.com
Web: http://www.tirconnellcharters.com

Fishing on the Owenea

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The Owenea River runs for some 13 miles, draining Lough Ea in the west of the Croaghs, into Loughrosmore Bay at Ardara. The Owenea is primarily a spate river taking around one to two days to run off after a good flood. The season on the Owenea runs from 1 April to 30 September.

The Owenea is one of the best salmon rivers in the county. The river has a run of spring salmon, grilse, sea trout and has a resident stock of small brown trout. The fishery consists of nine beats on the bottom eight miles of the river with good pools spread throughout the whole river. The river has a lot of nice fly water with the majority of fish being caught by this method. When in condition the river is one of the best in the country for grilse. The main grilse run starts in July with salmon right to the end of the season.

The fishery has access for disabled anglers along a section of beat 3. There is an ongoing programme of maintenance and upgrading of access, angling structures, habitat restoration etc. Additional funding was obtained from Fáilte Ireland in 2007 to improve facilities and access for anglers on the river.

N.B. Shrimp and Prawn are strictly prohibited.

Permits
Adult day permits €35
Juvenile (under 16) day permits €15
Weekly (seven-day) permits €175

Bookings/Further information
To book online go to the Donegal Angling Holidays website. Single-day and multi-day fishing products are available. Please ensure that you also purchase a licence if you book your fishing permit online. To fish on the Owenea you must hold a fishing permit and a fishing licence.

Bookings are non-transferable. Rods are assigned to beats on a first come first served basis. Payment can made by credit or debit card, including Visa, MasterCard and Laser.

Bookings and in-season information available through:
Owenea Angling Centre, Glenties Hatchery, Glenties, Co. Donegal. Tel: (074) 9551141. Fax: (074) 9551444. Email: nrfbglenties@eircom.net

Off-season information available through
Northern Regional Fisheries Board, Station road, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. Tel: (071) 9851435. Fax: (071) 9851816. Email: info@nrfb.ie

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