Complete Guide to County Donegal

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Donegal sits proudly in the northwestern corner of Ireland, a county of remarkable landscapes, rugged coastline and rich culture. County Donegal faces into the wildest part of the Atlantic and its natural beauty draws people back again and again. Despite its slightly remote location, or perhaps because of it, the Donegal people are some of the warmest and most welcoming on the island of Ireland. Visit the start of the Wild Atlantic Way at Malin Head, the soaring sea cliffs of Slieve League, the beauty of Glenveagh National Park and the beach at Rossnowlagh. Now I’m giving away all my secrets!

Culturally, Donegal is a stronghold of traditional Irish life. Many Donegal people carry the Irish language and traditions like GAA or music close to their hearts. For the visitor, you’ll be able to witness Ireland’s heritage firsthand, from a lively traditional music session in a pub to the tweed fabrics made in this county. Donegal is well set-up for visitors, with places to stay, eat and things to do.


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Places to visit in County Donegal

Glenevin Waterfall

Located in Clonmany, County Donegal

Follow a short uphill hike on gravel pathways to a wedge-shaped mountain cascade. Great stop for a picnic (new designated areas).

Gap of Mamore

Located in the Urris Hills, County Donegal

Just 8 kilometres from Glenevin Waterfall is a stunning viewpoint for a panorama. You’ll drive up some hairpin bends to get here, but the views are worth it!

Grianan of Aileach

Located in Inishowen, County Donegal

Ancient fort dating back to 1700BC and the peoples before the Celts! Stunning views across Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly on a fine day from a very unique structure.

Accommodation Choices

Here’s a list of the top accommodation near the Inishowen Peninsula.

Donegal & Derry

Top-Rated, Value

White Strand B&B

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