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Discovering Donegal with Brendan

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At northwest of Ireland, the Emerald Island, jewels are hidden that go unnoticed by the tourist who visits the country. Dramatic cliffs covered with grasses and shrubs of different green, yellow and brown hues; long and wide deserted beaches, trapped between dunes and the brave Atlantic ocean; forests where the ancient tree species that covered almost the entire surface of Ireland still centuries ago remain. Is Donegal, a county full of friendly people, quiet, good beer drinker and right-handed with the use of the harp and violin. An area where the Gaelic language is still spoken among its neighbors and where one seems to look out at the end of the world when observing the view from its giant rock cliffs.

There I drove from Dublin On a long day on the road. My GPS did not have Donegal, the county's capital, as a final destination, but a small town one hour further north: Dunfanaghy.

It is here where Brendan Rohan, an Irish ex-military, decided to fulfill his dream of show the secrets of their land to travelers who decided to know this area of ‚Äč‚ÄčIreland Much less explored. To settle his base of operations, he bought a large house along with some green lands and rode one of the best rural accommodations I've ever met in my numerous trips across this world.

He Corcreggan Millhouse Lodge and Motorhome Park, which I found when searching the Hostels Club website, is a place designed for any type of lover of nature, landscapes, outdoor life or simple calm.

Friend Brendan created a space that It can accommodate all types of travelers. Family rooms, doubles with shared or en-suite bathrooms, dormitories for groups, individual apartments, caravan and van area, camping area and large tents for the glamping (That new term coined to designate accommodations that combine "glamor" with "camping").

But do not think that all this is arranged in a traditional way. No. Brendan is an imaginative, very traveled guy and one of those people who seems to never faint while pursuing his dreams. Talking with him, one can notice a strong and persevering character that has made him be able to carry out a business that saw his existence in danger with the real estate crash that the whole island lived.

Despite the difficulties, he continued to give Corcreggan Millhouse personality. This is demonstrated by old train car whose interior was restored and offers today rooms with bunk beds or double bed. One seems to be traveling in an old compartment of the Orient Express.

The glamping tents

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