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The welcoming town of Ardara sits on the neck of three peninsulas on the stunning south west coast and offers visitors a unique slice of history, scintillating views and an enviable choice of quiet beaches to discover and explore.


Ardara is just a short hop from the famous fishing town of Killybegs and rose to prosperity in the 1700’s thanks to its popular markets and fairs. You can learn about its rich history by visiting the informative Heritage Centre in the heart of the town.

Within spitting distance lie a range of popular scenic attractions. The jaw dropping views at Glengesh Pass will delight walkers, cyclists and drivers alike. Not to be outdone the pristine white sand of Maghera beach shouldn’t be avoided. Spend hours exploring this unpolluted coastline and its craggy caves, designed by the great Atlantic Ocean itself!

Regarded as the ‘ Festival Capital of Donegal’, the town plays host to numerous events throughout the year. For the lover of music there is plenty, including the Cup an Tae Traditional Music Festival (May) and the Johnny Doherty Traditional Music Festival (September)! Find your bull at the Agricultural Show in August or your beaux at the Matchmaking Festival (November).

If you are a fan of the outdoors there is an International Walking Festival (March) – or step it out on The Bluestack Trail or Slí Cholmcille(The Colmcille Way) two challenging 65km trails showcasing what Ardara and its environs have to offer.

Ardara is a well known weaving centre and you can see these talented craftspeople at work at one the several long established family run businesses still operating in the area. Nearby is the stunning Narin & Portnoo links golf course with breath taking views of Gweebarra Bay. For those who don’t fancy braving the challenge that the links provides there is fun for all the family at the local pitch and putt course.

Numerous lakes, rivers and the great Atlantic offer up plenty of fishing opportunities. And you are spoiled for choice with horse riding, cycling and water-based activities including surfing, wind surfing and sea kayaking.

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