About This Center
The Song House is the vision of Candy Verney, who for the last 20 years has been building communities through song, facilitating thousands to find their voice. Magic happened for Candy in 2014, and recognising the opportunity of a lifetime, she acquired the house. Formerly the Poet's House, it was a centre of literary activity for 20 years, welcoming poets from all over Ireland, US and UK. Seamus Heaney was a frequent visitor.
She has since converted it into a comfortable, sustainable and beautiful house with productive organic gardens. It sleeps up to 14, in 5 bedrooms, and there is further accommodation in a B&B just up the road. It has a cosy well equipped kitchen/diner, seating 16, with an open fire. The workshop room is south facing, has accomodated upto 40 people, has a beautiful acoustic for singing, and far reaching views over Muckish mountain.
Set in the heart of the traditional Gaeltacht area of Donegal and with spectacular views over to Muckish mountain, The Song House ~ Teach na nAmhrán lies on the Wild Atlantic Way. The drama and beauty of the local landscape takes your breath away. Spectacular three mile sandy dune beaches, wide expanses of blue or stormy skies, the iconic Muckish mountain (which translates to the hog’s back), Tory island surrounded by a skirt of turquoise sea glinting in the evening light. Historical sites, Glenveagh National Park, archaeology, the area has it all. The Song House is less than five minutes drive from Falcarragh and 2 miles from the sea. It is accessible by public transport
The views over Muckish Mountain are absolutely stunning - Candy calls the windows the "TV" because the view is ever changing with the weather and light. It's wonderful to find somewhere that has been recently refurbished with such care - the house retains its traditional charm but everything works! Lovely showers, all new windows so no draughts. An open fire with peat blocks and a fire pit outside for warm evenings. Candy is a wonderfully welcoming host who is very knowledgeable about the local area. I took the entire property for 5 days to hold a retreat, using the large living area as a workshop space. I was delighted, as were all the participants. VPBrassey
Venue HighlightsAccessible public transport. Cheap taxis. WAW. Music sessions. Ancient sites, mythlogy, foraging, unspilt wild, living mythlogy, authentic gaelic speaking culture. Fantastic views
The Song House lies on the famous Wild Atlantic Way, and is surrounded by spectacular scenery- bog, mountain, forest, as well as 3 mile expanses of sandy beaches. The beauty of the ever changing skies and natural landscape takes your breath away. All rooms at the Song House look out onto Muckish mountain (lit. the Hogs Back), an iconic mountain in Donegal.
It also lies within the Gaeltacht, a living Gaelic culture- you will hear the Irish language being spoken in the local shops and traditional Irish music can be heard most nights in pubs in the area. there are regular fantastic music sessions in loa pubs. language, music, customs and mythology. The stories of the Irish god Lugh originate on the island of Tory, just off the coast and on Mount Errigal, visible from the Song House. The area is scattered with ancient sites- standing stones, circles, burial graves, promontory forts.
Great place for foraging for wild foods: seafood, seaweed along the sea shore, as well as mushrooms and herbs in Ards forest.
The Song House is also very accessible by public transport, with regular coaches coming from Dublin, Galway and Belfast.
The Song House itself has organic gardens, where participants can help themselves to herbs and fruits in season, an outdoor fire pit, a lawn and leisure space.
AccommodationsBedroom 1- twin en suite
Bedroom 2- twin
Bedroom 3- double
Bedroom 5- family room with 1 double bed, 2 bunks and a single bed.
Apart from the en suite bathroom upstairs, there are 2 large shower rooms with toilets downstairs, both wheelchair accessible.
All linen and towels are provided.
In addition, a B&B next door has several single rooms.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Tour Assistance
- Yoga Studio
- Bicycles For Rent
- Includes Meat
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineThe Song House is a self catering venue. However we work with a local chef, who cooks a variety of tasty meals, and can cater for specialist diets.
DirectionsGoogle Maps - yes F92D4EX. The Song House lies on R256 road, 1 mile 1 1/2km from the village of Falcarragh
McGinleys coaches run several times a day from Dublin city centre and Dublin airport to Falcarragh. (1mile from the Song House). Approx €35 return, takes 4 1/2 hours
Patrick Gallaghers coaches run from Belfast and Derry city centres. Arrangements can be made to collect from Belfast airport. €30 return, €20 single. Takes 2 1/2 hours
Airporter buses run from Belfast airport to Derry city centre.
Donegal has its own airport- voted one of the most picturesque in the WORLD. (contact info blocked)
From here you can fly to Glasgow and Dublin. Each takes about 45 mins.