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Patrick’s Guide to Spring in Donegal

Spring flowers are appearing, lambs are dancing in the fields and misty mornings are opening up to warmer days. Donegal is inspiring in the springtime, our CEO of Magee Weaving Patrick Temple, shares his guide to exploring his home county. Bookmark his favourites for your next visit…


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Patrick Temple CEO Magee Weaving inspecting wool. Glengesh pass, Co Donegal. A sunset over An Port, Co Donegal. Patrick's Cheviot sheep


Patrick on the best places to see…


“The natural forestry around Lough Eske near Donegal town is a great place to see the red squirrel, I believe it's very important to respect and preserve our natural woodlands.”

Dramatic Donegal Coastlines

“The Glengesh pass is a breathtaking mountain pass that connects Glencolmcille to Ardara, I love to cycle up through it and head towards An Port for a snapshot of one of the most dramatic coastlines imaginable.”

Easter Lambs

“I breed Cheviot sheep for their soft wool, we have lambs at this time of year, this is a breed well suited to these latitudes and the damp environment, observing them is a way for me to understand wool production, sourcing and how it has developed in this region over the years.”


Magee 1866 Throws
Magee 1866 Throws
Magee 1866 Throws
Magee 1866 Throws

The Temple's on their sailing boat the Sandpiper. Detail of cliffs of Donegal. Lynn and Patrick Temple Chairman and CEO on board the Sandpiper. Patrick's Cheviot sheep.


Patrick on the best places to go...


“Taking the Sandpiper to Teelin harbour is a great way to spend the day followed by a pint and a bowl of creamy seafood chowder in The Rusty Mackerel.”

Walking with Kids

“I like to bring my boys to Maghera caves and beach which is 15 minutes drive from Ardara, it has a white strand, deep blue water and dunes for shelter if the wind is strong. We usually stop by Nancy’s Bar in Ardara afterwards.”

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