June Bank Holiday Monday was the day of the annual Strawberry Festival at The Glen House, Clonmany, Inishowen. I missed it last year so I was determined to attend and I was glad I did – it was a fantastic family day out.
The Glen House, for those who aren’t familiar with it, is a newly refurbished 18th century house situated at the foot of the Urris Hills overlooking Tullagh Bay and a short walk from the spectacular Glenevin Waterfall. Sonia McGonigle, the proprietor, runs a very successful B&B here – she also has fabulous Tea Rooms serving lots of home baked treats which are open to the public whether you are staying there or not.
So, back to the day itself. There were loads and loads of stalls selling arts, crafts and food including the following:-
Home Bird Ireland
Handmade in Donegal
For my girls there was a bouncy castle, face painting (with a special request for strawberries!) and a picnic on the lawn.
Afterwards we walked from the Glen House to the Glenevin Waterfall – it’s about a kilometre in distance so very manageable for young children. It’s a beautiful walk with picnic areas along the way and lots of little bridges crossing the stream – children love crossing bridges! At the end of the walk there is the spectacular Glenevin Waterfall, standing over 40ft tall.
All in all, a fabulous day out for the family, my girls are I are looking forward to next year’s event already!
http://www.glenhouse.ie/ for more details on The Glen House