|A Memorable Vacation
in Donegal, Ireland by Ross Gill
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Downings is the place for
a relaxing family holiday. Never too warm and always has a moderate climate.
A Memorable Place for
a Holiday in Ireland:
Downings, which is located
in North West Donegal, Ireland is one of the most scenic areas on the Atlantic
Ocean. And, the facilities on offer for a complete and relaxing family
holiday are second to none. One proviso though, the weather. Sometimes
the wind gets up but for the serious windsurfer, this is a boost.
The area around Downings,
including Carrigart, is very much tourist oriented with golden sandy beaches,
breathtaking scenery, four golf courses, equestrian center, angling facilities
(with various charter boats), sub aqua facilities, indoor leisure center
(with swimming pool, gym and sauna) open to the public. The local GAA Club
has its own gym, which is also open to the public and they hold various
training camps during the summer months.
to give the parents a break, you can sign up for a week's activities for
the children, who will improve their football skills and also learn the
The Downings beach hosts
an annual windsurfing and raft racing competition each August and is an
ideal and safe beach for swimmers. Downings also hosts a festival over
the August bank holiday with many attractions especially for the younger
generation. The Rosapenna Hotel complex includes two quality golf courses
and in August each year, you can partake in the open week with prizes galore
In the Rosgoill peninsula,
there are four hotels, three independent restaurants and a number of lounge
bars and public houses. There are approximately 300 holiday homes in the
immediate area. These have been built over a period extending back several
years, but there is presently a substantial short fall of holiday properties
available. This has been brought about by the seven-year cap imposed on
the construction of holiday homes within residential areas. The effect
of this limit is that the proportion of holiday homes to conventional residences
cannot exceed a maximum of twenty percent.
proportion has largely been reached already in the Downings, Carrigart,
Glenree and immediate surrounding areas. The effect of this is that any
properties that have prior planning without the residential clause will
attract strong levels of demand. The strong demand for holiday homes arises
primarily from the development of the several golf courses in the Downings
and Rosapenna areas including, in particular, the 36-hole Rosapenna golf
course originally designed by Tom Morris. Work has also started on a Jack
Nicklaus 36-hole golf course, presently under construction and within approximately
2 miles from Carrigart and 4 miles from Downings. Planning has also been
granted for two more large hotels. A marina has also been mentioned as
a possibility in Mulroy bay.
The majority of the market
for holiday homes over the past 10 years has been from Northern Ireland
due to its close proximity and accessibility, being no more than about
two hours away. A large percentage of these purchasers would have come
on holidays here with their parents as children and have now grown up and
have young families themselves. The tourist season now extends right throughout
year with holiday homes being in constant use during the summer months
and most weekends throughout the winter apart from the month of December.
However, this area has now
effectively become a Golf Mecca and is likely to attract interest in holiday
homes from as far away as America and Japan.
Whether a walker, cyclist,
golfer, windsurfer, fisherman, diver, you will find that the Downings area
will cater for your every need.
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By Ross Gill