Kilcar is a small village on the R263 regional road in the south west of County Donegal, Ireland. The official Irish name, Cill Charthaigh, means "The Church of St. Cartha". The village is part of the Gaeltacht.
The picturesque village of Kilcar, 8 miles (13 km) west of Killybegs, is a centre of the Donegal handwoven tweed industry. Hand-embroidery, knitting and other cottage industries also flourish in this district. The Kilcar Way Walk is in fact, a trinity of equally beautiful walks, starting in the village. One loops around the western foothills of Mulnanaff, the second runs east and north-east to Kilcar Forest and the third skirts Towney.
The village consists of a main street with a church at one end and two textile factories at the other end. In between there are some shops and four pubs. The village has the principal tweed hand weaving facility in Donegal, with a shop selling high quality tweed products.
"An Áislann" is a community facility which includes a library, sports hall (basketball and indoor football), a gym, computer center, and small theatre. It also has exhibits based on the history of south west Donegal and usually has an exhibition of historic local photographs. It is in the same complex as the hand weaving center.
The national school is about 750 meters from the main street, beside the playground. The parish of Kilcar stretches all the way to the river which separates it from the next village, Carrick which is about 6 kilometers away.
The village is surrounded by a variety of townlands, which with the village comprise the parish of Kilcar. They are about a square mile in area.
Surfing, Swimming and Bathing
There are two beaches in Muckross which are only a short distance away. Trá Lobhair beach is ideal for surfing. The other beach, Trá Bhán, has a car park and toilets and is ideal for swimming and bathing. We visit a third beach in Kilcar where we do the Kayaking which is called Port a'Chabhlaigh and is across from Teelin.
Painting & Birdwatching
The tranquil setting of Muckross Head makes it an ideal location for artists and birdwatchers. Muckross Head is home to large numbers of breeding seabirds and wintering geese and amongst its rarer inhabitants is included the Red-billed Chough.
Hill Walking - Croagh Muckross
Croagh Muckross is a nice climb for hill walkers where 5 counties can be seen from the top making it a truly enjoyable adventure. At low tides one can access the back of the headland and view the cave formations caused by erosion through the ages. Sliabh Liag Hill Walking Club has regular walks scheduled over the year.
Slieve League Cliffs
The cliffs are just a short distance from Kilcar. Experience the highest sea cliffs in Europe at 600m. Enjoy the lovely walk with spectacular scenery along the cliffs.
Rock fishing is possible around the Muckross headland and the area is popular for deep sea angling.
Boat Trips from Teelin Pier
The Nuala Star Charter Boat is based in Teelin Pier, Co. Donegal. Contact Paddy for sightseeing trips to Sliabh League / Bunglass cliffs where you can enjoy deep sea angling, dive charter, dolphin spotting, bird watching, and if you're lucky on the day, you can watch Paddy have a swim with the dolphins.