County Donegal Travel Guide

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

    Donegal Things to Do

    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...

  • Harvey's Point

    Donegal Hotels

    Lough Eske, Donegal, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • 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...


Tory Island

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  • The only bar on Tory

    Tory Island Nightlife

    This is an add-on to Sourbuggar's Tory page on nightlife - I've just found this picture when rummaging through old photo's and thought that all (one or two!) of you reading these pages might like to see where Sourbuggar stayed up dancing til late into the morning! This is the one and only bar on Tory - make of it what you will - the rest is up to...

  • Cycle around the island

    Tory Island Things to Do

    Because we couldn't get accommodation at the last minute we only spent a day on Tory - much to my regret. After being met from the ferry by the King of Tory (I kid you not), we hired bikes and cycled around the island taking in as much as we could in that short time. I won't go into any details as Sourbugger has covered most things on his page...

  • Steep cliffs - don't fall over one!

    Tory Island Warnings and Dangers

    If you get off the jetty, turn right and keep going you will eventually come to a narrow strip of land separating two beaches at the northern end of the island. Beware! The cliff to the left (which you may well not see) is a sheer drop with no warning and no fencing. We were on bicycles and could easily have gone over the edge. That said, it is...



See all 4 Killybegs Tips
  • Europe's highest sea clifts

    Killybegs Things to Do

    Using Killybegs as a base a trip out to Sliabh Liag, Europe's highest sea clifts is a must. Drive west from Killybegs to Carrick, turn left in the village of Carrick and follow signs to Bun Glass. There is a coffee shop with art gallery on the route which signals the ascent up the mountain. Believe it or not there is a car park further on up. Be...

  • Greene's Holiday Hostel

    Killybegs Hotels

    Carnmore Road, Dungloe, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

  • Beaches

    Killybegs Off The Beaten Path

    As you take the road west away from Killybegs, you should see small signs near small roads that lead down to the beach. I suggest taking one down and seeing who's there. There are quite a few, and your chances are good that you could come across a beach with only you on it. I found a great little one where the breeze was pleasant for kicking back...



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  • Kayaking

    Falcarragh Things to Do

    if you are looking for a fun beginners kayaking session you will have to check out kayaking on Killult bay. Look around the shops for posters advertising it or check our Kittys kayaks on facebook. Its only available in the summer but its in a lovely location with views of Errigal mountain in the background. If you are there when they do the sunset...

  • Surfing

    Falcarragh Things to Do

    For those of you who can bare the cold waters and love uninhabited waves then this is the spot for you. Loads of surf spots here for beginners to the unafraid. Check out Bloody foreland for fantastic reef breaks and amazing views. The 'Backstrand' as it is known locally, a mile outside falcarragh village can also provide tempting But if the wind...

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    by DAO Written May 3, 2013

    Sadly this once proud and fantastic store is now closed!
    I found this wonderful and eccentric shop by accident when I drove over the river bridge from the other side of the border. The owner, Eamon Martin, was very nice to me and the staff were very helpful. Unfortunately I waited too long to write this tip. His store was a bit run down in terms of decoration, but it was a massive treasure trove of wonderful gifts, fine china, great T-shirts and some absolute junk with some Irish motifs. I bought some great Christmas decorations made of china for a very good price and quite a bit of Guinness branded things. I put 2 massive bags of gifts in my car and sorted out half of my Christmas shopping in 1 hour.

    Sadly Mr. Martin has been involved in a 46 year legal battle over planning permission and the judge ordered him to shut.

    46 years!

    Sadly it is even worse. It actually involves the building NEXT DOOR.

    Mr. Martin ran the oldest business in Lifford - 7 days a week - for 46 years. He only closed the shop for Christmas each year. This great institution was once shortlisted in the title to be named Ireland’s finest souvenir store.

    What a shame. I am glad I had a chance to shop here and meet Mr. Martin when I did.


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  • Bunbeg Harbour

    Bunbeg Transportation

    You can get to Tory Island from Bunbeg harbour and there are boats travelling there all year round as well as to a few other little islands off of the coast.

  • Seaview Hotel

    Bunbeg Hotels

    Main Road, Bunbeg, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

  • Lough Gartan

    Bunbeg Things to Do

    We visited here from the Glenveagh park, its really scenic and we were both so impressed!St.Columba was born into a royal family here back in 521ad, you will pass his birthplace if you take the route which we did from the park, it is marked by a huge cross.



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    by DAO Updated Oct 25, 2012

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    Londonderry or Derry? As you approach a city with seemingly 2 names – you will see small sample of the battles south of the border even here. There are many signs on the motorways (highways) and roads across Northern Ireland trying to tell you the direction and/or how many miles to drive to arrive at the second largest city in Northern Ireland (and the 4th largest city on the Irish Island). Here in Muff you will see signs in kilometres for the city in either Gaelic (Doire) of both Gaelic and English (Derry). And even an old road sign from before Irish independence in 1919 shows the official name of Londonderry. And just to show you the debate that still continues - you can see where paint has been put on the 'London' part of the sign. And removed - partially.

    If you are Catholic – you will call the city ‘Derry’. If you are Protestant (over the border) you will call it ‘Londonderry’. As I was driving along on BOTH sides of the border I saw most road signs with the LONDON part spray painted out. Even just when it said L’Derry – the ‘L’ was painted out. Fair play to vandals of a Protestant background. I saw a few signs where DERRY was painted out and I seemed to be driving toward London itself.

    And then there were the ultimate signs- both names painted out across the border. Both names painted out.

    The battle of Nowhere won!

    At least, given the death and pain, today the battle are with a spray can of paint, not an assault rifle in a crowd of civilians.

    If you would like some history – here it is!

    The official name of the city is Londonderry. Originally it was a village called Doire meaning ‘oak wood’ or ‘oak grove’ in Gaelic. In 1613, King James I granted the now city a Royal Charter and added ‘London’ when all of Ireland was part of an English, later United Kingdom. Interestingly the County Londonderry in which it resides in existed with the full name first. The County was created (there was never a ‘County Derry’) in reference to the London Livery Companies of the Irish Society. This was a venture that pioneered the colonisation of Northern Ireland.

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  • St. Connell Heritage Center

    Glenties Things to Do

    Glenties' Heritage center is named after St. Connell Caol who, in the 6th Century founded a monastic settlement on Inniskeel Island, north of Portnoo near Glenties. The museum includes prison cells of the late 19th century courthouse and has many artifacts pertaining to the famine in South West Donegal. The museum is open throughout the year and...

  • Blue Stack Mountains

    Glenties Things to Do

    The Bluestack Mountains (Na Cruacha Gorma in Irish) are the major mountain range in the south of County Donegal east of Glenties. The Bluestack Mountains are a rugged mountain range with peaks in excess of 600m and in parts are quite remote.A Walking festival is held in October. North West Walking Guides provide guided tours all year round....

  • Best Restaurant in Town

    Glenties Restaurants

    What can I say, everything we ate was wonderful. If you plan to eat in Glenties, do yourself a treat and eat at the Highland Hotel. It has a comfortable Irish Country feel with comfortable chairs. The server was friendly and brought our food and drinks with a smile.



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  • tasty food

    Buncrana Restaurants

    i love this little restaurant/coffee house.. Its on the main st. in buncrana. they do breakfasts, lunch, dinner , i mean its good tasty food at a great price . Friendly staff ! oh! my favouite dish has to be the taco wrap! yeah its chicken and bacon with melted cheese and taco sauce wrapped in a wrap!!

  • Inishowen Gateway

    Buncrana Hotels

    Railway Road, Buncrana, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Cahir O Doherty's Keep

    Buncrana Things to Do

    While walking towards Cahir O Doherty's Keep my aunt standing for a moment to rest and i took the pic ;-)



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  • A Great Shopping Experience

    Letterkenny Shopping

    A great retail experience. Letterkenny Shopping Centre is convenient to the town center which has a variety of other shops. In the centre, many unusual boutiques are located under the one roof along with big names in Irish retail like Tesco and Penneys. It also holds mobile phone shops Meteor 3 and the Carphone Warehouse, along with the video...

  • Silver Tassie Hotel

    Letterkenny Hotels

    Ramelton Road, Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Rathmullan

    Letterkenny Off The Beaten Path

    Rathmullan is a really peaceful village about a 20 minute drive from Letterkenny. It's got real character and a lot of history; there's an old Abbey where Red Hugh O'Donnell was educated, a battery dating back to the Napoleonic wars and it was the site of the Flight of the Earls in 1607. Of course it also has a beautiful beach with wooded walks...



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    by SurfaceTravel Updated Sep 5, 2006

    This is a small spinners and handweavers shop on the main road in Kilcar. You can go upstairs to see the handweavers at work on their old looms.

    From their web site:

    "Our design concept is to produce goods that are made using the traditional skills of our handweavers and garment makers to create casual wear, headwear, scarves and throws in pure new wool or other natural fibres that are contemporary in design, luxurious in texture, rich in colour and traditional in quality."

    What to buy: - over shirts and jackets
    - throws and bedspreads
    - mens hats and caps
    - some designer hats for women
    - scarves
    - jackets and coats
    - Donegal cape and 151 jacket

    What to pay: The prices are not cheap, but the quality is good.

    Handweavers upstairs at Studio Donegal
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