"Glenties - The Real Ireland" Glenties by Goner

Glenties Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 31 photos

And Where is Glenties?

'''Glenties''' (Irish: Na Gleanntaí meaning The Glens) is a small town in the northwest of Ireland in central County Donegal. The town is situated where two glens meet, north west of the Blue Stack Mountains, a few kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean and upstream from two rivers.

All around the glens and mountains are scenic walks and drives which can be explored by car, bicycle or foot. Along the rugged coast there are bays, beaches with beautiful coastal scenery.

Glenties is the largest population center in the Parish of Inniskeel and five times winner of Ireland's Tidy Town.

It's Called the Oasis

The town has been described as an oasis with its abundance of trees and bushes contrasting sharply with the stark mountains.

Travel Diary

We went to Glenties to visit with my travel partner Kathy's Irish cousins who own the hostel in Glentise. We had a wonderful time; her cousins drove us throught the magnificent countryside to the Glenveagh Park and Castle,. The views of the ocean and mountains along the way were unforgetable. We ate wonderful Irish meals of fresh fish and excellent beef and I was introduced to Jameson, a very popular drink in this part of Ireland. Irish hospitality far exceeded our expectations.


On the 24th September 1998, Hollywood came to town for the film premiere of "Dancing at Lughnasa" which is based on Glenties. Meryl Streep, Sophie Thompson, Noel Pearson and Brian Friel were there for the premier. The visit can be viewed on YouTube.

Patrick MacGill was born in 1889 in the Glen of Glenties, in 1910 he began his literary career. He moved to London and had 'Children of the Daed End' and the 'Rat Pit' published. They were best sellers. MacGill wrote more novels, some with an Irish setting and some with an English background, but never again received the fame he received from these two novels.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A charming town with friendly people and an abundance of beauty
  • Cons:Windy and cool, take a jacket
  • In a nutshell:A real taste of Ireland
  • Last visit to Glenties: May 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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