Glencolmcille is the most amazing and friendly place in Ireland. I keep going back for the Gaelic, the friendly people, Tra Ban which is the most spectacular beach in west of Ireland and Sliave Liague - imagine the alps falling away into the Atlantic.
mick mcgrath ireland
I've visited Glencolmcille about sixty times in the last twenty years. It is stunning and like no other place in the world. If you discover it, you will see why.
Glencolmcille (or Gleann Cholm Cille, which translates into English as "valley of Colm Cille") is a small village in County Donegal, Ireland. It's named for one of Ireland's patron saints, Saint Colm Cille (or Columba); he and his followers lived in the valley and you can still see the ruins of some of their churches. It takes a bumpy bus ride to get there, but it is worth the visit for someone wanting to see a truly Irish village. Many of the citizens still speak Irish Gaelic (though most speak English too)and they are excited to show their Irish hospitality.
Glencolmcille is right on the sea, with a beautiful beach, on which you can walk for miles or just sit back and relax. There is an old tower on a cliff at the edge of town, which is great to explore, though you may have to hike around several herds of sheep to get to it. There are also ruins several miles away if you are up for a longer hike.
For nights, there are several pubs to visit to get a Guinness or an Irish whiskey and listen to some music or play some darts. Your options for hostels in Glencolmcille are limited, but you will be wonderfully located. There's a bit of an uphill climb, but it's completely worth it -- your Glencolmcille hostel is built into the side of a hill, which gives it a unique feel and the dorm rooms look right over the beach, providing you with a beautiful view to wake up to. There aren't any ATMs in the town, so make sure you get out any cash you need before you get there. Glencolmcille is a great place to go to relax, get away from all the hordes of tourists you'll find in many of the bigger cities, and experience a completely different part of Ireland.
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