Step into the Past

Your holiday home gives you plenty of opportunities for adventures, fun and activities. It doesn’t matter if you are down for a weekend break or 2-week summer holiday. But through all the excitement it’s easy to miss the joy a simple day out at a castle or old country house can bring.

As they say – “It’s easy to forget what’s on your own doorstep.” And we of course, include the doorstep to your holiday homes in that. So, step into the past and explore our guide of the places steeped in history and heritage. You don’t know what you are missing out on.

Donegal Castle

Built in the fifteenth century to serve as a personal fortress for Red Hugh O’Donnell, Donegal Castle sits in the heart of the county town standing watch over the River Eske. After the O’Donnell clan left Ireland in 1607 during the Flight of the Earls, the castle was restored by the English Captain, Basil Brooke. One of the most famous aspects of Donegal Castle is the large carved fireplace situated in the Great Hall.

Donegal Castle

Marble Arch Caves

Of all the attractions on our list, the Marble Arch Caves takes you furthest into the past – over 340 million years. Set underneath the picturesque hills of Fermanagh, you can explore a labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and subterranean rivers formed from three rivers draining off the northern slopes of the Cuilcagh mountain. Guided tours along carefully constructed paths enable you to comfortably traverse the awe-inspiring Marble Arch Caves.

Marble Arch Caves, Fermanagh

Yeats’s Grave

If you are on a day trip visiting many attractions, then don’t forget to stop at St Columba’s Church in Drumcliffe, Co Sligo. Here you will find the final resting place of the beloved Irish poet, William Butler Yeats. This peaceful churchyard sits at the foot of the Benbulben mountain was chosen by the poet himself. The church itself has stood for 1500 years and next to the churchyard you will find Drumcliffe Tea House and Craft Shop and toilet facilities.

Belleek Pottery

Established in 1857, Belleek Pottery is one of Northern Ireland’s oldest potteries. Located in the quaint village of Belleek in Fermanagh the pottery sits along the banks of the River Erne. For many, Belleek pottery holds a very special place in Ireland’s heritage. The Visitors Centre takes a tour of the past, with the museum containing pieces dating back to when the pottery was started.

There are many more heritage properties and places to visit throughout Fermanagh and Donegal. Each is full of fascinating stories and historical significance. So, do yourself a favour and explore somewhere new. You never know what you might discover.

Please note due to the current COVID situation, please phone all properties and places before leaving to ensure they are open and see if a timed ticket is required.

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