Wild Atlantic Festival

Wild Atlantic Festival
Sat 5th August - Sat 12th August 2023
Various Times

Ardara

A Week of Special Events to Celebrate the summer

Activities, tours, walks and entertainment to celebrate our unique part of the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

2023 Programme of Events

 

Saturday 5th August

Ardara Artisan Market

main town car park: 11.00am – 3.00pm

Wild Atlantic Magic with Colm Dawson kids show

CANCELLED

Wild Atlantic Magic with Colm Dawson for adults

CANCELLED

 

Sunday 6th August

Ardara Town Walk

The Heritage Centre: 12.00pm

historical and educational walk of Ardara starting at the Heritage Centre

The Annual Blessing of the Graves takes place at the Church of the Holy Family, Ardara at 3.00pm

Free Entertainment

10.00pm

Great selection of free entertainment at venues throughout the town

 

Monday 7th August

Table Loom Weaving and Natural Dyes Class

basket weaving

The Heritage Centre: 10.30am

Table Loom Weaving and Natural Dyes Class with Colm*

Watercolour Painting Class

watercolour workshop

The Heritage Centre: 11.00am – 4.30pm

Aidan Mc Cole watercolour painting class*

Introduction to Ardara Short Film

The Heritage Centre (upstairs): 6.00pm

Dancing at the Crossroads with Céilí Time

Dancing at the Crossroads

The Diamond: 8.00pm

Join Clement and friends as they take us back in time with an open air céilí on the streets of Ardara at the Diamond

Big Showtime & Jazz Sound

The Corner House (in the yard): 10.00pm

Join the Kings of Swing Neilly, Chris and Paul for a special evening of ballroom Dancing.
Admission: free. Starts 10pm. Come early!

Tuesday 8th August

Table Loom Weaving & Natural Dyes Class

The Heritage Centre: 10.30am

Weaving & Natural Dyes Class with Colm*

Stephen Bennett Exhibition

The Heritage Centre: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Weaving Class with Colm

The Heritage Centre: 10.30am*

Sean O’Brogan Portrait Painting Class

The Heritage Centre: 11.00am – 4.30pm*

Bart Whelan Historical Talk

The Heritage Centre: 7.00pm

 

Wednesday 9th August

Table Loom Weaving & Natural Dyes Class

The Heritage Centre: 10.30am

Weaving & Dye Class With Colm*

Mystery Bus Tour

The Heritage Centre: 11.00am

Leaving Heritage Centre at 11.00am and visiting a surprise location

Johnny Boyle Mixed Media Art Class

The Heritage Centre: 11.00am – 4.30pm*


Darby O’Gill and the Little People Movie

Upstairs in the Heritage Centre: 6.00pm

 

Thursday 10th August

Basket Weaving

The Heritage Centre: 11.00am – 4.30pm

With Gene Eoghan O’Curraighin*

Loom Weaving / Spinning Classes

The Heritage Centre: 11.00am – 4.30pm

Weaving and Spinning Classes with Colm*

Packie Manus Byrne Film

Packie Manus Byrne

The Heritage Centre (upstairs): 6.00pm

Film screening upstairs in the Heritage Centre

 

Friday 11th August

Loom Weaving / Spinning Classes

the Heritage Centre: 11.00am – 4.30pm

Weaving and Spinning with Colm*

Basket Weaving

The Heritage Centre: 11.00am – 4.30pm

Basket Weaving with Gene Eoghan O’Curraighin*

Nature Walk with Nature Learn

The Heritage Centre: 5.00pm

Starting at the Heritage Centre, a Nature Walk of Drumbarron and Ardara Woods with Michael and Molly Bell

 Duck Race

Duck Race

Owentocker Bridge: 7.00pm

Duck Racing on the Owentocker organised in aid of the Loughros Point Rowing Club

Teenage Disco

Ardara GAA club: 9.00pm

Teenage Disco for 13-15 year olds at the GAA Club

Free Entertainment

10.00pm

Great selection of free entertainment at venues throughout the town

 

Saturday 12th August

Ardara Show Day

Ardara Show

Ardara GAA Grounds: 10.00am – 5.00pm

The biggest festival day of the year at Ardara GAA grounds, with fun fair, heritage displays, competitions and animal shows.

(see more detail here)

Ardara Show Dance

GAA Grounds: 11.00pm – late

A celebration with music and dance at the GAA grounds

Free Entertainment

10.00pm

Great selection of free entertainment at venues throughout the town

 

 

Please note all workshops with * have a deposit of €20 and cost €30 on the day at a total cost of €50 per person. To book please contact Colm Sweeney on +353 87 322 2910

 

Many other events still to be added

 

To learn more keep up to date follow ardara.ie on
Facebook and Instagram

 

For accommodation options in the town visit the accommodation directory

 

For more information contact Stephen: 087-2424590

 


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Accommodation

Hotels

Woodhill House

A historic coastal manor house dating back to the 17th century offering accommodation and dining Phone: (074) 954 1112 Facebook: www.facebook.com/WoodhillHouseAndRestaurant www.woodhillhouse.com Share:

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Self Catering

The Artist’s Cottage

The Artist’s Cottage, Cronkeerin, Ardara. The Artist’s cottage is situated 3 km. from Ardara town on the Donegal town road. It is a beautiful stone cottage, surrounded by trees under…

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Holly Glen Cottage

3 Km from Ardara. Perched on the hillside and boasting excellent views of the Glengesh Pass near Ardara, is this delightful detached farmhouse-style cottage. This cottage has been lovingly decorated…

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Beagh Farm Cottage

Beagh Farm Cottage nestles in a sheltered position off a private lane. It is less than 5 minutes from the heritage town of Ardara and 10 mins from the beaches…

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Owenea River Rest

Owenea River Rest offers a unique glamping experience near the Owenea river, just outside the heritage village of Ardara, on the Wild Atlantic Way. Guests can wake up in tranquillity…

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The Barn at Ardhill

This 2-bedroom holiday home has a living room with TV, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, towels and bed linen, and a children’s playground. See Booking.com listing. Tel: 0878694119 Share:

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Maggie’s House

Boasting garden views, Maggie’s House offers accommodation with a private beach area, a garden and a terrace, around 14 km from Narin & Portnoo Golf Club.

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Iona Lodge

Newly refurbished, modern house with open plan kitchen living room in the centre of Ardara. 3 bedrooms but can sleep 7 people comfortably. Book on AirBnB Phone 0879330430 Share:

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The Lookout

Just one step away of the WildAtlanticWay you will find “The Lookout” on your way from Ardara to Loughros Point. There you will find a cosy, warm and creativ place…

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Loughros Point Farmhouse

4 double ensuite bedrooms in a traditional farmhouse located in scenic Loughros Point. Situated in a beautiful, peaceful area with excellent lake, sea and mountain views. Relax beside the cosy…

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Catherine’s Cottage

5 guests. 2 bedrooms. Relax with the whole family at this peaceful place to stay. Catherine s cottage has amazing sea and mountain views from every window. The cottage is…

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No.2 Drumbarron Park

Self catering 4 bedroomed detached dwelling located at Hillhead, Ardara. 2min walk to town.  House sleeps 7.  All enquiries to 087 3107670 after 6.00pm or e-mail traversannmarie@gmail.com Share:

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Diamond House Ardara

Fully renovated in 2019 and ideally located in the center of Ardara along Donegal’s the wild Atlantic Way. We offer the perfect place to stay while experiencing all the beautiful…

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Bed & Breakfast

Robin’s Nest B&B

A brand new bright & airy home situated in a quiet lane with magnificent views across the bay to Maghera Beach & Caves, Assaranca Waterfall and the majestic mountains beyond….

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Ardhill House

Beautifully restored house in the centre of the village in Ardara. 4 guest rooms. Campervan places. Parking. WiFi. Town centre.

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Brae House B&B

Clean, Friendly, Family Home.Quiet comfortable orthopaedic beds & TVRenowned for Hospitality and Excellent FoodEasy to Find, Hard to leaveOnce Been, Never To Be ForgottenSituated in Ardara Town, 7 doors from…

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Hillhead House B&B

B&B situated at Hillhead Ardara with four rooms available.Situated in a quiet area just 200m from the center of the village.To book contact Irene on 087 295 4920 Share:

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An Charraig Ban

The bed and breakfast offers a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with free toiletries, a hairdryer and shower. For added convenience, the property can provide towels and bed linen…

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Loughros Point Farmhouse

4 double ensuite bedrooms in a traditional farmhouse located in scenic Loughros Point. Situated in a beautiful, peaceful area with excellent lake, sea and mountain views. Relax beside the cosy…

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Drumbarron House B & B

Drumbarron Bed & Breakfast is situated in the heart of Ardara on The Diamond. We welcome you to our third generation Bed & Breakfast. Complimentary Tea/ Coffee, scones provided on…

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The Green Gate B&B

Nestled 2km above the iconic village of Ardara, The Green Gate B&B is a traditional Irish thatched cottage which was lovingly restored and created by French philosopher Paul Chatenoud in…

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Abbey Lodge

Abbey Lodge B & B is situated on the Glenties Road adjacent to the Ardara Garda Station. The House boasts panoramic sea and mountain views overlooking Ardara Town. Just a…

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