Glencolmcille is a scenic valley in West Donegal which has two ecclesiastical foundations attributed to Colmcille.
Glencolmcille is situated on the Slieve League Peninsula at the south west point of Donegal. It is a scenic valley in West Donegal which has two ecclesiastical foundations attributed to Colmcille. Annually in the summer months the area hosts barefoot pilgrimages to the numerous ancient pillars and cross slabs attributed to Colmcille's conservation of pagans to Christians and his banishing of the devils.
The area is bounded on the south by the mountains of Slieve League (Sliabh Liag) and Leahan and on the north by Slieve Tooey. To the west lies the restless Atlantic Ocean.
Glencolmcille is a place of tremendous natural beauty; mountains, lakes, sea cliffs and beaches; a place of quiet roads, stone walls and fuschia bordered lanes. It is an ancient corner of Ireland witnessed by the sites of dwellings and the tombs of the Megalithic period and by the cross inscribed stones of early Christianity.