The Glengesh Pass

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Place Category: Donegal, Places and People of Interest, and Travel & Tourism

  • The Glengesh Pass is a winding section of road which links Glencolmcille to our beautiful Ardara. The route is a very popular road to take on your way back from Slieve League. This meandering drive can assault your senses with the magnificent scenery that abounds and bring you back in time – when there was more time! Here you can see sheep and cattle munching on fresh green grass and bashing about aimlessly. A pleasant unspoilt trip that is well worth taking.

    From Glencolumbkille a road heads inland towards Ardara, through the wild and picturesque Glengesh Pass where the road meanders through sloping mountainous terrain. Glengesh ( Gleann Geis, Glen of the Swans) is one of two glaciated valleys that sculpture the northern edge of the Banagh peninsula. The steeply plunging flank of Common Mountain ( 503m / 1,653ft ) on the glen’s south side shows to advantage on the N56 approach road from Glenties. The glen carries the road between Ardara and Carrick to a height of 270m / 900ft over Glengesh Pass via a couple of hairpin bends. Glengesh Pass is a high pass with an elevated window on Loughros Beg Bay, exquisitely framed between the steep sided Glengesh and Mulmosog mountains.

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