Donegal is located in the north west of Ireland and Gort na Cuile is in the extreme north. The county boasts a raw natural beauty with a picturesque coastline. It has blanket bogs, mountains, cliffs, lakes and miles of golden beaches. There are many historical attractions dating back into the mists of time. The county also has a beautiful National Park and Malin Head is only about one hour's drive from Derry which was nominated as "The UK City of Culture 2013" The city was also host to last year's Fleadh Cheoil (Festival of Irish Music). Both events were highly successful.
Donegal is brimming with things to see and do. It's a haven for outdoor activities such as golf, fishing, hiking,cycling, horse riding, scuba diving and surfing. Do take a drive around the "Inishowen 100" which follows the periphery of the Inishowen coastline for most of the way. Golf Odyssey, the golf travel experts, have now named local Ballyliffin golf course "the best international 36 hole complex outside of the US"
Gort na Cuile is a modern 3 bedroom holiday home with a truly breathtaking location overlooking White Strand near Malin Head - Ireland's most northerly point
Why Gort na Cuile?
Nestling cosily in a sheltered corner of the coast, this elevated southern facing site presents a panoramic view of dramatic scenery with stunning and ever changing views of the sea. There is easy access to the adjoining seashore leading on to an expansive shingle beach where the waves continually roll in over pebbles and shells leaving behind rock pools and food for the many varied flocks of birdlife that frequent the area.
There is a plentiful supply of crab and lobster in the locality with sea fishing; edible seafood such as carrigeen moss and dulce are in good supply and there for the taking. Most of all, one can enjoy the peace and quiet, the sunlight rippling on the water, the stunningly beautiful sunsets and sometimes the aurora borealis while the caves at Portronan are well worth exploring for their natural art. The above are just some of the reasons to holiday in Gort na Cuile
Here are some more.....
Malin Head:Ireland's most northerly point is only a 5 minute drive away - it looks out over the island of Inistrahull. Nearby is the raised beach - a famous geological feature left over from the ice age, also a pebble beach where semi-precious stones can be found. If the air is clear, it is possible to see Scotland. In the other direction, a wild and stunning walk leads on along the high cliffs, past Hells Hole and the Devils Bridge. Crocalough mountain offers spectacular views of Malin Head district and well beyond.
Dun Argus: About a mile or two due south a look out point provides a spectacular view overlooking the Five Fingers Strand – a sandy beach, Glashedy and the mountains of Inishowen.
The Wee House of Malin: situated in Ballygorman. This is the site of an ancient church, now in ruins, situated beside the sea.
Beaches: sandy beaches can be found at Sandport, Portmore and the Five Fingers Strand. The beautiful Blue Flag Beaches of Culdaff are only 20km away.
View some photos of the immediate locality:
Inishowen 100 -The Circuit of Inishowen: just follow the road signs and explore the beautiful scenery and rich history of this region.
The Famine Village: Located on the Isle of Doagh.
The Waterfall at Glenevin: This steep waterfall is located just outside of the village of Clonmanny.
The Gap of Mamore: This area affords one of the most spectacular views in Inishowen.
The Fort of Dunree: An old military fort, now a military museum overlooks the entrance to Lough Swilly.
The Grianan of Aileach: An enormous stone ring-fort dating from the megalithic era with panoramic views of Lough Swilly, the City of Derry and Lough Foyle. It is possible to view seven counties from here on a clear day.
Glenveigh Castle and National Park: A stunning national park in the heart of the Donegal Highlands.
The Walls of Derry: Walk on the old city walls and explore this historic city. Derry is now the City of Culture for 2013 and this year the city will play host to the Annual Fleadh Cheoil or Festival of Irish Music.
The Giants Causeway: This famous, and very unusual geological feature, which is located on the north Antrim coast can easily be reached via ferry from Greencastle.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge near the Causeway
Kinnagoe Bay: A stunning beach where the Spanish Armada ship The Trinidad Valencera went down in 1588.
Stone Circles, Forts, Castles and Early Christian Settlements: all of Inishowen has a rich inheritance of historic and pre-historic sites.
Slieve Snacht: the highest mountain in Inishowen – spectacular views of all of the Inishowen Peninsula
Most importantly, Malin Head is now the starting point for the Wild Atlantic Way, 2500 km of coastline which leads right down to the most southerly point of Ireland in Cork. Gort na Cúile is an ideal starting point from which to eplore Donegal.
Donegal has been named in first place on National Geographic Travellers 'cool' list for 2017 saying "This is a dreamlike landscape, wild and remote"
Fishing from the local pier or Sea angling at Culdaff,
Pony trekking, walking, swimming, mountain climbing,
Playing golf on the internationally renowned Ballyliffin Golf Club. Golf Odyssey, the golf travel experts, have now named local Ballyliffin golf course "the best international 36 hole complex outside of the US" Aso courses at Greencastle, Buncrana and Redcastle
Kayaking in Moville,
Bird Watching: Malin Head is regarded as a venue of National and International importance, boasting 250 different species of bird life.
Mc Grory's of Culdaff. Apart from an award-wining restaurant, this traditional bar has regular Irish Music Sessions and the famous Backroom - one of Ireland's leading live music venues