County Donegal Things to Do

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County Donegal Things to Do

  • Donegal Town

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    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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  • Horn Head

    County Donegal Things to Do

    Mount Errigal is one of the highest mountains in the region, it's 752 m high. That doesn't sound too high, but trust me, when you are climbing it, it sure feels high! There is a parking place about 1km from Dunlewy. From there you can walk up to Errigal Mountain. It takes about 1,5 hours to walk up to the top, at some points it gets really, really...

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  • Slieve League

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    The highest cliffs in Europe at around 800 feet are situated at Slieve League in Co Donegal. Forget the Cliffs of Moher if you want to expereince real cliffs then come here. In fact one of the scariest drive's you can imagine is the drive from the main road to the car park at the cliffs. At points the road overlooks a sheer drop of hundreds of feet...

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  • Ardara..Woolen Mills and Shops. Pretty...

    A trip to Ardara for the day is a nice outing especially if it is rainning and damp and cold.A pretty small village (some have voted it to be the prettiest in Co. Donegal ) that is the Woolen center of Co. Donegal, many mills and shops to look and buy the famous Donegal Tweed Plaids. I got carried away here and bought a sweater, scarf and woolen...

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  • Railway Heritage Centre

    This is a museum dedicated to the old railway service that ran in to Donegal Town, there are rumours of some part of this line being reopened - I think that could go down well

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  • Go on the Scenic Atlantic Drive

    On one day during my stay, I went with someone else from the workshop on the scenic Atlantic Drive which is a short, but very spectacular road around the Rosguill Peninsula. Just about everywhere on this drive, the views are impressive!

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  • Fish from Downings Pier

    Downings Pier is in a sheltered spot along Sheephaven Bay -- and it's a good place for fishing. From Downings Pier, it is possible to catch a variety of species of fish.On my visit, I didn't go fishing. However, I did walk near the entrance to the pier.

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  • Go to Downings Beach

    Downings Beach is a curved, sandy shoreline on the calm, sheltered waters of the Sheephaven Bay. During the summer season, it is very popular with swimmers, boaters, and windsurfers. This EU Blue Flag beach is ideal for children as the water is very shallow for a long way out.During my visit in November, I walked to the beach with some others from...

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  • See Lough Salt

    "Lough" is a Hiberno-English form of the Old Irish word loch, which means lake, or bay. Lough Salt is a lough on a side road between the villages of Glen and Termon in County Donegal. Along the lough, there are viewing areas. The lough itself is over 245 feet deep -- and is used as a natural reservoir by the Donegal County Council.

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  • Dungloe beaches and Gweedore walks

    Donegal has beautiful scenenery. The whole coast has acres of beach all of which are mostly desolate all year round - you won't meet a soul for miles with the exception of the odd dog walker here and there. If you like to climb then Errigal, in the area of Dhun Luiche, has spectacular views on a good day. The only razzamataz you will find in these...

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  • The national park

    It would be very easy to declare the whole county of Donegal a national park. Superb views seem to follow you wherever you go. The national park - Derryveagh - is located west of Letterkenny. Much of it was in private hands as a hnting estate, but it is now managed along with the obligatory castle as a national park. I adore the fact that there is...

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  • Visit Gartan Lake and Glenveagh National...

    Stunning scenery and a wilderness not too far away from Letterkenny. There is some magnificent bird life around here, including herons, kingfishers and Ireland's only eagles. You can enjoy some outdoor pursuits at Gartan.

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  • Ards Forest Park

    Ards Park is nice wooded peninsula with several loop trails, a tranquil beach and several places of historical and archaeological interest. There are toilets at the car park as well as a children's play area. You can follow any of the several signposted paths to visit the various points of interest and scenic spots. Birdwatching is a popular...

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  • Magnificent Ring Fort: Grianan Ailligh

    This massive ring fort rests on a hill that was sacred to ancient people, and commands breathtaking views of Lough Swilly, Lough Foyle, and Counties Donegal, Derry and Tyrone. Archeologists expect it was built somewhere around the birth of Christ, and that prior to that it was a burial ground dating back to 3000 b.c. It served as the seat of the Ui...

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  • Doe Castle: A nice spot for a stronghold

    Doe Castle is a relatively simple fortification built on the edge of Sheephaven Bay in Creeslough, County Donegal. It's a wonderful, serene location and you will have access to a lot of the areas of the castle. You can walk along the battlements, and around the outer wall. Look for some curious carvings over the gate house. At the time of writing...

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  • St. Columba (the Dove of the church)

    Irish saint Columba or Columcille (521 or 543~597) was born at Gartan. He founded monastery in Kells, Derry and Isle of Iona(Scotland).

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  • Mount Errigal

    Mount Errigal is one of the highest mountains in the region, it's 752 m high. That doesn't sound too high, but trust me, when you are climbing it, it sure feels high! There is a parking place about 1km from Dunlewy. From there you can walk up to Errigal Mountain. It takes about 1,5 hours to walk up to the top, at some points it gets really, really...

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  • I love a good mountain

    Carrauntuohill, at 3414 ft high is the highest peak in Ireland. It is in the Macgillycuddy's Reeks. But, for sheer beauty the mountains of Donegal win on points for me.The costal scenery is as stunning as Antrim's, and is worth a visit to the county by itself, but the inland mountains are, if anything, more bewitching.Chief amongst them is Errigal,...

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  • Tory Island

    With a name like that you would think it was a rest home for retired conservative politicians. Not a bit of it, Tory Isalnd is like travelling back to the 1930's.The Island is situated 11 kilometres off the North West Coast of Ireland. The people of Ireland regard Tory Island as being the jewel in the crown of islands off the coast of Ireland.The...

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  • Wow - what a view

    Whilst not exactly short on impressive views, the one from horn head has to be one of the finest. Tory Island (see seperate tips) seems to look like a a postage stamp just off the shore.The wild scenery is now a nature reserve, although there are a number of neolithic remains and geographical features to explore. I missed most of these due to the...

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  • Dunlewy....two churches

    It would be difficult to think of a more spectacular location for a church - perched high over a lake with mountains behind. I recently attended a baptism (well nearly, we were late - sorry). Saying it is a deeply impressive setting really does fail to do it justice.You will also find another ruined church nearby, with an equally impressive perch -...

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  • Bunbeg harbour

    There is only one word for this bay - stunning.Ample walking and photography opportunities with the shipwreck in the centre of the sands forming a useful centerpiece. At Low tide you can easily walk out to the fishing boat wreck, which still has a rusty collection of winding gear and the like left on board. 'On board' is probably a little strong,...

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  • Horn Head

    This is a beautiful place! There is a parkingplace just below the hill. On top of the hill there is an old watchtower. You can walk up here. BUT don't stick around there!! The view is great, but you would miss all the fun! You should walk down on the other side of the hill again and you can walk along the 200 m high cliffs there! When the sun is...

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  • Cruit Island

    This amazing little place is so hard to find, and so hard to get to - but if you can manage it. WOW!Take the road from Dungloe to Kincasslough. Just past the Viking House Hotel (which used to be owned by Daniel O'Donnell) turn left for a sign that says "Cruit Island Golf Course". Follow the road for what only seems like 2-3miles, but might actually...

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  • Life's a Beach in Donegal

    Donegal has some of the nicest beaches in Ireland. Long bays with miles of sandy beaches and high sand dunes. Usually flanked by more rugged cliffs and hills. All along the coast of Donegal you will encounter spectacular beaches. Not ideal for swimming as the water temperature can be very cold except in july / august when its just cold ! Heed local...

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  • Slieve League

    The highest cliffs in Europe at around 800 feet are situated at Slieve League in Co Donegal. Forget the Cliffs of Moher if you want to expereince real cliffs then come here. In fact one of the scariest drive's you can imagine is the drive from the main road to the car park at the cliffs. At points the road overlooks a sheer drop of hundreds of feet...

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  • Horn Head

    The drive up to Horn Head in north West Donegal takes you out to a really scenic point overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. There is car park at the bottom of the hill and a short walk up to Horn Head itself. On tope there is an old lookout / watch tower that was used by the lifeguard and military in the past. On a clear summer's day this is just one of...

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  • Watch the sunset over the Atalantic...

    In the west of Ireland you can see really fantastic sunsets. It is a very calming experience to watch the last rays of the the sun set on Europe from the shores of Donegal. Here are some photos I took from our stay at Cinn Casla.

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  • Blue Stack mountains

    Just outside Donegal town on the road heading towards Killybegs you will find a scenic drive called the Blue Stack scenic drive (brown signs - these are tourist interest sign posts in Ireland). This drive takes you through some of the rugged landscape of Donegal and is absolutely beautiful on a clear day....on any kind of wet day forget it becasue...

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  • 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 close to each...

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  • Irelands most northernly point

    The most beautiful of all Irish counties has to be Donegal. No where is more spectactular than the town land of Malin Head, Irelands most Northernly hamlet. There is not much to see of major interest except the signal tower and the letters EIRE written in stone to let fighter planes in World War 2 know that there were in neutral terrority. All...

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  • Scenic routes at the northwest coast of...

    Generally you don’t do anything wrong if you drive along the coast, it’s almost always scenic there! A nice route is the coast at The Rosses where is also an airport. Even better is Bloody Foreland Head - the beaches, the sea and the waves are great! I’ve read that everything looks red there at sunset and that’s why it’s called like this....

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  • Donegal Town and castle

    The little town Donegal is found in the south of county Donegal, where river Eske flows into the Dongeal Bay. It has been the main seat of the O'Donnells who build Donegal Castle in the 15th century. The castle situated in the centre of the town and not really big. It’s mainly a tower house which has been restored so that you can visit three big...

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  • Glengesh Pass

    When driving the Glengesh pass, we suddenly had pretty good weather. Only for a moment, but at least we could enjoy the beautiful view on the valley of Ardara! The pass is found between the Slieve League cliffs and Ardara.

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  • Slieve League cliffs

    The Slieve League (Grey Mountain) cliffs are about 600 metres high and are said to be the highest in Europe. In any case they are higher than the famous Cliffs of Moher! As it was windy and raining much, we unfortunately haven’t seen too much of the cliffs, but they are impressive! I cannot say which cliffs are more spectacular, I liked both. The...

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  • Grianan of Aileach

    The Grianan of Aileach is a 2000 year old stone fort on top of a hill, near a town called Burt. The views from here are amazing, across loughs to the sea and mountains.Even better is that it is free to get in, and when we went we were the only people there!It is truely a magical place - don't miss it.

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  • Rosguill Peninsula

    The Rosguill Peninsula is renowned as being the most beautiful peninsula in County Donegal.To see this spectacular scenery, you can drive around the 15km Atlantic Drive.The drive commences from just outside the small town of Carrigart, just follow the signs.It is a slow drive, on a narrow road that winds around the peninsula, offering one amazing...

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  • Dolmen

    The Kilclooney Dolmen.Two Dolmen originally stood in this area, but one has collapsed through time.

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  • Famine Village on Doagh Island

    The Doagh Visitor Centre tells about life on Inishowen in the 1800s and 1900s. Old houses have been restored, complete with thatched roofs, and a guide will tell you how people lived in these houses. Some of them have been inhabited until as late as 1983. Wax figures depict the scene of a wake in another house, and we learned such interesting...

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  • Malin Head

    Malin Head is Ireland’s most northerly point at the far end of the Inishowen Peninsula. At a place called “Banba’s Crown” you can look down onto the head itself. Banba’s Crown is marked by an old ruined tower which is not accessible anymore. It is a great feeling to know you are standing at the very far end of Ireland with the ocean stretching out...

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  • Gap of Mamore

    On the way from Malin Head to Buncrana we took the road along the coast which brought us through the Gap of Mamore. When we approached the gap and could see the road zigzagging steeply up into the mountains I started to get a bit worried (being the driver). But my little car dutifully struggled up the mountain, even if in first gear for most of the...

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  • Glenveagh National Park

    The two most recognisable landmarks in Glenveagh National Park are the quartz cone of Mount Errigal (at 752m Donegal’s highest mountain) and Muckish Mountain with its very distinctive square shape.The Park is very well signposted from Letterkenny and the visitor centre is at the start of the park. Here you can buy tickets for a tour of the castle...

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  • Bloody Foreland

    One place I would have loved to spend more time in was the area called “Bloody Foreland” which is the coastal area north of Bunbeg. Allegedly this is where you can see the most spectacular sunsets in Ireland, making the coast glow red in the evenings. Unfortunately it was cloudy on the night that we stayed there and we missed out on the sunset. The...

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  • Grianan of Ailigh

    With my fascination for any kind of old stones I had of course to stop at the Grianan Ailigh near Letterkenny. The Grianan is an ancient stone ringfort dating back to around 1700 BC. It is a rather steep walk up the hill, but you can also drive up with the car – the gate at the bottom of the hill is open from 10am – 7pm in summer and 12am – 5pm in...

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  • Inishowen Peninsula

    The Inishowen Peninsula is the northernmost peninsula of Ireland. The northern tip, Malin Head, is in fact further north than the northernmost part of Northern Ireland - go figure.Anyway, there are loads of spectacular places to visit in Donegal but I would strongly recommend the Inishowen Peninsula. At the very tip you can get nice accomodation...

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