Dunlewey Lakeside Centre (Ionad Cois Locha)

Dun Luiche, a small rural community in the Donegal Gaeltacht lies in unique scenery at the foot of Mount Errigal, the highest mountain in county Donegal.

Ionad Cois Locha is situated on the shores of Dunlewey Lough in the shadow of the haunting and mysterious Poison Glen. It has many attractions and fun activities making it a great day out for the family

Attractions Include

  • Restarunt and Tea Room
  • Craft Shop
  • Adventure Play Area
  • Historic Homestead Visit
  • Weaving Demonstration
  • Audio Visual Show on Dunlewey
  • Lakeside Walks
  • Cruise on Dunlewey Lake
  • Farmyard Animals to feed
  • Pony and Trap
  • Traditional Music

Come on a Boat Trip!

Story telling trips in our 50 seater boat The Grainne Rose run from the Jetty. View the double-peaked summit of Errigal and the glimmering granite of the Poison Glen from new angles. You will pass near the site of a prehistoric Crannog. the first ‘Dunlewey’ which now lies beneath the water and you might spot the Green Lady, ghost of the Guinness Estate, across the Lough and much more.

 Restaurant and Tea Room

Dine from our extensive and moderately priced menu in the restaurant and tea room situated to give dramatic views of the surrounding landscape.

Craft Shop

Choose from a vast range of goods including Donegal Tweed, handknits, paintings, pottery, jewellery and books in one of the finest craft shops in the county.

World Famous Weaver

In the middle of the 20th century many people came to this homestead to visit Manus Fe rry, renowned weaver, and to purchase his tweed. These included Henry Mclllhiney (Glenveagh Castle), Derek Hill (Glebe House), Sir Sidney Nolan (The famous Australian Artist) and many others, too numerous to mention.

With his craft and using the wool provided by his brother’s sheep that grazed the surrounding mountains, the family overcame the hardships that faced most families in the valley.

Manus’s home has been preserved to give the visitor the full flavour of life in Donegal in the middle of the last century.

Contact Details

Telephone: +353 (0)74 95 31699 or +353 (0)74 95 31968
Email: dunleweycentre@eircom.net
Website: www.dunleweycentre.com

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