Gateway to the switchbacks of the Glengesh Pass, the heritage town of Ardara (arda-rah) is the heart of Donegal's tweed and knitwear industry. You can visit the weavers at work and see the region's most traditional crafts in action. If you're driving, follow signs to the 'Town Car Park' then walk back along the river to the cramped town centre.
Ardara springs to life in late April or early May for the Cup of Tae Festival, a celebration of traditional music, dance and storytelling, particularly featuring the Donegal style of fiddle playing. The festival takes its name from a local musician, John 'the tae' Gallagher. Its small scale makes it a very friendly event.