• Culinary Experience Break

    with Zack Gallagher

  • Sourdough Bread Making

    with Franck Pasquier

  • Making Craft Beer

    with Brendan O’Reilly

  • Learn Lobster Fishing

    with Paul Ricketts

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The Merry Month of May

Deirdre’s Diary

Culinary Experience Break
Culinary Experience Break

When the first day of the month begins with a Bank Holiday, it’s a good reason to plan ahead for a well deserved break away. And with temperatures rising as Summer approaches, where better to escape to than Donegal –

“The Coolest Place on the Planet”

The beginning of May is associated with the Celtic festival Lá Bealtaine. This marks the start of the season of blossoming flowers and fruit trees. May belongs to the Bealtaine Festival, which runs throughout Donegal as a celebration of creativity as we age. Bealtaine showcases the talents and creativity of both first-time and professional older artists. There is lots to see and do in Donegal this May so I have outlined below a selection of options to choose from.

5 Things To Do In Donegal This May

Cup of Tae Festival – Ardara

Friday 28th April – Monday 1st May

A music festival inspired by the late legendary John The Tae Gallagher, with schools of music and live performances.The festival opens with a concert where guests invite their favourite musicians to play. This is followed with live sessions on the street and in the surrounding pubs. Ardara is seen as the ‘home’ of festivals and they do them very well. I have been to this one many times and there was more than ‘tae’ on the table! On one particular occasion, in the wee hours of the night, we were trying to book a local taxi, without success. The owner of the Corner Bar, Stephen Mc Cahill, (currently Donegal Person of the Year), organised a lift to our Bed & Breakfast. Donegal hospitality at its best!

Donegal County Fleadh – Milford

Friday 12th May – Sunday 14th May

Steeped in musical heritage and history, traditional Irish music is the heartbeat of Donegal. Over the years, the Donegal County Fleadh has become a major cultural event and promises to be a weekend packed full of music, song, dance and craic. It is a great opportunity for local musicians to showcase their talents and for visitors to immerse themselves in traditional Irish music in its natural environment. Just as world-famous Donegal tweed is inspired by the hues of the rugged beauty of the landscape, traditional Irish music in Donegal reflects the ever changing sounds of the wild Atlantic ocean, ranging from dynamic, hard hitting reels and jigs to heartwarming, touching old Irish ballads.

Gardening Break – Harvey’s Point

Monday 15th – Wednesday 17th May

Grab your gardening gloves and join expert horticulturist Gareth Austin for a two day workshop consisting of great gardening tips, advice and demonstrations. Gareth is a leading figure in horticulture in the North West of Ireland and is well known as the resident gardening expert with BBC Northern Ireland. Gareth will be joined by our own gardener Pat Murphy, who will take the group on a special woodland walk in the Ardnamona Oak forest as part of the programme. As with all special activity breaks at Harvey’s Point, there is a focus on fun and friendship. From the ‘Meet & Greet’ welcome drinks reception to lively discussions at dinner and maybe even a sing-a-long in Harvey’s Bar; all contribute to an enjoyable and memorable experience.

We are proud to partner with Donegal Garden Trail, which is a creative collection of twenty-two diverse gardens throughout Co Donegal. Visits can be arranged from majestic castles to grand country houses to charming cottages. Some of my favourite gardens in Donegal are Salthill House, Oakfield Park and of course the magnificent Glenveagh Castle.

Yoga Retreat – Harvey’s Point

Friday 19th – Sunday 21st May

This is the perfect opportunity for some ‘me-time’; to immerse yourself in a quieter world for a few days away from the hustle and bustle of life. Take time out to relax, renew and revitalise in the tranquil and inspiring setting of The Lodge @ Harvey’s Point on the edge of Lough Eske. The retreat is run by Anne-Marie McGlinchey, an inspirational and intuitive teacher whose unique and practical approach brings the philosophy of yoga alive, encouraging people to integrate it into their everyday lives. Find your ‘inner peace’ at Harvey’s Point.

Culinary Experience Break – Harvey’s Point & Surrounds

Sunday 21st – Tuesday 24th May (Gourmet Getaway)

Not content with Donegal being named “the coolest place on the planet”, we are now spreading the word is that Donegal is “hot” for food! In the past, a typical Donegal dish consisted of a mountain of spuds, a slab of meat and a tricolour of veg but there is a new wave of cuisine sweeping along the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way right into inland pockets of foodie havens in Donegal. Artisan food production is on the increase and world-class home-grown culinary talent can now be found the length and breadth of the county.

Food has always been our ‘raison d’etre’ at Harvey’s Point. We are delighted to launch our first Foodie Weekend in collaboration with renowned local food blogger, chef and founder of Irish Food Tours, Zack Gallagher. Exploring the best in local and seasonal food and drink, the food trail involves a visit to a master bakery, a craft brewery and a fishing trip on Donegal Bay. There will be cookery demonstrations, foodie discussions, wine tasting and three different dining options to enjoy at Harvey’s Point. As the saying goes: “Eat, drink and be merry.”

Cherry Blossom by Isobel Gysling

Cherry Blossom by Isobel Gysling

It would be our pleasure to have you as our guest at Harvey’s Point this May. To quote our famous Donegal actor and dramatist, Charles Macklin; “You are as welcome as the flowers in May”.

Deirdre McGlone

April 2017

Deirdre McGlone

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Enjoy a chilled out Sunday with our Sunday Sleepover Offer. Take in the views of Lough Eske while enjoying a scrumptious five course lunch in our Lakeside Ballroom before checking in to a palatial suite for some "Us Time".
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