DescriptionTeach Ban is a spacious 4 bedroom holiday home blessed with a wonderfully scenic location on the spectacular Slieve League Peninsula in South West Donegal. Situated on a hillside above the 'Valley of Saint Columba' (Glencolmcille) the holiday home enjoys views that sweep spectacularly over this beautiful valley towards Glen Head and the restless Atlantic Ocean beyond. The rugged hills and mountains that border Glencolmcille on three sides are a walkers paradise
The Village of Cashel
Less than a mile from the holiday home is Cashel - a village in the middle of the Glen Valley, referred to as "Glen" by the locals. This small community balancing on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean is known across the country for its Irish Hospitality, and particularly for its love of traditional Irish music and culture.
The village has a petrol station, 2 grocery shops, post office, folk village, woollen mill, tourist information office, restaurant, new "village cafe" and three pubs (with great fiddle music often to be found in Roarty's or The Glen Head). In the nearby villages of Carrick, Teelin, Kilcar and Meaneary a selection of shops, pubs and restaurants allow you the opportunity to sample life amongst the friendly locals.
The area around Glencolmcille abounds with stunning scenery, from the spectacular cliffs at Slieve League to the deserted famine village at Port and from the beautiful Silver Strand beach in Malinbeg to the dramatic Glengesh Pass on the road to Ardara
Traditional Music Heritage
Glencolmcille is renowned for traditional Irish music. It is home to a unique style of fiddle music which is celebrated every year with a Fiddlers Week (the first week of August) when fiddle players from all over the world converge for a week of music, tuition and craic. Féile Ghleanncholmcille is another annual summer festival when a great number of visitors arrive to join in on the festivities that include traditional song and dance, workshops and open air concerts.
At the centre of one of the largest Gaeltacht areas in Ireland, Glencolmcille is also well-known both nationally and internationally as the home of Oideas Gael, an Irish language learning Institute established in 1984 to promote the Irish language and culture
Local Activities / Attractions
* Visit the Glencolmcille Folk Village Museum - experience life as it was in the 1700's, 1800's and 1900's. The thatched cottages are exact replicas of those belonging to that era and are furnished accordingly.
* Go sightseeing by boat to the spectacular Sliabh Liag and Bunglas Cliffs.
* Enjoy beautiful unspoilt beaches in the locality - Glencolmcille, Doonalt, and the wonderful Silver Strand in neaby Malinbeg
* Visit the ruins of the famine village of Port - a hidden gem!
* Learn Irish in a beautiful setting - Oideas Gael in Glencolmcille runs highly acclaimed courses for adults in Irish language and culture. Enjoy the 'craic' while learning about a living culture
* Visit Rossan Knitwear for a demonstration of weaving cloth and browse through their fine selection of traditional and fashion knitwear.
* Partake in some of the craft courses available in the locality including painting, pottery, traditional music, bodhrán and flute playing.
* Find numerous peaceful roads, country lanes and mountain tracks to walk. Slí Colmcille is a a Bealach na Gaeltachta Waymarked Way that goes from Kilcar to Ardara via Glencolmcille
* Go sea angling, dolphin spotting or birdwatcing from Teelin Pier.