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Fishing on the Gweebarra River

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The Gweebarra is a 20-mile long stretch of spate river flowing from Lough Barra to Gweebarra Bay and includes 10 miles of estuarine water. The river runs through some beautiful scenery and is one of the most picturesque in the country.

Season

The salmon and sea trout season runs from 1st April to 30th September inclusive. The Spring Salmon season runs from 1 April to 17 June. The Grilse Salmon fishing season runs from 18 June to 30 September.

Fishing in the Gweebarra

The Gweebarra has a good run of late spring fish at the end of April, with grilse running from the end of June and good-sized summer salmon running from August onwards. Sea trout are at their best from July and are usually taken from the estuary and the pools around the Doochary area. Other hot spots on the river are the famous Mayo pool at the confluence of the Cloghanagore River and the Fall’s pool. Any of the traditional Irish shrimp flies work well on the river, as does the popular flying C.

Booking

To book online go to the Donegal Angling Holidays website. Single-day and multi-day fishing is available on the Gweebarra for Spring Salmon and Grilse Fishing.

Bookings and in-season information are available from the Fishery Manager (based in Doochary) on +353 (0) 74 9546171 or +353 (0)87 9318235.

Off-season information is available from the Northern Regional Fisheries Board, Station Road, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. Tel. +353(0)71 9851435, Fax +353 (0)74 9851816, E-mail info@nrfb.ie

Take a trip on the Fintown Railway

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Welcome to Donegal’s only operational narrow gauge railway. Here, nestling deep in the heart of spectacular mountainous scenery steeped in tradition, myth and folklore, and running along the crystal clear waters of Loch Finn you are invited to relive those nostalgic days when Donegal had about 200 miles of narrow gauge railway operated by the County Donegal and Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway Companies.

This unique journey is a three-mile return trip right along the shores of Loch Finn. The reopening on the 3rd June 1995 of this first section of the in town – Glenties railway restoration project commemorated the centenary of the original opening in 1895.

Tel +353 (0)74 9546280
Email: info@antraen.com
Web: http://www.antraen.com

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 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

Sandfield Pitch and Putt

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A wonderfully challenging 18 hole Pitch & Putt course with spectacular views of Loughros Bay and the hills of Donegal. Once described by a regular visitor as “The St. Andrews of Pitch & Putt Courses”, this lovingly maintained course with carpet quality Greens, offers an exciting and enjoyable game to both the first time visitor or seasoned pitch & Putt. Player/Golfer who wishes to improve his/her skills. No two holes are the same in this unique setting, where you are welcome from 10.30am to one hour before sunset every day from April to September.


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Walk the Bluestack Way

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The Bluestack Way, beginning in Donegal Town it takes the walker along country lanes to the magnificent Lough Eske. The main route take the road along the Northern shore of the lake while there is a circle route along the roadway on the Southern shore. Accomodation is plentiful in the Lough Eske area.

Finished viewing Lough Eske. Take the Path way to the east of Banagher Hill through the Eglish Valley and along the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains.
Take in the wonderful views of the main peaks in the Bluestacks to your right and the Sligo mountains and Donegal Bay to your left.

Take time to view the Greg Mare’s Tale water fall as you cross the Eany More water.
Near the foot of Carnaween take time to visit the ancient graveyard at Disert.

Crossing the mountain gives spectacular views into the valley of Glenties and the town of Ardara.

In Glenties take time to visit the local museum. This is the home of Patrick MacGill which hosts apopular Summer School every August in his honour. September 12th is the Harvest Fair Day in Glenties one of the oldest fairs in Ireland.

Leaving Glenties follow the Bank of the Owenea River to Ardara.

For more information see the Walking Ireland website

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