Donegal - Ardara
Ardara, County Donegal, on the northwest coast of Ireland, is an excellent choice as a base for sightseeing around Donegal’s spectacular western coast. We have uncrowded sandy beaches, safe for bathing and surfing. We have mountains famous throughout Europe for hillwalking, as well as a wide range of forest and country walks, and coastal walks. In addition, our quiet roads and byways make sightseeing a pleasure for the touring motorist.For the angler, we have lake and river fishing, as well as sea fishing charters near at hand. For those more interested in history, we have archaeological sites dating back thousands of years, as well as a rich folklore and traditional music nightly.
In Ardara town Visitors can see the weaving centres where the world famous Donegal tweed is spun, and enjoy other crafts such as hand-knitting and embroidery.
We are the area of Ireland famous for its handwoven woolen tweeds and linens. Designated as a Bord Fáilte Heritage Town, Ardara is also one of Ireland's and Donegal's main centres of tweed and knitwear production, with the Ardara Weavers Fair, held in early summer each year.
Designated as an area of "Outstanding Natural Beauty", where the soft rolling Highland mountains meet the wild and unrivalled Atlantic Seascapes. Famous for our Handwoven tweeds which take inspiration from the colours of the surrounding mountain heather, local arts & crafts, renowned for its fine restaurants specialising in fresh local seafood, traditional live music bars, natural outdoor activities, Seafood & Cultural events.
Above all, Ardara is known far and wide for its hospitality and the friendliness of its people, who are ever ready to make you, the visitor, feel welcome and at home during your stay.
Horse Riding: Equestrian
There are two Riding Centres near to Ardara with Horses and ponies available on a daily or hourly basis for treks on the strand or across the hills and up the glens. Guides are optional. Contact 074 9541212 or 074 9737160
Some of the most spectacular and challenging links courses in all Ireland are located a short drive away from your holiday accommodation. Find out more about Narin and Portnoo Golf Fixtures.
Fishing: Sea, Lake & River
In the coastal rivers of Donegal the Atlantic salmon run the rivers from early Spring to Fall on their annual spawning migration. Tel 074 9551141 for licences for fishing in the Owenena & Owentocker river near Ardara. Killybegs is the main Sea Fishing town for enquires for charter Sea fishing.
There are lots of quiet routes for cycling and walking along the highways and byways. bikes and equipment can be hired by the hour or the day in Ardara. Donal Byrne Bike Hire, Ardara Tel 075 9541156 or Byrne Bikes, Ardara Tel 075 9541658.
Hiking: Hill walking & Treking
Slieve League, the highest seacliffs in all of Europe, are here for the adventurous to climb. Or the Blue Stack Mountains offer another venue for a ramble. maybe just a picnic at Bunglas in the shadow of Slieve, up Maghera hill to the top of the waterfall or a brisk walk around the coastal area of the point in Ardara.
Nightlife: Music, Chat & Craic
Ardara is famous for its traditional music. Many friendly pubs have seisun nightly of ballads, fiddling, and lore and gossip. Come join the locals for a bit of Donegal hospitality. Check out upcoming Ardara festivals and book with Inis Failin B&B and dont miss out on the music and craic.