The nearest small village of Annagary is only five minutes drive away, where it is possible to buy all basic necessities and find a variety of pubs and restaurants.
The area around here is known as the Gaeltacht as Gaelic is widely spoken. The village has a population of only around 250 people.
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Glenveagh National Park
Within an hours drive is the beautiful Glenveagh National Park, with a magnificent castle standing on the edge of the loch.
Lying in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in the North-West of County Donegal, it is a remote and hauntingly beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains and pristine lakes.
Over 16,000 hectares in total it is made up of three areas, the largest of which is the former Glenveagh Estate, including most of the Derryveagh Mountains. To the west are the quartzite hills around Crocknafarragh and to the south, the peatlands of Lough Barra bog, Meenachullion and Crockastoller.
Letterkenney is the nearest city, around an hours drive away. The town has many interesting monuments and buildings, some interesting art galleries and museums including the New Mills Corn & Flax Mills and also a cinema. The shopping centre includes many of the top Irish and UK retailers. There are also many pubs and nightclubs and there is a large selection of restaurants providing all types of local and international cuisine.
The beaches
The cottage is ideally located to make the most of Donegalís sweeping, sandy beaches and sheltered coves. Two minutes walk from the house is the estuary beach where at low tide the sand is dotted with pools containing crabs, shrimp and little fish. A twenty minute walk at low tide brings you to Carrickfin beach, a massive stretch of unspoilt golden sands with turquoise water. Ten minutes in the car will takes you to a perfect beach for swimming and kayaking, where the sheltered bay protects the beach making it often perfectly calm and crystal clear .
Mount Errigal
Only a few miles away and visible from all around in the area, Mount Errigal provides a spectacular backdrop to the Glenveagh National Park. It can be enjoyed from a distance, a gentle stroll can be taken around the lower slopes or it can provide the challenge of a strenuous hike or climb to the higher points for spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and coastline.
Old Donegal
A drive to the old part of Donegal Town gives a glimpse into Old Ireland, where charming streets and buildings of character, including an attractive town square known as the Diamond provide an interesting day out. Donegal is usually referred to as Donegal Town from the Irish Dún na nGall. Its name was historically written as Dunnagall or Dunagall and translates from Irish as “stronghold of the foreigners” referring to the Vikings.There is evidence for settlements around the town dating back to prehistoric times including the remains of round forts and other earth works. It is also generally accepted by historians that St Patrick was captured by raiders from the Clans governed by Niall of the Nine Hostages and that this region is that to which St Patrick returned.
The Coastline
†The name Rosses comes from the many small headlands which push into the sea, creating the many coves and bays around the coast. There are ferry trips available to reach the small islands not far from the coast such as: Tory, Arranmore, Owey, Inishboffin and Gola.
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