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Experience hosted by Collette

5 hoursHosted in English
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Up to 8 people

What you'll do

The name Ard an Rátha, which means "high hill of the fort," comes from the earthen ring-fort, which crowns the hill to the northeast of the town of Ardara. We'll take a walk around the historic area, and step back in time as you encounter ancient stone bridges, churches, kilns, and forts along the Owentocleer River and beyond, to the ocean views of Loughros Point. This wonderful two- to three-hour walk is the perfect way to see not only the rugged landscape of this beautiful part of the country, but it also allows you to connect with this ancient culture and and its history. We will break for lunch at a well-loved local eatery and gastro pub, serving a wide selection of food from sandwiches to Irish stew and more. The second part of our day will be spent in the famous Triona Visitor Centre and tweed factory. You will be guided through the history of how people in rural Ireland lived in those days, and hear details of how the family was involved in age-old traditions such as knitting, spinning, and hand weaving. You will enjoy an audio-visual display that transports you back in time to witness the history and heritage of Donegal tweed in Ardara.
Other things to note
Please wear suitable clothes for walking, good walking shoes, a warm jacket, and a day pack.
The name Ard an Rátha, which means "high hill of the fort," comes from the earthen ring-fort, which crowns the hill to the northeast of the town of Ardara. We'll take a walk around the historic area, and step back in time as you encounter ancient stone bridges, churches, kilns, and forts along the Owentocleer River and beyond, to the ocean views of Loughros Point. This wonderful two- to three-hour walk is the perfect way to see not only the rugge…

Meet your host, Collette

Host on Airbnb since 2013
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Born in Scotland, I have been coming to Donegal all my life. Many of my family are from here, and I remember many years of roaming the mountains and villages. There is so much on offer in this beautiful county, but one of my passions is hearing about its varied history and people. I just loved spending evenings with my nana as she would recall the many fascinating stories of her time. An area steeped in history, Ardara is one of my favorite towns in Donegal. Like so many towns, it has a wonderfully welcoming feel, and you won't be disappointed taking a trip with me into its times gone by.
Born in Scotland, I have been coming to Donegal all my life. Many of my family are from here, and I remember many years of roaming the mountains and villages. There is so much on offer in this beautiful county, but one of my passions is hearing about its varied history and people. I just loved spending evenings with my nana as she would recall the many fascinating stories of her time. An area steeped in history, Ardara is one of my favorite towns in Donegal. Like so many towns, it has a wonderfu…
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Where you'll be

Our historic walk starts in the small heritage town of Ardara. We will start out by walking along the Owentocleer River, a beautiful river well known for its excellent salmon fishing. We will begin a looped walk around the town, taking in the rolling landscape. We will pass old churches and ancient ruins dating as far back as 500 AD. From there, we will return to Ardara along the beautiful coastline, taking in views across the Atlantic.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

suitable warm clothing and a bottle of water.