Monday, 20 May 2013

Day Trip to Sliabh Liag, Glencolmcille & Ardara


Once again on Saturday morning we headed off on our monthly trip around our beautiful countryside. The weather was atrocious but it didn't put us off.

The whole day was wonderful. 

Despite getting soaked through to our skin and our hair was completely standing on us on the way home it reminded me that there is so much joy in happy and fun times spent with family and life is good.

I really hope that our children will look back with fond memories of our days spent driving along the countryside, singing whatever songs came on the radio, laughing, exploring our surroundings.

Our first stop was the breathtaking cliffs of Slieve League (Sliabh Liag in Irish). The cliffs here are twice as high as the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare. Sliabh Liag is a must visit for lovers of nature and the great outdoors if you are ever in Donegal.

This is a place of unbelievable natural beauty and the restless Atlantic ocean can be heard crashing against the cliffs below.

Clean, crisp air, nature in it's rawest form.

Day Trip 2013 Sliabh Liag

Day Trip 2013 May Sliabh Liag

Day Trip 2013 May Sliabh Liag

Day Trip 2013 May Sliabh Liag

Day Trip 2013 May Sliabh Liag


Day Trip 2013 May Sliabh Liag

Day Trip 2013 May Sliabh Liag

Day Trip 2013 May Sliabh Liag


Down the winding road again we headed for Glencolmcille and the Folk Village Museum.

The Museum was founded by Fr James McDyer in an attempt to generate tourism to a remote and rural part of the country and is hugely successful bringing in over 30,000 visitors per year.

It was impressive to have a look through the visitor book and see people from all over the world who had been in the past few weeks and really appreciated what they had found. 

The Folk Museum is a fantastic cluster of cottages depicting lives of the local people over a period of three hundred years. I've always loved history and I think it's important to teach our children and remember ourselves the hardships encountered by our ancestors.

Day Trip 2013 May Glencolmcille

Day Trip 2013 May Glencolmcille

Day Trip 2013 May Glencolmcille

Day Trip 2013 May Glencolmcille

Day Trip 2013 May Glencolmcille

Day Trip 2013 May Glencolmcille

Day Trip 2013 May Glencolmcille

Day Trip 2013 May Glencolmcille

Day Trip 2013 May Glencolmcille

Day Trip 2013 May Glencolmcille

Day Trip 2013 Glencolmcille


By this stage we had worked up a hunger so we had another short drive to Ardara for a spot of lunch at the Nesbitt Arms Hotel taking in the beautiful scenery along the way through Glengesh Pass.

The Nesbitt Arms is an excellent family run hotel and child friendly which is a very important factor to us with the Little Fella. 

We had a lovely relaxed lunch and dessert all served up by a very attentive staff.

There we decided to seek out the Assarancagh Waterfall. None of us had ever heard of it before but we saw a photo in the Folk Village and when the waitress said it was a must see we thought we would look it up.

We set off outside Ardara and down a narrow winding road towards Maghera beach. 

The only word that comes into my head when we came around the corner and saw the waterfall was 'Wow'.

Because of the rainfall the water was thundering down the mountain at ferocious speed. It was amazing and a great way to round off our day.

Day Trip 2013 Ardara

Day Trip 2013 May


With places like this on your doorstep I'm so glad we ventured out in the wind and rain. It really isn't a bad way to spend a Saturday and revive yourself after a long week. 

Hope your weekend was great xxx


 Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall 




6 comments:

  1. I love Donegal, many childhood memories of holidays there - remember being cold, soaked, the wind stinging my face, but most of all I remember being happy and I'm sure your kids will too. Sounds like such a great day and lovely photos. Feel a bit homesick! x

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  2. Aw thanks Tracey, it was a fab day and your memories are just right about Donegal weather but it is a great place and we take it for granted. Hope you have a great week xx

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  3. I have never been to Donegal but I can see from your photos and descriptions that I would love it here. It has much in Common with the North Cornwall Coastline by us. The views up around Tintagel and Boscastle are so very similar. A great sense of freedom and love of the world standing up there. I love your monthly trips out and I'm sure they will indeed be fun times for your children to reflect back on in years to come. Thank you for linking up to Country Kids.

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  4. Aw thanks Fiona, there are some really beautiful places all around us and your so right about the sense of freedom. I would love to go and travel a bit around the English countryside as well to take in the sights - something to put on our list of places to visit.

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  5. Wow indeed! Some really beautiful places.

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  6. Thank you Sabrina, hope your week is going well

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