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Gweedore

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Gweedore is part of the Gaeltacht region in north west County Donegal. It boasts beautiful views of the coast, particularly Bloody Foreland and is surprisingly populated for its remoteness. In the past, poor planning and overdevelopment means that there is a plethora of houses which takes away from the beauty of the scenery. It is located in the heart of the Gaeltacht and Irish is the predominant language of the area.

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Carrickfinn airport, or Donegal Airport, is only about 10 kilometers from Gweedore and has car-hire facilities. Most visitors, though, arrive into Gweedore from Letterkenny or The Rosses, using their own transport or cars hired elsewhere. Gweedore is poorly served by bus services.

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  • Bloody Foreland, so called because of the red tint that this headland takes on when the sun is setting.

Talk[edit]

The main spoken language of the district is Irish. The majority of locals are Irish speakers of some degree, with the vast majority of them counting Irish as their first language. All locals (except perhaps very young children and a few very elderly persons) also speak fluent English, so have no fear of not understanding or not being understood. You will hear English spoken regularly, and indeed even locals who speak Irish will sometimes choose to speak English to each other. It is common to hear English spoken, but far more common to hear Irish (or a mixture of Irish and English) spoken amongst locals. A few Irish words here and there might go down well but any attempt to speak more than a few words of Irish is unnecessary unless you are looking to learn Irish. If you do wish to begin learning or to improve your irish, there are many language schools in the area offering summer or Easter language courses for adults, children and teenagers. While Irish is a beautiful language, do be warned that Irish is a notoriously hard language to learn, even for local children, so don't expect to pick too much up in just a few weeks.

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  • Teach Huidí Beag is nice, cosy pub that has traditional Irish music on Mondays and Friday nights in Bunbeg.
  • Leo's Tavern is the "home of Clannad", the world-famous Celtic music band, serving food all day. Music at night.

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  • An Cúirt Hotel ("Gweedore Court Hotel") is on the road to Dunlewey and Falcarragh. This is the closest hotel to Glenveagh National Park.
  • Ostán Gaoth Dobhair ("Hotel Gweedore") is located beside the beach and generally known by the Irish version of its name. Music nightly during the summer months.
  • Errigal View is a relatively unspectacular hotel, slightly old-fashioned in its appearance.
  • Teach Huidi Beag - The Bunbeg pub has comfortable rooms upstairs that have been recently renovated, rooms are ensuite with baths in each. Rooms start from €40 for a single and €60 for a double.

Get out[edit]

A ferry to Tory Island runs from Bunbeg Harbour.



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