Ardeen House is conveniently located beside Glenveagh National Park and is in the perfect location for touring Donegal. Ardeen House is on the world's longest defined coastal touring route, the dramatic Wild Atlantic Way / Slí an Atlantaigh Fhiáin
and is also very close to a selection of very beautiful beaches and coves.
The Heritage town of Ramelton is a lively and fascinating place to base your visit to County Donegal.
Ramelton is home to the Donegal Ancestry Centre which is the official family history research/Genealogy Centre for County Donegal and provides a comprehensive research service for people seeking their Donegal Ancestors. The Centre is affiliated to the Irish Family History Foundation and the Irish Genealogy Project.
The heritage exhibition entitled 'The Ramelton Story,' is housed in the building next to the Genealogy Centre and covers many topics concerning Ramelton's past and present including
- Geology, Geography, Archaeology, Topography
- Gaelic Chieftains and the Flight of the Earls
- Plantation and Settlement
- Religious Diversity including Rev Francis Makemie - the founder of American Presbyterianism
- Georgian Ramelton
- Industrial Age in Ramelton's Georgian Port
- Famine and Emigration
- Ramelton's decline and rejuvenation
Many of the buildings in Ramelton date from its heyday as a port during the prosperous years of the 18th and early 19th centuries and there is much for the architectural enthusiast to view in the town.
Ramelton has many shops, restaurants and bars with live music. Examples of the first-rate eating out places are the Bridge Bar seafood restaurant with good music at the weekend and the nearby Mirabeau Steakhouse.
There are facilies for sea-angling with boats available for charter. River and lake angling can be enjoyed in the Ramelton Fishery on the River Lennon and the Lackagh River & Glen Lake.
Horse riding is available at the Golden Sands Equestrian Centre in Rathmullan, only 10 miles from Ramelton.
The countryside can be enjoyed best on foot and there are many superb walks by rivers and lakes, along sandy beaches, through woods and up hills. Further afield there are the mountain ranges of Derryveagh and Glendowan, the dominant features of County Donegal.
Otway Golf Course
in Rathmullan is only 10 miles from Ardeen on the Knockalla Coast Road. This is one of the oldest courses in Ireland and offers spectacular views over Lough Swilly.
Rosapenna Golf Resort
at nearby Downings boasts two world famous courses, the Old Tom Morris and Sandy Hills.
Portsalon Golf Club
par 72, lies on the shores of Ballymastocker Bay, alongside a beach recently voted the 'second most beautiful beach in the world'.
Letterkenny Golf Club
Is at Barn Hill, only 6 miles from Ardeen House. It is a beautiful 18 hole, 6239 yards, Par 70 Parkland Championship course.
Dunfanaghy Golf Club
This 18-hole true links course was laid out in 1905 by six times winner of the British Open, Mr Harry Vardon. It has outstanding views over Sheephaven Bay and Derryveagh Mountains.
An Grianán Theatre has enjoyed full houses and rave reviews since it opened its doors in 1999. With many of the restaurants in the town offering pre-theatre menus, a night at An Grianán Theatre is definitely worth a visit. Tel: 0749120111
Places of Interest Ballydaheen Gardens, Portsalon
are beautiful gardens near Lough Swilly, also providing the only access to the famous Seven Arches on its shore. Open May to September.
Glenveagh National Park
is just a 20 minute drive away and it includes a 14,000 hectare deer park set amongst the dramatic mountain range around Lough Veagh. The visitor centre has audio-visual displays and there are guided tours that include and Glenveagh Castle and surrounding gardens reputed to be the finest in Ireland. A restaurant serves traditional teas.
Flight of the Earls
Year 2007 is the 400th anniversary of the Flight of the Earls when then the last of the Irish nobility left Ireland. Their historic departure to the European continent, never again to return, took place from the neighbouring port of Rathmullan.