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Tucked away in the rugged northwest corner of Ireland. County Donegal is a testament to the country’s unspoiled natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. With its stunning landscapes, charming towns, and welcoming locals, Donegal offers an authentic Irish experience that captivates visitors. Let’s embark on a virtual journey through this enchanting County, exploring its top sights and central town.

 

Is Donegal In Northern or Southern Ireland?

Donegal is is located in the northwest corner of Ireland. Although it is geographically located in the north of the Country it is part of The Republic of Ireland. If you want to visit Northern Ireland after Donegal then you’re only a 34 minutes drive to Londonderry (Derry)

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Letterkenny: The Heart of Donegal

As the largest town and administrative centre, Letterkenny serves as the bustling heart of Donegal. While it might not have the historical significance of other towns, its vibrant atmosphere, lively pubs, and diverse eateries make it an excellent base for exploring the region. Or you could choose Donegal town, further south in the County.

Begin your exploration of Letterkenny by wandering through the town centre, where you’ll find a blend of modern amenities and traditional Irish charm. Visit the Donegal County Museum to delve into the area’s history, discovering artefacts that tell the story of Donegal’s past.

To taste local culture, visit An Grianan Theatre, an acclaimed arts venue hosting various yearly performances and events. Additionally, enjoy the town’s dining scene, savour authentic Irish cuisine and enjoy live music at cosy pubs.

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Top Sites to Explore in Co. Donegal

 

Glenveagh National Park: Nature enthusiasts will find paradise in Glenveagh, where pristine landscapes, glistening lakes, and the enchanting Glenveagh Castle await. Explore the gardens, embark on scenic walks, or take a guided tour of the castle, surrounded by the Derryveagh Mountains.

 

Slieve League Cliffs: These dramatic sea cliffs, standing nearly three times higher than the Cliffs of Moher, offer breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Hike to the top or admire the vistas from the viewing point, immersing yourself in Donegal’s raw coastal beauty.

 

Malin Head: Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head, boasts rugged cliffs, expansive seascapes, and fascinating rock formations. Walk along the cliffs, breathe in the fresh sea air, and relish standing on the edge of Europe.

 

Glenveagh Castle: A centrepiece of Glenveagh National Park, this stunning 19th-century castle surrounded by gardens and woodlands offers guided tours that reveal its history and opulent interiors.

 

Dunfanaghy: A charming coastal village, Dunfanaghy entices visitors with its sandy beaches, quaint streets, and proximity to beautiful landscapes. Enjoy outdoor activities like horseback riding, surfing, or simply strolling along the shores.

 

Donegal Town: Discover the historical allure of Donegal Town, characterized by its medieval Donegal Castle overlooking the River Eske. Explore the town’s craft shops, immerse yourself in Irish folklore at the Donegal Bay Waterbus, or enjoy a traditional music session in a local pub.

 

Inishowen Peninsula: Explore this ruggedly beautiful peninsula, boasting scenic drives, ancient sites like Grianán of Aileach, and the captivating Malin Head.

 

Arranmore Island: Take a ferry to this tranquil island, offering a peaceful escape, stunning landscapes, and a glimpse into island life with its rich cultural heritage.

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Where to stay in Donegal:

Our 5* Pick – Lough Eske Castle

Our 4* Pick – Waterfront Hotel

Our 3* Pick – The Gateway Lodge 

Our Budget Pick – Marguerite’s B&B

Food & Drink: 

To Eat: The Restaurant at Harvey’s Point

To Drink: The Gallery Bar

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County Donegal’s allure lies in its untouched landscapes, rich history, and welcoming locals. From the majestic Glenveagh National Park to the wild beauty of Slieve League Cliffs, each site tells a unique story of this captivating region. Whether exploring the charming towns, delving into history, or immersing oneself in nature, visiting Co. Donegal promises an authentic and unforgettable Irish experience.