McGrory’s – A Wild Inishowen Getaway

by • August 4, 2016 • EntertainmentComments (0)1279

The journey to McCrorys, Culdaff was met with some breath taking views. The travel from Belfast takes a little over two hours and is an easy trip to navigate.

The area

The village of Culdaff is located in the most northerly region of Ireland just at the foot of the Inishowen Peninsula in Co Donegal. Culdaff itself is a small picturesque village situated on the banks of the Culdaff River. In Gaelic, Culdaff is literally translated to ‘corner of the two fords’. The village itself is an ideal location for exploring the region and McGrorys is the perfect base to stay.

Best Place to Stay

We Irish are known for our hospitality and McGrorys is no exception. The family run hotel emulates authentic Irish charm. Comprising of 17 comfortable rooms, a restaurant, two traditional Irish bars and a world famous music venue, the hotel has everything a visitor would need under one roof. In traditional Irish style, you are greeted to a warm blazing fire and a friendly enthusiasm to make any guest feel immediately relaxed and welcome.

The Rooms

The room was spacious and comfortable; all rooms offer en-suite plus tea coffee making facilities. The bed was exceptionally comfortable and the shower was powerful, just what was required after a long walk along the Wild Atlantic coastline.

Family room

Dining

We were treated to a hearty lunch in the Front Bar, renowned as one of Ireland’s most popular traditional pubs. The bar/ restaurant has a warm cosy fire and stone walls with a homely, comfy ambiance; making it an ideal place to spend a relaxing time with family or friends. The food is derived from local produce and the menu offers a complimentary mixture of Irish pub grub and modern cuisine. I would definitely recommend their Greencastle chowder with their home made triple cooked chips, all washed down with one of the locally sourced craft beers.

Our evening meal was in the Front Restaurant; the ambiance was again extremely relaxed. The front restaurant offers a slightly more modern surrounding but again adds the traditional charm with an exposed wall from the original building. The family have worked closely with head chef Paul McDaid to create an exceptional menu catering to a variety of tastes. Each course and menu option is again carefully selected from local produce and is complimented by a variety of options. (See menu)

food pic 1

http://www.mcgrorys.ie/

Activities

Whether you want a family break, outdoor adventure, a romantic getaway or you’re a music lover in search of a fantastic intimidate gig. The Inishowan Peninsula can cater for everyone and has an abundance of activities and places of interest. Inishowen is an area of outstanding natural beauty and many historical sites.

Culdaff Beach

Culdaff is able to boast one of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland; the stunning sandy beach stretches along the coastline as far as the eye can see. It has been voted as one of the top ten beaches in Ireland (global travel search, skyscanner) The beach has also been given blue flag status. Activities on the coastline range from swimming, canoeing, surfing rock climbing, bird watching as well as sea angling.

The Wild Atlantic Way

One thing not to be missed in this area is the coastline hikes and walks. It is a short drive to Malin Head ( 15k) At this point you can experience the most northern point in Ireland. The Wild Atlantic Way is a world famous coastal route, stretching over many kilometres along this coastline with it finishing at Malin Head. Banba’s Crown is the most northerly point of Malin Head and it is from here one can see Tory Island and Fanad Head lighthouse. At this point you can experience the rugged terrain with unbelievable views along with the vast rock face that has been carved over millions of years. The area has many wonderful legends; it was the last place for many voyagers, looking a new life in America. The treacherous water around Malin Head has become a graveyard of ocean liners and German U-boats, casualties of the world wars pus the tower on Bamba’s Crown played a vital role during the war as a watch tower and communications.

To fully appreciate the legends, the history and the natural wildlife surrounding the area, I would recommend using a tour guide like we had:

Guide: Bren Whelan (MIC & IML).

Bren is a professionally qualified rock climbing and mountaineering instructor, who is also an

award winning wildlife and adventure landscape photographer.

For further info : bren@mountaintraining.ie

Web: www.wildatlanticwayclimbing.ie Twitter: @wawrockclimbing PH: + 353 87 66 5 77 90

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