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Colmcille Heritage Centre
Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Hidden gem
Family friendly
Rainy days
Free car parking
See a unique display of the life and times of St Colmcille. The Colmcille Heritage Centre is situated on a very scenic lakeside site with walks along the lakeside, 15km north west of Letterkenny, County Donegal.

The Colmcille Heritage Centre, in County Donegal, endeavours to give an appreciation of a period in Irish and European history at the end of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the Medieval period.

Europe had been overrun by pagan tribes from the east and was Christianised again by a resurgent Irish church. Saint Colmcille was the pre-eminent figure in this period, not just in Ireland but in all of Christendom. The story is told with beautifully reproduced artefacts and panels. There are also minor displays of artwork from local artists as well as a picture display of a local eviction in the 1860s.

There is an audio visual display with a choice of four languages. A light lunch can be obtained if booked in advance. A tearoom, coach parking and toilets are also on site.

Tips from locals

Start the 5km Gartan Estate Looped Walk from here, continue along the shoreline of Lough Gartan and into the village of Church Hill before returning.

Contact details
Gartan, Churchill, Bellville, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 to 1.5 hours here.

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