Brief Description of Attractions included on this Tour...
Fintown Historic Railway
The Fintown Railway is the only operational railway in Co. Donegal. Set amidst spectacular highland scenery overlooking Lough Finn, the railway (3 m/5km) is a restored section of the former County Donegal Railway. This setting prompted the famous international playwright Brian Friel to pronounce “What is on offer is a unique journey along the shores of a lake as grand as any in Switzerland or Minnesota” The railway nestled deep in the heart of spectacular mountainous scenery steeped in tradition, myth and folklore, and running along the crystal clear waters of Loch Finn is a million miles from the constant rush of every day life. You are invited to relive those bygone days when Donegal had 200 miles of narrow gauge railway operated by the County Donegal and Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway Companies.
Fr. McDyer's Folk Village
The Glencolmcille Folk Village Museum is a cluster of six small cottages, called a "clachan," perched on a hillside overlooking a sandy curve of nearby Glenbay beach. In 2011 we look forward to opening two new exhibition houses - a traditional thatched shop/pub with a shoemakers in the lower room, and a Fisherman's cottage dedicated to our history concerning the local fishermen and the sea.
The cottages are neatly white-washed, each with a traditional half-door, designed to keep the animals out and the people in.
The roof of each cottage is thatched in the distinctive rounded Donegal style, tied down securely with rope and pegs to protect the thatching from the fierce westerly winds off the ocean.
The Folk village Museum offers an excellent guided tour for the visitor. In the tour you will experience life as it was in the 1700’s, 1800’s and 1900’s. Our thatched cottages are exact replicas of those belonging to that era and are furnished accordingly. Take a look at how our ancestors lived, cooked, the beds they lay on, the tools they used, their means of lighting and heat. For those of you who can trace your ancestors to Ireland, this is an ideal opportunity to see rural life at first hand.
Scenic views enjoyed on this tour...
Slieve League will take your breath away, that is a promise - the cliffs of Slieve League in Donegal are the highest sea cliffs in Europe. A nearly sheer drop of roughly 2,000 feet separates the Atlantic Ocean from the highest point of the cliffs. A guaranteed lethal drop, Slieve League is the thinking man's alternative to the Cliffs of Moher - if only for the much more natural and uncrowded experience. The difference in height is of academic interest only. Slieve League is higher but you won’t really notice. And while you pay oodles of money just for parking near the Cliffs of Moher, Slieve League is free. Why then is this cliff face in Donegal not more popular? Location, location, location!
Signposted only locally and in the middle of one of the remotest areas in Ireland, Slieve League is not easy to get to. And this will not get better once you pick up the signposted route. At the definite end of the road another, smaller car park can be found. This also is the safest and most convenient platform for the truly breathtaking view. Just in front of you (provided there is no fog or low clouds) a green meadow abruptly stops and a vertical distance of around 2,000 feet away the waves crash against boulders. Boulders looking like pebbles from up here.
If you want to go exploring, a path hugs the cliff edge and can be followed
Sleive League Boat Trip
We run tours to the Sliabh Liag Cliffs, the highest sea cliffs in Europe standing 600m (1972 feet ).
We can get close to the shore to appreciate this spectacular sight. The tour lasts about one and a half hours, and we take in many wonderful sights.
Sometimes we are joined by wild life, like dolphins, whales, seals, and in May and June we often see basking sharks feeding on the plankton.
There is also a wide range of bird life that can be seen nesting and hunting. You can go swimming or snorkeling in the crystal clear water of the many coves on the tour. A unique experience for everyone.
Triona Weaving Mill
Located in Ardara, Co. Donegal, 25 years of keeping alive the tradition of handwoven Donegal Tweed and Irish Produce.
Having 5 generations of weavers in the family keeping alive such an art is not an easy task and so has earned Triona Design numerous Failte Ireland Awards and Donegal enterprise Awards.
There are many aspects of Triona Design that make it unique , the fact the majority of the fabric and garments are manufactured on the premises and only sold in their shop or on line.
This leaves authenticity that is not found elsewhere with an array of fabrics ranging from tweeds, fine wools , lambs wool from the local sheep dyed and spun locally in the colours of the rugged landscapes of Donegal and put into traditional design capes, coats, jackets and also mixed in with a touch of modern up to the minute trends.