Holidays in the Gaeltacht
Failte go dti an Gaeltacht - Welcome to the Gaeltacht
In the Gaeltacht, this is the language that you will see and hear. The Gaeltachtai are small rural pockets of Ireland, where the Irish language (Gaeilge) is the first language of those that live there and is widely used on a day-to-day basis.
Gaeilge is the community language in the Gaeltacht and here, Irish culture and traditions are kept very much alive, offering an authentic Irish experience for visitors. Many of the Gaeltachtai are situated along the western seaboard of Ireland's Atlantic Coast, well off the beaten track and set amongst some of the finest, timeless scenery of the Emerald Isle.
Accommodation within the rural Gaeltachtai are often more modest, ranging from quaint country hotels and inns, working farms, and family run guest-houses and B&Bs. Activities in the Gaeltachtai can range from outdoor activities, equestrian, fishing, deep sea fishing and golfing, while nightly entertainment tends to revolve around traditional activities such as traditional seisuns, pints of Guinness and good craic.
The second largest Gaeltacht in Ireland can be found in its far north western corner in Co. Donegal. North of Donegal Town, stretching from Fanad Head to Glencolumbcille and covering the famous Irish speaking areas of Gweedore, Gortahork and Na Rossa, the land in this Gaeltacht boasts a craggy coastline of sweeping beaches and dramatic cliffs, remote islands such as Tory, with its own dialect and rugged mountain peaks and windswept moors inland. Much of this remote county is unspoilt and undiscovered and offers some of Ireland's most rugged scenery in a land that is quite different from the rest of the country.
Go Visit Donegal - http://www.govisitdonegal.com/do//the-gaeltacht/
If you are interested in accommodation such as Bed & Breakfast that would be cater for your interest in learning the Irish language, if you contact any of these groups they will be glad to recommend and help make arrangements for you to stay locally.
- Gaeltacht Bheo Fhánada - Facebook Page (Fanad Head)
Bailiúchán Béaloidis Thír Chonaill - Facebook Page (Gweedore)
Donegal Self Catering Cottages - Webpage (The Rosses and Gweedore Gaeltacht)
If you are interested in seeking out lessons and accommodation so as to learn the Irish language first hand here are a few links throughout Donegal that will help you on your way.
Oideus Gael – About us - http://www.oideas-gael.com/en/about/
Accommodation in Gleann Fhinne - http://www.oideas-gael.com/en/acccommodation-in-gleann-fhinne/
Accommodation on Toraigh (Tory Island) - www.oideas-gael.com - acccommodation on toraigh/
Bailiúchán Béaloidis Thír Chonaill - Facebook Page
Foras na Gaeilge - Facebook Page
Údarás na Gaeltachta - Facebook Page
Foinse Nuachtán - Facebook Page
Conradh na Gaeilge - Facebook Page
Posted by: Seamus Callaghan