The area is bounded on the south by the mountains of Slieve League (Sliabh Liag) and Leahan and on the north by Slieve Tooey. Gleann Cholm Cille is a joy to visit at any time of the year. Both shore and hills change dramatically with the seasons, heightening the attraction for the walker.
At night some of Ireland’s leading musicians play in quiet pubs and accomplished singers draw on an extensive repertoire of local song. The Folk Village Museum was built in three months.
At the opening of the Folk Village, it consisted of four houses representing the cottage types of the area during the previous three hundred years complete with furnishings and artifacts donated by the local community.
At the centre of one of the largest Gaeltacht areas, the town is well-known as the home of Oideas Gael, an Irish language learning institute established in 1984 to promote the Irish language and culture.
The town also has a petrol station, grocer, post office, folk village, woollen mill, hill walking and accommodation centre, restaurant, new “village cafe” and three pubs (with great fiddle music often to be found in Roarty’s or Biddy’s). The coast road across to Malin Mor is majestic and is where Áras Ghleann Cholm Cille is located.