Johnny Doherty Music and Dance Festival

The lively heritage town of Ardara nestled in the bosom of the Bluestacks boasts breathtaking views out over the Atlantic, craic that is legendary and people who are friendly. Here is variety in abundance seldom found elsewhere. Uncrowded sandy beaches, mountain passes, scenic views, forest walks, historical landmarks, a wide range of countryside and coastal walks to choose from and quiet roads throughout the district make sightseeing a pleasure for the motorist, hiker or cyclist. The area is rich in folklore and archaeology, home of handwoven tweed and knitwear, nightly ballad sessions and traditional music during the summer season. For the keen angler, facilities for lake, river and sea fishing are readily available. Our friendly hospitable people are ever ready to make the visitor feel at home. William Keogh in his 1984 publication “the friendly Towns of Ireland” states that to him Ardara is Donegal. The festival celebrates the music and life of Johnny Doherty - perhaps the most famous of Donegal's fiddlers. With nightly concerts, sessions and ceili's in the local bars, this festival is sure to hit the mark!