This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Ardara. To help you make friends with Ardara before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
For good reasons, Ardara won the title of The Irish Times' "Best Village to Live in 2012"; as it's set into a stunning landscape next to the sea and surrounded by the hills of Donegal, the town has a lot to offer.
Finding an Ardara hostel, hotel, or guesthouse is not too difficult. Just look for a hostel in advance, for Ardara is a very vivid community. There are plenty events and festival every year, such as the unique "Cup of Tae" music festival, the St. Patrick's Parade, or the walking festival. Even also without any event going on, you will always find good "craíc" (Irish for good conversation). The people are very friendly and there are numerous grand pubs. Staying in an Ardara hostel here will let you be part of Ardara's fantastic atmosphere and will let you gain an insight into the original Irish experience.
By day, it is well worth visiting the beautiful beaches around Ardara, such as Maghera Beach and its popular seawashed caves. If you take the time to look around, you will find many unspoilt, very calm places. Whether you go for a walk in the hills or along the beaches you will be astounded by the beauty of this place.
Ardara is known for its wool manufacturing, knitting, and tweed weaving. In summer many tourist buses stop here.
If you choose a hostel in Ardara, you're located quite well to do day trips to Slieve League, the highest sea cliffs in Europe (about six hundred meters high); Killybegs, Ireland's former biggest fishing town; Derry, Ireland's City of Culture 2013; and the two very popular towns, Donegal and Sligo, with the unique mountain Benbulben.
Written by local enthusiast for Ardara hostelsRebeccaM