Absolute serenity awaits you in the tiny village of Carrickin County Donegal. Miles from anywhere, and on the edge of the gentle River Glen, Carrick makes a wonderful base to enjoy the natural wonders of the Slieve League Mountain, whose accompanying cliffs are some of the highest and most majestic in Ireland, if not Europe.
While this may not be the place to come for a shopping break or lively nightlife, the village is nevertheless steeped in charm. Surrounded by barely touched rolling hills and rocky cliff-faces, Carrick is somewhat reminiscent of a Mediterranean mountain village and you will find a number of outdoor activities to keep you busy.
Slieve League Cliffs Near CarrickUndoubtedly the most famous landmark in the area is the Slieve League Mountain. Visit here for an unbeatable hike in unspoiled landscapes that are home to many rare species of wildlife. You might spot Irish deer, falcons, or – if you’re lucky – the always-magnificent golden eagle, which was reintroduced to the area in 2001. The Slieve Leaguecliffs are nearly 2,000 feet high, making them some of the highest coastal cliffs in all of Europe.
Charter a Boat in CarrickWhat better way to see the Atlantic Ocean than by getting out on it? Why not book a charter boat service on the coast near Carrick?You’ll be able to enjoy views of the Atlantic, uninterrupted until the coast of Canada.
Fishing in CarrickThe nearby Glen Fishery organises regular angling for salmon and trout in the Glen River. Gushing through scenic valley’s blowing grasses and heathers, the river passes through Carrick village before emptying into Donegal Bay. Even for the inexperienced angler, this is a great way to relax, and the river has areas suitable for all skill-levels. Sea fishing is also available.
Scuba Diving in CarrickIf you prefer to see the fish up close and aren’t afraid of a little cold water, why not head out scuba diving? The west coast of Ireland has exceptionally clear waters and some excellent dive sites are in the area. Beginners can swim around unspoiled reefs, while experienced divers could explore the nearby sea caves. Both British Sub-Aqua Club and PADI divers are welcome.
Star Gazing in CarrickIt might seem extreme to travel all this way simply to look at the sky, but the coast of County Donegal is so remote that it has almost zero light pollution. With the Atlantic to the west and nothing but countryside to the east, let the universe put you in your place by gazing upon some of the most awe-inspiring night skies you will ever see in Europe.
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