Glenties is a very small town in County Donegal
. It is renowned as Ireland's tidiest town
, winning the coveted title for the 5th time in 1995. It consists of one main street only but there is no doubt this town offers memorable accommodations, vacation rentals, condo rentals and apartment rentals.
One of its most striking buildings is its unusual church
, St Connell's, which was built in 1974 to replace the old church. The building has a flat roof sloping to the ground at a sharp angle. The original bell from the first church is still used today in the newer church. St. Connell is the patron saint of the parish. Liam McCormack won a European Award for its design in 1974. St. Connell's Museum & Heritage Centre houses a large collection of artifacts and memorabilia. Next door is the Courthouse, built in 1843 which is still in use, below which can be seen old cell bars.
The R250 road from Letterkenny takes 45 minutes by car and passes through a scenic area that includes Meenaroy Mountain and Fintown Lake.
Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the western side of the valley opens out into the Atlantic Ocean.
With its abundance of trees and bushes, contrasting sharply with the treeless mountains of the approaches, the town has been described as an oasis. Various lodging and accommodation choices will ensure that its visitors are comfortable. From vacation rental, condo rental and apartment rental to choose from, Glenties will not disappoint.
The R252 from Ballybofey takes 40 minutes, a nice detour from which is the R253, which winds along the edge of the Bluestack Mountains before dropping down in the Glen of Glenties. The N56 route from Donegal Town / Killybegs comes over the hills at Aighe, with nice views of the sea before going through Ardara and turning East towards Glenties. It takes 50 minutes from Donegal Town via Killybegs and Ardara, or 30 minutes via the R262 road via Frosses.
Glenties is situated at the meeting of two glens, and two rivers; the Owenea and Stranaglough.
It is fairly isolated and the surrounding area is rugged, wild and beautiful, best explored by car or, for the fitter visitor, by bicycle. Bicycle hire is available in nearby Ardara. Find a local area map at your town centre accommodation, vacation rental or apartment rental.
The best way to see Glenties is by short walks around the area.
These include circular walks around Mullantiboyle and Tullyard, The Rock and Meenahalla. These routes go by back roads and follow the local rivers, the Owenea and Stranaglough.
For more serious walkers, there are various hillwalking routes around town. The GAP Trail follows the route of a former bogcutter's railway
, 2kms outside Glenties, and is a nice short excursion. The Bluestack Way is a more challenging route, coming over the Bluestack Mountains from Donegal Town and Lough Eske before coming through Glenties and following the River Owenea to Ardara. Slí na Finne is a nearby loop route around Fintown Lake and Ballinamore, passing into the Bluestack Mountains and The Croaghs. Another local scenic route is a walk by backroads from Doochary
, on the Gweebarra Estuary to Fintown. The Ardara Walking Festival takes place in March every year in nearby Ardara.
Accommodations, vacation rentals and apartment rentals are available year round and will provide visitors with memorable stay.
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