Connect With The Outdoors
CONNECT WITH THE OUTDOORS
Nature is magical. Few other things have the same power to inspire, heal, connect, and nurture us. But don’t take our word for it, come and see for yourself.
Hill walking is hugely rewarding in terms of exercise and for improving fitness levels, but the most rewarding aspect must be the scenic views that emerge as you reach higher ground on the hills around Ballyliffin and Clonmany. From the top of the hills on clear days you can see the west coast of Scotland. Look towards the south and you can see across Donegal all the way out to Tory Island. Walking in the hills presents an opportunity to spend time in an unpolluted environment away from the hustle and bustle of normal life where the only residents are sheep and some wild goats.
Mamore to Straid, Butlers Glen Loop, Leenan Loop and Urris Lakes Loop provide walks that will suit every level of fitness. They all offer breathtaking panoramic views of Lough Swilly, North Donegal, Tory Island and even as far as the west coast of Scotland can be seen on a clear day. The urris hills are host to a wide variety of historic features; from a 2nd world war bomber crash site to monastic ruins and pilgrimage routes.
Extraordinary landscapes can be easily admired from your car window, but often the best way to experience nature’s astounding beauty is to get out in the open air and see it up close and personal. What better way to do that than by camping in the great outdoors? In our modern-day world of cars, technology, long workdays, and constant demands, camping offers an opportunity to slow down, reconnect, and escape the hectic pace of everyday life, while boosting your understanding and appreciation of the wild world around us. Nothing beats sitting around a glowing campfire in the great outdoors to bring warmth to your heart.
There are numerous beaches in the area and they are all easily accessible and ideal for a stroll or brisk walk, offering the opportunity to experience Donegal beaches at their best. Leenan beach sits at the foot of the Urris Hills with views towards Fanad peninsula and the lighthouse. Tullagh and Binion bay beaches provides a much longer walk than Leenan and has fantastic views out to Glashedy Island and Malin Head. In Ballyliffin, Pollan Bay not only offers a wonderful beach walk, but also a children’s playground at the carpark adjacent to the beach. This beach stretches for two miles passing along Ballyliffin Golf Club to the recently restored Carrickabraghy Castle in the Isle of Doagh.
IMMERSED IN NATURE
No matter what activity you pursue; whether you’re on land, on the water, or in the water you will never be far from some of Ireland’s rarest wildlife and natural habitats. This coastline is recognised as one of Europe’s finest natural environments and is protected as a Special Area of Conservation through the E.U. Natura 2000 network.
There is nothing more fulfilling than sharing your outdoor experience with the wild animals that inhabit the remote hills and rugged Atlantic coast that make up the Ballyliffin and Clonmany area. Here you can watch Golden Eagles soar overhead as you hike the heath covered Urris Hills or dive through kelp beds off Tullagh Point to encounter Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals. Or you can simply kayak or snorkel with docile Basking Sharks and European Otter along the mearl covered rocky shores below Binnion Head.