Weekender

Deirdre McGlone’s Done­gal

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Life -

My choice would be to spend a week­end along the Wild At­lantic Way in Done­gal,

be­cause not only is the scenery spec­tac­u­lar, there is so much to see and do in the area. It’s also help­ful that I live here, be­cause I travel so much for work that I need a break from it.

I’ve al­ways had a love of light­houses.

My bed for the Fri­day night will be in one of the re­cently opened St John’s Point Light­keeper’s Cot­tages, with fan­tas­tic views across Done­gal Bay, Sligo and Mayo.

Af­ter check-in, I would go for a walk along the pretty sands of Co­ral Beach,

and breathe in the clean sea air. To wind down af­ter a long week, my pref­er­ence would be a nice glass of wine with ar­ti­san bread and cheese. I’d switch off my de­vices, light the fire and re­lax.

I’d be up early for a trip to Slieve Liag.

Be­fore the climb, I’ll have cof­fee and a crois­sant at the pop-up cafe at the view­ing point. It’s about a two-hour walk along Pil­grim’s Path to the sum­mit, One Man’s Pass, for a pic­nic of egg and onion sand­wiches, Tayto crisps and a bar of Cad­bury’s. Yummy.

Af­ter that, I’ll head for Ar­dara,

home of Done­gal Tweed and to the world-fa­mous Nancy’s Bar, for chow­der and a pint of Guin­ness. I’ll stay Sat­ur­day night in The Nes­bitt Arms Ho­tel, with din­ner in the charm­ing Wood­hill House, and tra­di­tional-Ir­ish mu­sic in The Cor­ner Bar.

Be­fore head­ing home,

I’ll pre­pare for the week ahead by sleep­ing in, be­fore hav­ing a break­fast of scram­bled eggs, home-made brown bread and lots of tea. Deirdre McGlone is MD of Har­vey’s Point Ho­tel, Co Done­gal, see har­veys­point.com In con­ver­sa­tion with Sarah Caden

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