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Pocket Guide: Ardara Assaranca Falls Hotels

No matter where you go or where you stay in County Donegal you’re never far from a view that will take your breath away. The staggering beauty of the area will leave you with some unforgettable holiday memories.

Natural wonders like the Assaranca Waterfall, sculpted over tens of thousands of years, appear out of nowhere to delight visitors as they travel quiet roads surrounded by tranquil countryside.

And no matter where you’re looking to stay, you are guaranteed to find a comfortable, affordable hotel or guesthouse. You can opt for anything from a luxurious four or five star experience to a bargain break in a budget hotel or hostel. It’s your choice.

Hotels Close to Nature

The Assaranca Waterfall can be found on the Glengesh Pass, a road which connects Glencolmcille to Ardara. Because of the untamed, beautiful countryside it winds through, the untamed and exposed route has become a tourist attraction in itself.

A journey along the Glengesh (Glen of the Swans) Pass will take you 900 feet above sea level into mountains that provide some incredible views.

The waterfall itself is just outside Ardara and, no matter what the weather is like, you are in for a treat. If it’s dry you can spend as long as you like admiring its natural beauty but if it’s raining you are likely to get the added bonus of a dramatic increase in water volume.

If you follow the road past the waterfall you’ll come across the Maghera Caves, beautifully located on a fine strand of white sand. It is believed the caves once provided a place of sanctuary during penal times, with local people using them to avoid detection by invading forces.

Hotels, Heritage and Beaches

The heritage town of Adara is at the heart of County Donegal’s famous tweed and knitwear industry and its busy town centre is a great place to see some of Ireland’s finest weavers in action.

It is also well known for its Cup of Tae Festival, a celebration of traditional music, dance and storytelling. Held annually in late April or early May, it was inspired by local musician John “The Tae” Gallagher, who was once hailed as “probably the best fiddle player of all time” by Irish broadcaster Ciaran Mathuna.

Just a short drive from Adara lie the lovely beaches of Narin and Portnoo, the perfect place for children to play. From Narin, you can walk across to the island of Inniskeel at low tide but make sure you check locally for the safest time to do it.

Your Hotel Options

Adara may be relatively small in size but it still manages to offer an impressive range of accommodation. There is a hotel in the town centre and several bed and breakfasts and guesthouses in the locality, many enjoying pretty coastal views. If you are on a tight budget there is also a hostel. If you want to look a little further afield check out Glenties, Killybegs, Lettermacaward and Donegal Town.