The Song House

singing holidays and retreat centre for hire in Co. Donegal, Ireland

The Song House and Muckish Mountain

Stay on the Wild Atlantic Way this Summer!

Stay on the Wild Atlantic Way this Summer!

Just a quick update to let you all know that we have a fantastic summer deal running at the moment – – bring your family or group at a special reduced weekly price of €1450 and get a free half day session with Seamus Doohan of Walking Donegal.

Read more about Seamus in my blog ‘Walking in Donegal with Seamus Doohan’: http://thesonghouseireland.com/2018/05/01/walking-in-donegal-with-seamus-doohan/

Accommodation on the Wild Atlantic Way

 

Contact us now to take one of these spots before they are all gone!

 

Walking in Donegal with Seamus Doohan

Walking in Donegal with Seamus Doohan

Over the next few months we are going to write a series of blogs describing the wealth of culture, history and things to do in this area of Donegal. We’re starting with Walking Donegal with Seamus Doohan

Seamus Doohan has lived in this area all his life and has become passionately interested in the history, archaeology and landscape of this particular area of Donegal. As he introduces himself:

Céad mile fáilte go ‘Hillwalking Donegal’.
Go dté mar atá sibh!

My name is Seamus Doohan. I was born and raised in the Gaeltacht area of Falcarragh in Co. Donegal, under the shadow of the majestic Derryveagh mountains, and within a whisper of the rugged coastline of the wild north Atlantic.

As someone who has a passion for the outdoors, it was inevitable that I would take to hill walking.  From an early age, I have spent many enjoyable days roaming and exploring the hills, mountains and coastline of the region and have gone on to become an experienced hillwalking guide. I have built up an intimate knowledge of the landscape and can choose from a host of enticing and exceptional routes.

In addition to his hill walking expertise, what makes him an exceptional guide is his intimate knowledge of the culture and history of this area. He took a group from a Singing on the Wild Side week at Easter, on a walk up Beltaine near Gortahork, only 3 miles from the Song House. We had a fascinating trip, which ranged from stopping on the roadside to taste whin flowers (aka gorse) which were extensively used in times gone by, to hearing the adventurous story behind an enormous whale skull and bone arching over the entrance gate to a large house. But then we looked further- he pointed out the rounded old stone wall that circulated the property- could this be the remains of a ‘cashel’ an ancient hill fort that used to be in the area?

I said that I was particularly interested in megalithic sites. On the way home, we took a minor detour, and found ourselves in the back garden of an unassuming bungalow. What was in the back yard?- an enormous dolmen. It must have measured at least 12 feet in length. The sort that in Cornwall would have a tourist sign leading to it, and a well worn path of visitors.

You can see more on his website: www.walkingdonegal.net

Seamus and I plan to organize some short breaks here at The Song House next year, where you can combine a cosy stay at the Song House, with fascinating walks and hikes during the day.

Walking Donegal

Stunning Gardens of Donegal

Stunning Gardens of Donegal

Interested in having the unique opportunity to visit these stunning gardens? Click here and check out our ‘Autumn Break in the Stunning Gardens of Donegal’

Donegal has some amazing wilderness, but it also has some of the most beautiful gardens you can imagine.

One such garden, Cluain na dTor, Irish for ‘Meadow of Shrubs’, can be found near the Song House, in the village of Falcarragh. As they put it themselves “Cluain na dTor specialises in plants that thrive in Seaside gardens and coastal regions and offer an outstanding selection of Continue reading “Stunning Gardens of Donegal”

Donegal – The Coolest place on the Planet

Donegal – The Coolest place on the Planet

As our year as coolest place on the planet comes to a close, we thought this was a perfect time to reflect on why exactly this is true.

Music – There is such a varied music scene here with something for everyone. There are regular traditional Irish sessions all over the county (See our list of 6 things to do in Donegal for more on this). There are also a wide selection of music and arts festivals such as the Errigal Arts Festival, Distorted Perspectives Continue reading “Donegal – The Coolest place on the Planet”

6 Things to do in Donegal

6 Things to do in Donegal

With such a vibrant Gaelic culture, there are so many things to do in Donegal that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Similarly, with such atmospheric beauty, Donegal has a wealth of places you have to see if you get the chance to visit this enchanting corner of Europe. For those of you lucky enough to join us here, we have decided to make a list to help you narrow down some of the best attractions, outdoor activities, and sightseeing spots in Donegal for families, groups and solo travelers. (Not booked your stay yet? Why not check out our Singing Holidays or Contact Us to arrange a trip for your group) So here it is, 6 things to do in Donegal:

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Singing is Good For You – Research Shows

Singing is Good For You – Research Shows

Singing is good for you, especially singing together- research shows.

There are so many reasons why we should all be singing. Research proves how beneficial singing is for us. Science says Singing is good for us.

“The neuroscience of singing shows that when we sing our neurotransmitters connect in new and different ways. It fires up the right temporal lobe of our brain, releasing endorphins that make us smarter, healthier, happier and more creative. When we sing with other people this effect is amplified.”

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