Glengesh Pass
Glengesh Pass
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treaclebob
Belfast, UK381 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Glengesh Pass is a stunning mountain pass road in west Donegal between the heritage town of Ardara and the lovely village of Glencolumbcille. Travelling from Ardara take the road to Killybegs and the road through the pass is marked off to the right. At the bottom of the pass the road is very narrow through an area of assorted houses and, frankly, untidy and unlovely yards. But the higher you climb the more spectacular it gets. Just before the double hairpin bend there is a little religious site where you can park and pray/ pay your respects. Go through the double hairpin (which will test your driving skills) and then on up past another steep hairpin to the little picnic area at the top of the hill. This must be one of the most beautiful views in the world! It is also part of a waymarked trail (Sli Glengesh) for walkers and ramblers.
Written October 23, 2009
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OWEN246
Longford, Ireland7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Friends
Located on the R230 road between Ardara and Glencolumbkille,8.5km from Ardara town,roughly a 10min drive.17km from Glencolumbkille 20min drive...approaching from Ardara is the uphill climb through the pass on a corkscrew road,whilst coming from the Carrick/Glencolumbkille direction is the downhill route. There is an area to pull in at the top of the pass to look down at the stunning view of the valley below between two high mountains, and a beautiful green floor to the valley.One note is that the road becomes a very steep climb up the pass to the viewing point, so if your not so used to narrow Irish mountainous roads,it maybe more advisable to approach from the Carrick/Glencolumbkille side of the pass.
Definatley worth a visit if your in county Donegal, one of the most beautiful views in the county,the nicer the day the nicer the day.
Written September 15, 2011
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Donal D
Dublin, Ireland18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
This is a very picturesque area of Donegal, and my rating is in reference to it's beauty alone, as I have to warn against going in bad weather.

We very driving from Slieve League area through Glengesh Pass in February when the weather was more than Irish. It was only halfway into the Pass when the snow became quite thick, and at the same time the roads were becoming very winding and steep in places. In retrospect, I should have turned back but it was my first time in the area and didn't know the roads ahead.

The car began drifting on the snow and was very difficult to control around bends. Even crawling in first gear, it was struggling going both up and down slopes. One particular slide was very frightening as the car stalled less than two metres from a steep drop into the valley.

We ended up staying for a couple of hours in one spot as darkness fell, with absolutely no light of civilisation in sight. Eventually we made it through the remainder but not without full concentration and shaken nerves.

I would strongly recommend avoiding this whole area if there is snow or ice on the roads!
Written February 18, 2018
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John W
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
A lovely drive with some breathtaking views. A couple of bits aren't for the faint hearted but I loved it. In June it was far from busy, might have been less fun if it was.
Written June 12, 2019
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TomChatt
Los Angeles, CA123 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
On the way back from Glencolmcille to Donegal Town, we found it very worthwhile to take this scenic detour. Glengesh Pass is a dramatic view from a pull-out along the road, not necessarily something you would go to just for its own sake, but a beautiful road worth detouring on if you're exploring the Slieve League / Glencolmcille peninsula.
Written October 9, 2017
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Janet P
Durham, NC192 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
True, we went in early May before it had 'greened up', but there were not any surprises on this hike. No turns revealing a gorgeous new scenic vista, pretty much straight down (and I mean down gradually for about 2 miles or so) and then you go out and up the same trail. We were hoping to see Golden Eagles but did not. There was a waterfall and you could hear water trickling down in spots but that is pretty much it. The high point of the hike was pretty much getting back to the high point again.
Written May 9, 2017
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AnywhereButUtah
Bountiful, UT31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Friends
While heading to the town of Ardara, we had the misfortune of a missed turn and drove 15km down a back country road. We figured we would either reach the end of the road or end up in a little town selling tweed sweaters and scarves.....we ended up with one of the most scenic descents into Ardara thought the Glengesh Pass.

Do make sure get local advise on how to get to the top of the pass as it is more glorious coming down with the views of the valley than I imagine it is to ascend. CAUTION: there are hikers/trekkers and free range sheep so don't hit the hairpin turns without consideration that there are likely at-risk persons or animals that you would not want to harm and spoil your drive.

As of the writing of this review, I am still in Donegal and considering if I want to go back and drive the pass again it s so beautiful and our drive today was rain soaked and cloudy.....even that could not take away the overall wonderful experience of the play. This is a short but noteworthy drive on our time in Donegal.
Written June 23, 2013
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letterkennycaint
Letterkenny, Ireland12,415 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Couples
Just south of Ardara you'll find the Glengesh Pass. If your in the vicinity it's definitely worth the drive. The roads aren't great so caution is required. The Connor Pass in Dingle is more scary but this is much quieter which allows one to stop and take a few snaps. An earlier reviewer mentioned cycling up but you would need to be very fit to attempt it. Probably one of the nicest drives in Donegal if not Ireland. Stop off in Nancy's Bar afterwards for a pint.
Written January 12, 2013
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NicolaLarryGallagher
Ardara, Ireland20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
Its just a picture perfect scenery on your way driving into Glencolmcille from Ardara, The road has cork screw bends, drive slowly. LOvely on a sunny day.
Written August 28, 2012
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Alan W
Ireland561 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Truly fabulous scenery on your way from Sliabh Liag to Maghera Cave or beach. We were so lucky with a sunny day. What a view as you travel down from the summit to the roadway near Maghera.
Written September 16, 2020
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