Best things to do near Glencolmcille

Europe's highest sea-cliffs, rolling hills, breath-taking lakes, cozy beaches, and Glencolumbkille: the center of the Gaelic culture and music

What to see

to experience the unspoiled natural beauty that lay in West Donegal

What to do

to get the most out of your stay at Aras

Where to eat

or have a little drink in the valley of Glencolombkille

What to see:

Enjoy the majestic Slieve League

*Our top pick for things to do nearby

The main attraction. From the highest point on these sea-cliffs, it’s a dizzying 609m (1,998 feet) drop into the breath-taking Atlantic Ocean below.

It offers a beautiful lookout point, easily accessed by car. For the more adventurous, this offers some incredible hiking.

About a 15 minute drive from Aras

a man taking in the beautiful sights of slieve league.

Walk a secluded bay

Silver Strand Beach (Malin Beg to locals) is a hidden gem located walking distance from us; or grab one of our bicycles.

Visit Assaranca Waterfall

Situated near Maghera beach and caves, churns this beautiful waterfall. TripAdvisor rating of 4.5 stars (out of 5). Whether it is sunny or raining, both offer incredible photo opportunities.

one of the local attactraions near our bed and breakfast, called Assaranca Waterfall

Stand in awe of Muckross Head

Behold this place of exceptional beauty; nature at its most raw. Enter the small caves, staring out at the wild and beating ocean. Make sure to ask us about safe times to visit; you want to time the tides correctly to get the best experience.

Popular with local climbers for its unusal routes and amazing view.

Visit the abandoned famine village of 'An Port'

Abandoned during the great famine of 1845-1852, this coastal village used to be a thriving fishing village. Likely the first maritime port in County Donegal, this small village is steeped in local folklore.

Legend has it that this village is haunted, by the ghosts of those left behind who perished during the famine. What is strange is that it seems the entire village left, or vanished. Nobody knows what happened to this day.

What to do:

Tour the local distillery

Sliabh Liag Distillery is reclaiming the distilling heritage of Donegal by building the first distillery in the county in over 170 years. Distilling ‘An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin’ and producing the legendary ‘Silkie’ blended Whiskey.

The tour covers the botanicals used in the distilling process, the legends, and history that inspired the drinks. Well worth the visit, and these spirits are available for purchase locally.

Tour the oceans

Sliabh Liag (That’s Slieve League in Gaelic) Boat Tours run 90 minute boat trips from April to October. Take in the majestic sea-cliffs of Slieve League from the ocean, and explore our wild Atlantic coast.

group of guests on a local boat tour of Slieve League cliffs

Take in the culture in the local folk village

This folk village provides a glimpse of what daily life was like in centuries. past. The Folk Village Museum is a collection of several small cottages, called a ‘clachan’. The village overlooks the sandy Glen Bay Beach. Designed, built and maintained by local residents, it is one of Ireland’s best living-history museums.

Have a wonder about, or join one of our excellent guided tours. Take a look at how our ancestors lived, cooked, slept, and went about their daily lives.

Walk the hills of Donegal

From the social stroller to the serious hiker, Donegal has a large variety of well established walking and hiking routes.

A fantastic resource for walking routes is linked below.

Cycle the Wild Atlantic Way

Enjoy a diverse mix of coastal and highland routes in and around Aras, as well as across County Donegal. We work with ‘Ireland by bike’ to provide our guests with access to rental bicycles for €15 a day, including all required kit.

The link below details some of their local cycling routes.

Take in the land of the ancients

Gleanncholmcille is famous for its wealth of archaeological sites and artefacts. This rich heritage of monuments dates as far back as 3,000 b.c.

Portal Dolmens, which is an ancient burial tomb. Many of these are scattered across Donegal

Where to eat and drink:

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