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Barnesmore Gap

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Biddiys o barnes

Great little pub to have a pint in, its the tradition to drop in on the way back to Donegal town... read more

Reviewed August 7, 2018
Hugh M
Coventry, United Kingdom
Amazing scenery!

Raw and wild and quite mesmerising as you drive through on a spring day.............obviously the... read more

Reviewed April 13, 2018
Antrim, United Kingdom
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The road northwards from Donegal Town through Barnesmore Gap in the Bluestack mountains is one of the great scenic routes in Ireland. Bearnas Mor, the "Big Gap" was created by a glacier, which carved a wide, deep valley in the mountain range. This...more
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| N15 Road to Ballybofey, Bluestack Mountains, Donegal Town, Ireland
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Reviewed August 7, 2018

Great little pub to have a pint in, its the tradition to drop in on the way back to Donegal town. Lots of coaches call in so pick your time to call in.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Hugh M
Reviewed April 13, 2018

Raw and wild and quite mesmerising as you drive through on a spring day.............obviously the Gap would take on a different coat in the summer/winter but truly magnificant..........

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Fair-Foodie
Reviewed March 30, 2018

Used to do this regularly-its beauty never got old. Mountains towering over the road, old railway visible and a stream gushing along the road. Best drive!

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed February 8, 2018

This can only be described as an Iconic View in Donegal this is a view that is treasured and photographed by thousands every year. Barnesmore Gap provides a beautiful backdrop for the Twin Towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar can this mountain be seen for miles...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Sarah C
Reviewed January 2, 2018

It's an iconic view of Donegal - one of many. It's reckoned to "divide" the North of the County from the South. Locals joke that true Donegal only starts here, anything further south in the County being more North Sligo than true Donegal. What people...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Patrick R
Reviewed April 28, 2017 via mobile

I think the best views are when driving down into the gap from Ballybofey to Donegal town. There are similar drives all over the British Isles, especially in Scotland. The mountains either side of the road rise steeply but for sheer majesty my favourite is...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank John A
Reviewed November 14, 2015

Excellent B&B for breakfast and touring Donegal hostess Sheila is very friendly and helpful it was great I could keep my Jack Russell terrier with me in the room.Room was spotless and the shower was excellent fully recommend staying there.

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Fintan L
Reviewed July 4, 2015

Barnesmore Gap translated from Irish means the "big gap", and its situated in the Bluestack Mountains between Donegal town and Ballybofey. The Donegal railway used to run through here, connecting south and north Donegal. It's a beautiful drive, but can be treacherous in bad weather....More

Date of experience: July 2015
3  Thank letterkennycaint
Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

We stopped at biddys pub right in middle of gap. Authentic irish pub with open fire drinks and snacks. If on that road do call in. We enjoyed very much

Date of experience: April 2014
Thank poppyOmagh
Reviewed October 13, 2014

What a beautiful place to drive through. Currently unspoiled by much habitation. The mountains rise majestically on each side as one passes. The mist only adds to the mystery!

Date of experience: September 2014
2  Thank Sharon S
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MaryCate L
July 22, 2016|
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Response from DaveB3640 |
Stopped in last year still the same unspoiled and a great pint of stout as always