Glencolmcille is a Gaeltacht area and the Gaelic language
is still in common use here. Oideas
Gael, The Ulster Cultural Centre, was established in the
area in 1984 to promote the language and Irish culture. Today,
it is world renowned and plays host to visitors from all over
the world who come to learn Irish at all levels, as well as
attending other courses run by the centre during the summer
months including Archaeology, Painting, Folklore, traditional
dancing, fiddle school etc. Oideas Gael runs
several weekend courses on flute, bodhran, and tin whistle.
na bhFidiléirí hold a week's fiddle school
is held during the first week in August every year (known
as Fiddlers' Week locally). The pubs in Glencolmcille are
alive with traditional Irish music during that time!
Other attractions in the area include the Glencolmcille
Folk Village (also known as Father McDyer's Folk Village).
Established in 1967, it features thatched cottages which
represent three hundred years of rural village life and also
The Activity Centre, Arasgcc,
based in Malinmore offers facilities for diving which
include include drying room, wet entrance and meeting/training
room with audiovisual facilities. Arasgcc also have a compressor
on-site and can provide air fills for diving groups.
The Glen Loop walk takes you up
to Martello Watch Tower and
you can continue along the cliffs to the deserted village
of Port. Situated beside a stony beach, its isolation is
emphasized by the crashing of the sea against the cries of
the sea gulls. Behind Port, lies the deserted fishing village
at Glenlough. Enjoy exploring more local walks with Sliabh
Liag Hillwalkers (www.sliabhliagwalkers.com).
- visit the beaches in the area
- visit the several shops and pubs and two restaurants
in the area.
- visit one of the eighty documented archaeological sites
spanning a period of 5,000 years including important examples
of virtually all monument types known nationally.
- enjoy fresh and salt water fishing
- children’s playground in village (short walk)
- short walk to Tourist Information Centre and post office
- enjoy a Sliabh Liag Boat Trip (http://www.sliabhleagueboattrips.com)
which includes sightseeing trips to Bunglas Cliffs. They
deep sea angling and
all day, half day, hourly, and evening trips, dive charter,
dolphin spotting, and bird watching.
When you want to relax, Gleann Cholm Cille offers an abundance
of sandy beaches and atmospheric pubs to sit and enjoy some
music, a chat and a drink.