Donegal Travel Guide

  • Kilclooney Wood Co. Donegal
    Kilclooney Wood Co. Donegal
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    Donegal Town
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Donegal Highlights

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    lee.evelyn says…

     nice beaches, clean and fresh air, wild and rugged scenery, traditonal pubs with music 

  • Con
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    Goner says…

     The wind just chills your bones 

  • In a nutshell
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     The welcome will be warm even if the weather isn't! 

Donegal Things to Do

  • Donegal Town

    Spend some time at the Scotsman, a small pub on the Diamond (town center). It doesn't look like much from the outside but it's nice inside...There's music every night provided by the pub owner, his wife and guest musicians. the locals at the bar are friendly and colorful. But order beer because the mixed drinks are suspiciously weak! Visit Donegal...

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  • Donegal Castle

    We were in Donegal for an afternoon but were pleased we took a tour of the castle in town. It is very accessible, it's right in Donegal Town. It was built by the O'Donnells in the 15th century beside the River Eske. It's had 17th century additions and it's very well furnished with Persian rugs and French tapestries. One of the best furnished Irish...

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  • Glenveagh National Park

    Glenveagh National Park is set along the Derryveagh Mountains in the North West Corner of Donegal. With over 16,000 hectares of mountains, lakes and woodland, the park offers the ultimate getaway for outdoor enthusiasts, families in search of adventure or those who seek peace and tranquility.Glenveagh National Park is open to the public all year...

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  • Take a trip to Arranmore Island (Arainn...

    Arainn Mhor (Arranmore)is an island of seven square miles situated just 3 miles off the coast of Donegal. The car ferry en route from the mainland port of Ailt an Chorrain (Burtonport) passes between a cluster of smaller islands on its swift, twenty-minute crossing.Some 600 people are resident on the island, though the population rises to 1,500 in...

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  • Swim or walk at Narin Beach

    Narin Beach is a 3 mile stretch of fine white sand, the beach has blue-flag status again this year and is safe for swimming.At the end of the 3 mile stretch you come to some black rocks, with rock pools.When the tide is out you can walk over to the island of Inniskeel (see tip) on it, you will find an old graveyard and a derelict small church.

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  • Visit ancient ringfort The Grianan of...

    The Grianan of Aileach, built ca. 1700BC, is one of the most remarkable and important monuments ever to be erected by the ancient Irish, being the place of the Irish Kings from the earliest age of history down to the start of the 12th century. It was a one-time residence of the O'Neills of Ulster.The Fort is situated in Co. Donegal, about 7 miles...

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  • the diamond

    the diamond is in the center of donegal town. pictured is an obelisk that commemorates four franciscan monks who wrote the annals of the four masters in the 1630's. this work traced the history of the gaelic people from 40 days before the great flood up to the 16th century.

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  • donegal abbey

    locatated on quay street just past the public parking lot is the ruins of donegal abbey. it is on a small hill overlooking the river eske. built in 1474 all that remains are a few gothic windows and cloister arches. it has a beautiful cemetery with a interesting collection of irish crosses.

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  • donegal castle

    this historic castle dates back to the 15th century. there are several jacobean additions added by sir basil burke after the ouster of the o' donnells in 1607. burke was was responsible for laying out the diamond square which today is the center of donegal town. open to the public.

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  • donegal town pubs and inn

    Spend some time at the Scotsman, a small pub on the Diamond (town center). It doesn't look like much from the outside but it's nice inside...There's music every night provided by the pub owner, his wife and guest musicians. the locals at the bar are friendly and colorful. But order beer because the mixed drinks are suspiciously weak!Visit Donegal...

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  • The Diamon - The very center of the town

    In Diamond, the center of the town, stands an obelisk erected for the memory of the Four Masters. The four franciscan monks wrote on the 17th century the book "Annala Riochta Erenann", more commonly know as Annals of the Four Masters. The book covers the history of Ireland from 2242 BC to 1616AD.In the center of the town a triangular marketplace is...

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  • Donegal Castle

    Donegal Town was the seat of the O'Donnell's, until the 17th century. They were overthrown in the midst of the collapse of the old Gaelic system in 1602. Donegal Castle (Caisleán Dhún na nGall) on the banks of the River Eske is the most important sight in the town. It once belonged to the O'Donnel family, who built it in the 15th century. The...

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  • Donegal Bay Waterbus

    The waterbus is well worth a visit when in donegal town. Captain Billy Bustard will entertain and education you on the beautiful donegal bay. You'll learn about the town being used as a port get fantastic photo opportunities. See their website for more info. Just to see the seals on the sand banks and if you're luck enough to have a full tide the...

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  • Donegal Town Itself.........

    Donegal Town should not be overlooked for a morning or afternoon visit. It has some nice shops and the Donegal Castle is in walking distance from the town square. It is also a good place to get your Traveler's Checks cashed at the local bank, postcards sent etc.

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  • A Monument to French Fear and...

    Close to the water, just off the diamond in Donegal Town, sits the anchor to a French freighter. The anchor was dropped by the French, who were trying to profiteer in Donegal, but when they saw British flags on shore, they couldn't get out of the harbor fast enough-- cutting the anchor to make their escape even faster.

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Donegal Restaurants

  • La Bella Donna: Good Italian Food in...

    Surprisingly good Italian food for Donegal! I try and eat here for dinner whenever I'm home, the food is good, the prices are reasonable, the staff are friendly and it might well be the best place for dinner in town. The ambiance of this is place is sorta romantic modern Italian.However, it sometimes can takes a really, really, really long time for...

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  • Authentic Italian Cuisine

    You will feel immediately transported to Italy as you enter this delightful Restaurant and are greeted with a warm welcome.The ambiance is stylish and elegantly furnished and there is a spacious bar where you can take your aperitif and study the menu which at weekends features a 'catch of the day'. What is available is more than just a great choice...

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  • Don't miss the fresh Seafood!

    Nancy's Pub famous for a great pint of Guinness and fresh seafood. the pub is over 250 years old and owned by the same family, now in the 6th generation.The atmosphere is cozy, in winter there is an open fire to greet you, there is about 200 different cups hanging from the ceiling above the bar. This bar serves the best Bloody Mary in the whole of...

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  • La Aroma: Great for lunch, coffee or...

    Good place for lunch, coffee, or cake! Make sure to try their great Orange Cake with a dollop of cream. It's very small, and at lunchtime will often be full with locals so either arrive before noontime or after 1pm. They do sandwiches, and usually have a couple of hot specials. Decent coffee (for Ireland) too. And they make all of their own breads,...

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  • seafood and steaks

    i would highly recommend this restaurant to visitors to donegal. on quay street it is a couple of blocks from the diamond. good seafood in a nautical motif. good food. moderate prices.

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  • Excellent cuisine!

    In the little town of Annagary, you find this fine restaurant. This is a very special place - not inexpensive, but worth every penny! Seabass , or any seafood. Fresh and delicious. Excellent presentation

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Donegal Nightlife

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    The Masters

    by kathycollins Written Aug 29, 2002

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    The most fantastic session is at Hudibeg's in Bunbeg...music and craic that's truly awesome! The people are so very friendly and the music is joyous! If you want to find an Irish pub where you can talk with Irishmen instead of fellow-tourists, head up to Donegal!

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Donegal Shopping

  • Irish Books, Celtic-Design Jewelry

    Situated at the Diamond in Donegal Town, facing the monument commemorating the Four Masters, this shop specialices in books of Irish and Donegal interest, plus Waterford Crystal, Celtic-Design Jewelry. Donegal History BooksHandmade Celtic-Design silver JewelryWaterford Crystal (wine glasses etc.)

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  • A great book and giftshop at The Diamond

    At the center of the town one can find The Four Masters Bookshop, named after the obelisk standing on The Diamond. The shop is a great place for buying all sorts of Irish "goodies", like books, CDs, Waterford Crystal, Celtic watches etc. Ask for the booklet with a walking tour around Donegal Town!

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Donegal Local Customs

  • by Anisha1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Donegal Castle
    Donegal castle was built as a stronghold by the O'Donnells in the 15th century beside the river Eske. It is open daily from 9am-6.30pm. Last admission 5.45pm. For more info Tel 073-22405.

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Donegal Off The Beaten Path

  • Kilclooney Dolmen, Ardara

    Take the R261 from Ardara towards Portnoo, just before you get to Kilclooney you will see the Dolmen to your right in a field. Park your car at the Dolmen Centre (Eco-Tourism Centre, see tip) and walk over to Kilclooney Church. to the left of it, there is a path in the grass that will lead you up to the Dolmen. It is on the land of a farmer, who is...

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  • Fintown

    Fintown.....is a village tucked away in the central mountain area of the Blue Stack Mts. It is remote to say the least. Sheep herding industry is concentrated here and also forest restoration. A couple of lumber mills. Lough Finn is a lovely lake.............as also Lough Muck, which is where we rented a typical white cottage. I enjoyed the...

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  • Visit ancient Kilclooney Dolmen

    Take the R261 from Ardara towards Portnoo, just before you get to Kilclooney you will see the Dolmen to your right in a field. Park your car at the Dolmen Centre (Eco-Tourism Centre, see tip) and walk over to Kilclooney Church. to the left of it, there is a path in the grass that will lead you up to the Dolmen. It is on the land of a farmer, who is...

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Donegal Favorites

  • Goats Don't Shave

    by Anisha1 Updated Dec 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Mary From Dungloe Festival 2004
    27th July to 5th August.
    The festival features a number of international artists playing at numerous venues throughout the town with street entertainment, dome concerts, parades, competitions and fun activities taking place daily.
    It is advised to book accomodation well in advance.
    For B&B:
    http://dungloeardcrone.web.com/

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