The Field of Oats

Gortahork Travel Blog

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Teach Bhillie at dusk, you can see the glow of the open fire within.
Nestling below Cashel hill overlooking Ballyness Bay, Gortahork is a small busy Gaeltacht (Irish Speaking Region) village in Northwest Donegal (in Gaeilge the town's name means The Field of Oats). There is a bronze statue of a man scything grain in the grounds of the old Tech, a bit 'wooden' as poses go but a great photo opportunity! It has the typical rural Irish feature of a long main street and a wild scattering of houses dissappearing up laneways and side roads. (It was the Vikings who imposed the orderly towns and villages - we Irish always liked things a bit more imaginative!) With a few shops, an impressive Church and a busy Hotel, and of course Teach Bhillie (Billie's Pub pronounced Chack Villie) which hosts the best traditional music session in the county every Tuesday night - Gortahork is homely and welcoming. Given its location on the coast hugging the foothills of the Derryveagh Mountains, Gortahork is the perfect base to explore the hills and inlets of the surrounding landscape. It is also the departure point for trips to Tory and Inis Bo Finne two Gaelic speaking islands. For travelers on a budget the fact that the village straddles the main N56 road means there are daily coach services to Derry, Belfast, Dublin, Sligo and Galway. The village is only 20 minutes drive from Donegal Airport (Carrickfin) which links to Glasgow and Dublin. If you want to sample rural life with a rich culture, you couldn't do much better than Gortahork.
kingelvis14 says:
Paul ~ I think you are a travel agent. You make this place sound just perfect. On the N56 with daily coach service. Near the beach and hills. Billie's Pub with traditional music. What else is there??
Posted on: Feb 15, 2008
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Teach Bhillie at dusk, you can see…
Teach Bhillie at dusk, you can se…
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Muckish in the mist
Muckish in the mist
Muckish from Magheroarty
Muckish from Magheroarty
Paddys Sarahs
Paddy's Sarah's
Up on the bog above Gortahork
Up on the bog above Gortahork
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Cnoc Fola - the Bloody Foreland f…
The Islands from Gortahork Hill
The Islands from Gortahork Hill
Magheroarty sand spit, my old hous…
Magheroarty sand spit, my old hou…
The view from Gortahork over Bally…
The view from Gortahork over Ball…
The Aghla mountains from Cashelnag…
The Aghla mountains from Cashelna…
The old station house, used as the…
The old station house, used as th…
Ardsbeg
Ardsbeg
Ballyness Bay
Ballyness Bay
Some tight parking
Some tight parking
The Whalebone arch at Mii Mac Gabh…
The Whalebone arch at Mii Mac Gab…
Old ruins in Cashel, Gort a Choir…
Old ruins in Cashel, Gort a' Choi…
Cashel again - fairyland
Cashel again - fairyland
Frank Sweeneys old Austin
Frank Sweeney's old Austin
Cashel
Cashel
Eamon Friels travelling barber sh…
Eamon Friel's travelling barber s…
Erigal
Erigal
Muckish from Magheroarty Beach
Muckish from Magheroarty Beach
Look! Its a stone!
Look! Its a stone!
A far distant Horn Head
A far distant Horn Head
Inis Doohey and a glimpse of Inis …
Inis Doohey and a glimpse of Inis…
The Tory Island ferry heading for …
The Tory Island ferry heading for…
Tied up at Magheraorty Peir
Tied up at Magheraorty Peir
Caren shows Boo how it should be d…
Caren shows Boo how it should be …
And she shows how quick a learner …
And she shows how quick a learner…
Once more into the beach dear fr…
Once more into the 'beach' dear f…
Evening sun on Mount Errigal
Evening sun on Mount Errigal
Ardsbeg and Inis Bó Finne beyond
Ardsbeg and Inis Bó Finne beyond
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