County Donegal Off The Beaten Path

  • Kilclooney Wood Co. Donegal
    Kilclooney Wood Co. Donegal
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  • Off The Beaten Path
    by lee.evelyn
  • Off The Beaten Path
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County Donegal Off The Beaten Path

  • Kilclooney Dolmen, Ardara

    Donegal Off The Beaten Path

    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

    Donegal Off The Beaten Path

    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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  • Rathmullen & Ramelton, Lough Swilly,...

    This area on Fanad Peninsula above Letterkenny, is very nice. It is out of the way and easily missed....but a nice remote area with lots of history, and I have heard a new up and coming area for new settlers.We did this route when we planned to see the Bloody Foreland.I am glad we did not miss it. Great.

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  • Rathmullen & Ramelton, Lough Swilly,...

    This area on Fanad Peninsula above Letterkenny, is very nice. It is out of the way and easily missed....but a nice remote area with lots of history, and I have heard a new up and coming area for new settlers.We did this route when we planned to see the Bloody Foreland.I am glad we did not miss it. Great.

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  • High Cliffs at Horn Head

    Jutting from the wild north coast of Donegal is the incredible cliff lined peninsula of Horn Head. This place greatly rewards those who are willing to do a bit of hill walking, and who aren't to flustered by staggering heights. The cliffs of Horn Head rise to 600 feet at their highest, jutting point. Thats only 114 feet less than the Cliffs of...

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  • St. John's Point: Serene Beauty

    About 10 km west of Donegal Town , at Dunkineely, we turned south towards St. John's point, a long and narrow strip of land between Inver Bay and Mac Swyne's Bay. The road became narrow and winding, and soon there was a sense of remote isolation, with the serene beauty of green grassy slopes leading to a rocky shoreline, ruins of an ancient castle...

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  • Catching Razorfish

    As one of the world's worst fishermen, I didn't hold out much hope of catching one. At least I could dispense with all that rod and line caper.Donegal is (I am told) an excellent place to catch some. It is actually more like a clam as it has a protective shell shaped like, you guessed it, a cut-throat razor. You go armed to the beach with no more...

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  • Unbounded Beauty of Slieve League

    Slieve League, located at the very western tip of Co. Donegal is not for the faint of heart, but not to be missed either. Despite a cloudy day and drizzling rain, the view can't be beat. And it only gets better at the top of the hike up "One Man's Path" that is clearly marked at the turn-around in the parking area. The hike is quite a challenge for...

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  • My Favorite View on N56 Near Inver,...

    I have taken several photos of this spot, this is probably one of my favorites. It is on N56 between Inver and Donegal.If you study the photo closely, you can see a ridge of mountains way off on the horizon which I believe are the Darty Mountains across Donegal Bay. The Peninusla is Tullyvoos and the waves are Inver Bay.What a spot....you won't...

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  • Bloody Foreland, Co. Donegal.

    Bloody Foreland in Co. Donegal I would say is the most western left hand corner in Ireland. Lovely scenery, vast and open, with the mainland sticking into the ocean like long fingers.Very remote but what part of Donegal isn't. I would say worth a visit. Check the website below, for another great photo that will temp you.

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  • All of Donegal is off the Beaten Path!...

    Malin Beg is basically as far off the beaten path as you can get. A "Dead End" road. It is Donegal's most Western Point. You can get there from Meenavean or Glencolumbkille or Malin More off of R263.A beautifl scenic view of the ocean, cliffs, and beach. There is a very steep long set of stairs that you can go down to the beach. Donegal never stops...

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  • Kilclooney Dolmens, Co. Donegal, Ardara

    Kilclooney Dolmens I love stones........any kind of stone....anywhere, and I especially love stone walls and stone houses.....but to see a Dolmen is the ultimate experience for a rock nut. Ancient and so old one cannot even understand the vastness of it all. To comprehend and be aware of it's age is almost inconceivable. The Kilclooney Dolmens were...

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  • Hard to find....hard to leave!!! Slieve...

    Slieve League Mountain and the Bunglass Cliffs, Co. Donegal, a wonderful place to climb and hike. It doesn't even show a road to get there on some maps. This is one of the most dramatic scenes, the coloration of the hills and mountain, almost look like camouplage. It was foggy when I was there, but we still made the walk and climb, one of my...

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  • Get off the Main Drag

    County Donegal has some amazing extremes of landscape, and we found that the best way to discover it was to get off the main roads and take the scenic route to our destination.We were impressed by what we saw along the way......hard to take photos through the car windows though!!

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  • Wee House of Malin

    The Wee House of Malin is a small cave near a ruined church where St. Muirdealach is said to have lived. Legend has it that the tiny cave could hold any number of people. No matter, how many people were already in there, there would still be room for more. As it was only my friend and myself there we could not really try it out.

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  • Columcille Heritage Centre

    If you are in the area around Churchill in the Glenveagh National Park you can stop at the Colmcille Heritage Centre. The main feature in the centre is a 15 min long audio-visual about the life of St. Columcille (Columba). The rest is a small collection of artefacts and some illustrated panels. Not really worth making a detour for, but if you’re in...

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  • Five Finger Beach

    On our way from Malin town to Malin Head we saw a signpost for “Five Finger Beach” which sounded very interesting, so of course we veered off to have a look. It was fabulous, with long sand dunes along the beach, and mountains forming a nice backdrop in the distance. The name comes from five rocks that stick out like little fingers. When we were...

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  • Carndonagh Cross

    In Carndonagh we stopped at the Carndonagh Cross on the Buncrana road, an 7th century High Cross with two carved pillars beside it. The carvings included figures and faces and some interlacing celtic patterns.

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  • Hell's Hole

    Standing at Malin Head there is a small path leading down the hill to the left along the coast. Following this path you will get to Hell’s Hole after about 1 km. This is a deep, narrow gap in the rocks through which the water rushes in at high tide. We were warned to be careful on this path and not to deviate from it. Halfway to Hell’s Hole there...

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  • Stuck in the muck

    I have to share this story of one mid winter night. When I get around to creating my travelogue I will move it there.My friend and I drove around the Inishowen peninsula and just before nightfall we tried reaching a certain landmark at Malin Head (Ireland's northernmost point) but couldn't quite find the road. We ended up taking a little dirt track...

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  • Fanad peninsula

    driving around the Fanad penisula was sheer magic. The views are spectacular - rugged cliffs, gentle beaches, lush green farms.A travelogue featuring this magnificent area is forthcoming! I've so many beautiful pics I need to decide which to put in here!

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  • Rossknowlagh beach

    Rossknowlagh beach - if you want complete & utter peace, quiet and near isolation - this is the place for you.

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  • This was taken on the Creveghy...

    This was taken on the Creveghy hill walk, Rosses route. There's nothing left of this community except afew ruins, appreciated only by the sheep who shelter from the rain.Why these people choose to build up here in the middle of the hills in the first place I'll never know, but it's sad to see the entire village left as an empty shell. Times were...

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County Donegal Hotels

  • Sandrock Holiday Hostel

    The Sandrock Hostel at Malin Head is by far the best hostel I have stayed in so far. It is located...

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  • Harvey's Point

    Lough Eske, Donegal, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • The Harbour Inn

    Derry Road, Ludden, Buncrana, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Silver Tassie Hotel

    Ramelton Road, Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Fitzgerald's Hotel

    Bundoran, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Arnold's Hotel

    Dunfanaghy via Letterkenny, Dunfanaghy, County Donegal, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 1 out of 5 stars

  • Seaview Hotel

    Main Road, Bunbeg, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

  • Errigal Hostel

    Dunlewey, Gweedore, Co. Donegal, Ireland., Dunlewey, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Greene's Holiday Hostel

    Carnmore Road, Dungloe, Ireland

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