SliabhLiag - 30 Jun
This thatched-roof replica of a rural coastal village in Ireland’s most north westerly county offers a glimpse into daily life on the foothills of Slieve League as it was during past centuries.
It was founded in 1967 by Fr. James Mc Dyer a pioneering priest in rural development
The Glencolmcille Folk Village is a cluster of seven small cottages, called a ‘cláchán’, perched on a hillside overlooking the sandy curve of Glen Bay Beach and the majestic headland of Glen Head in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) of South West Donegal.
Designed, built and maintained by the local people, the Folk Village is one of Ireland’s best living-history museums.
Each cottage is an exact replica of a dwelling used by the local people in each of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and is equipped with the furniture, artefacts and utensils of its particular period.
A reconstructed school house, fisherman’s dwelling and tiny pub-grocer offer additional insights into rural Irish life in one of the most remote corners of the country.
Visitors may wander at leisure through the Village, or join one of our excellent guided tours. Take a look at how our ancestors lived, cooked, the beds they lay on, the tools they used, their means of lighting and heat.
Learn how they developed rich traditions in music, dance and crafts despite the material hardships of daily life.
Pre book an experience the wild Atlantic way package where you can learn how to make a St. Brigid’s cross, learn all about our local traditional crafts in conjunction with our Tea House specialities. Our Craft shop is world renowned for promoting local crafts.
We are open easter until the end of September and are pleased to open off season where available and practical with prior booking.
For more information, please view our “Things to do“.