If you are setting out on a drive around one of the peninsulas or really anywhere off the main highways, be sure to fill up your tank before setting off. As we drove around the ______ peninsula, we really didn't think about it, surely the larger towns would have petrol stations. I'm sure they do, they are just not necessarily where you think they should be.
We had about 1/4 of a tank left so we weren't in imminent peril but it was starting to make me a little nervous as dusk was approaching and our rule was not to drive past dark unless on a highway. We found a lovely chap who had us follow him to the nearest station, never in a million years would we have found it on our own.
When driving in Donegal you can trust the roadsigns most of the time, but always trust your senses more.
Some roadsigns point in a totally wrong direction. For example, if you are in Dunfanaghy and want to go to Horn Head, the sign at the crossroads will actually lead you towards Falcarragh!
"Pesty kids", a local guy told us, "these pesty kids turn the signs to point the wrong way!" He showed us how to get to our destination, and actually drove with us most of the way! He later admitted that he used to be one of those "pesty kids" when he was little, so he knows what he's talking about...
This tip doesn't only tell you not to trust the roadsigns. It also tells you to trust the people you come across, and to let them help you: they are so friendly and always ready to help!
The Irish equivalent of Cliff Richard hails from these parts, and still lives here.
Donegal has a well deserved reputation for authentic Celtic music. Unfortunately it's two biggest exports are :
1) Daniel O'Donell : the dreary, housewives' favourite crooning his way through yet more sentimental, tear-jerking codswallop.
2) Enya : piles of melodic leg-over music.
Your welcome to both of then, thank-you very much.
When driving on Irish roads particularly in Donegal you will encounter sheep straying across the road .....so slow down as you approach them. For the most part they just sit at the side of the road and watch you but if they get startled they are likey to run straight out in front of you
You will be in for a very rocky ride travelling on Donegal’s roads. They are some of the worst that I have come across in Ireland. The road from the Glenveagh Visitor Centre to Dunlewey at the foot of Mount Errigal was particularly bad, and even at 30 miles an hour we were bumping up and down in the car. The locals must have fitted their cars with special shock absorbers and be immune against motion sickness as they were flying past us at an amazing speed, probably being annoyed about these tourists that crawl along like snails.
Also, to make things more exciting for the visitor, signposts sometimes are somewhat askew and do not clearly point down one road or another, but rather somewhere in the middle. We always rather trusted our maps than the signposts and more often than not we were right. Moreover, in the Irish speaking Gaeltacht all signposts are in Gaelic and if your map only shows the English place names you can only hazard a guess as to where you are. And as this guy here might be the only living thing you’ll meet for miles (apart from the omni-present sheep) make sure you are not getting lost!
A road traffic jam is sometimes generated by the movement of the
livestocks in the minor road of the countryside.
The driving in carefulness!
The Sandrock Hostel at Malin Head is by far the best hostel I have stayed in so far. It is located...more
Lough Eske, Donegal, Ireland
Good for: Solo
Derry Road, Ludden, Buncrana, Ireland
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