Glenties' Heritage center is named after St. Connell Caol who, in the 6th Century founded a monastic settlement on Inniskeel Island, north of Portnoo near Glenties. The museum includes prison cells of the late 19th century courthouse and has many artifacts pertaining to the famine in South West Donegal. The museum is open throughout the year and guides are available.
The Bluestack Mountains (Na Cruacha Gorma in Irish) are the major mountain range in the south of County Donegal east of Glenties. The Bluestack Mountains are a rugged mountain range with peaks in excess of 600m and in parts are quite remote.
A Walking festival is held in October. North West Walking Guides provide guided tours all year round. Detailed guide books and maps available in Tourist Offices in County Donegal for self-guided tours.
While driving through the Glenveah National Park in County Donegal you will see the Derryveigh mountains. The most impressive peak is Errigal Mountain a quartzite cone rising up 2,266 feet (751m). This peak is a favorite for hikers.
Glenveagh National Park has reintroduced Golden Eagles, originally native to the area, and has a vast range of breeding birdlife, as well as red deer, foxes, badgers, otters, goats and mountain sheep. Nature trails allow visitors explore the area.
What can I say, everything we ate was wonderful. If you plan to eat in Glenties, do yourself a treat and eat at the Highland Hotel. It has a comfortable Irish Country feel with comfortable chairs. The server was friendly and brought our food and drinks with a smile.
For a great evening for socializing and having a Jameson, visit Paddy's Bar which is located right on main street Glenties. If you're lucky there will be traditional Irish music; if not you'll enjoy the local conversations.
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