We are very proud of our charming hilltop village of Mountcharles which commands a picturesque and panoramic view of Donegal Bay and the mountains of Derry, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Leitrim, Sligo and Mayo.
The old Irish name for the village, Tamhnach an tSalainn – the Field of the Salt – dates back to the 1700s and is derived from the saltworks on the Hall Demesne estate where salt was extracted from seawater and used in salting herring. The English name Mountcharles came into use after the Plantation, and is attributed to Albert Conyngham, an ancestor of the present Lord Henry Mountcharles of Slane Castle, who was raised to the peerage in 1666 by King Charles II and took the name Lord Mountcharles in honour of the King. The Conynghams lived in Hall Demesne estate.
Mountcharles is now a thriving village with a Post Office, Garda Barracks, two pubs, with one of them – the Village Tavern – recently being voted best restaurant and pub of the year. There’s also a supermarket, a national school and a Montessori school, a butcher’s shop, fish shop, Medical Centre and NowDoc service, a pottery, art studio, tea rooms, carpet and furniture store, hairdressing and beauty salon, pharmacy, architects’ offices, and financial services.
In the centre of the village is a well-known and familiar landmark, the green pump, where the five roads meet. In the 1950s, the renowned local author Seamus McManus would gather local children around the pump where he would entertain them with his folklore.
With also have a Community Walking Group and all are welcome! We meet up at the green pump every Wednesday at 10.00am all year round.
A regular walking route is to the Wee Pier, which is relatively short walk from the village and it is also a popular and safe bathing place. Further along the shore, the Big Pier is now the home to the Mountcharles Rowing Club, and other boating and angling enthusiasts.
On the Wild Atlantic way, this one mile walk between the two piers offers exquisite panoramic views of the bay, the Blue Stacks and the Sligo Mountains and it also has the longest stone wall in the area.
With so much to offer, why not come and see for yourself!