Ionad Cois Locha

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Located on the shores of Dunlewey Loch in the Poisoned Glen of Gweedore, Ionad Cois Locha is a popular visitors centre, a real jewel in a magical place, steeped in history. Founded as a heritage centre and run by local people,it is a restored two story farmhouse in the shadow of Mount Errigal and situated in the midst of breathtaking surroundings.  It has so many attractions and activities it will be hard to visit just once!

For the kids there is and safe and fun adventure play area, a supervised water activity area, a farmyard to visit and a petting zoo where you can interact with the animals – including the red deer, Ireland only native species. There are also guided tours and lakeside walks as well as horse riding facilities and craft demonstrations. 

Highly recommended is the storytelling boat tour of the lough where you will pass over the underwater site of the ancient Crannog, a prehistoric Irish settlement.  Keep an eye out for the ghost of the Green Lady on the Guinness Estate across the lough as well! There is a restaurant and tea room to relax and take a break from all the adventuring, and a craft shop if you would like to purchase a souvenir. Also don’t miss out on the regular Irish traditional music sessions that take place in the centre.

Many people visit the area however, for the staggering beauty of its landscape. The Poisoned Glen is one of the most renowned areas in Co. Donegal for its sweeping valleys, imposing mountains and shimmering lakes. The old church of Dunlewey, tucked in at the foot of Mt. Errigal is well worth a visit. Ionad Cois Locha is open to visitors seven days a week from March to October. Well worth a visit!

To find out more contact:

Phone +353 (0)74 9531699 / Email




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