Killybegs Tourist Attractions
Killybegs (Na Cealla Beaga, "The Little Churches") is a fishing port in northwestern Ireland, on the south coast of Donegal. It lies in an inlet off Donegal Bay which forms a natural harbor.Fish processing and sail making are established industries. The arrival of the fishing fleet and the unloading of the catch is a sight not to be missed. Killybegs also produces the famous Donegal hand-tufted carpets, which are to be found in Buckingham Palace and on Cunard liners. Visitors can be shown around the workshops.There are also ample facilities for sport and recreation - tennis, sea angling and various water sports (diving). An International Sea Angling Festival and a regatta are held in August every year.
Two local beauty spots in Killybeg are Carntullagh Head, opposite the harbor and Drumanoo Head to the south of the town.
Two local beauty spots in Killybeg are Drumanoo Head to the south of the town and Carntullagh Head, opposite the harbor.
The surroundings of Killybegs have many interesting sights.
5mi/8km east of Killybegs lies Dunkineely, with good fishing. From here a road runs past a ruined castle and along a narrow tongue of land for 5mi/8km to St John's Point.
St John's Point
From Dunkineely, east of Killybegs, a road runs past a ruined castle and along a narrow tongue of land for 5mi/8km to St John's Point, which has excellent fishing grounds and good beaches.
From Crownarad Mountain (1,595ft/486m), 3mi/5km west of Killybegs, there are magnificent views.
Beyond Crownarad Mountain, west of Killybegs, on the R263, is the picturesque village of Kilcar, a center of the Donegal handwoven tweed industry. South of the village, on Muckross Head, are cliffs and caves which can be reached on foot at low tide.
2.5mi/4km past Kilcar, west of Killybegs, inland, we come to Carrick, situated on the River Glen some distance above its outflow into beautiful Teelin Bay.
Carrick Theatre Festival
This annual three-day festival takes place in mid-November.
Between Carrick and the little seaside resort of Teelin a side road goes off on the right to Slieve League, with the highest sea cliffs in Europe (1,936ft/590m).
Beyond Teelin a footpath and a road lead to the remote Lough O'Mulligan and the cliffs on Bunglass Point (1,008ft/307m;), from which there are superb views. Experienced hill walkers can continue on "One Man's Pass," a 2mi/3km path along a narrow ridge, with precipitous slopes on either side, to Slieve League. This walk requires a good head for heights and solid footwear.