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Donegal

Home to some of Irelands most beautiful beaches and stunning scenery that will take your breath away. Ireland’s ‘Forgotten County’ is a place to experience. Dominated by a rugged coastline it has come to be a key feature of the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ popularised by the Irish Tourism Board.

With a rich history, from the seat of the mighty O’Donnell dynasty (Clann Ó Domhnaill) and a strong sense of culture there are many historical sites to see. From the Bronze age Beltany stone circle (2100-700 BC), to the 6th century ringfort Grianán of Aileach, to the 19th Century Glenveagh Castle.

In the Donegal Gaeltacht there towns which contain some of the highest percentages of Irish speakers in Ireland. In some towns as much as 70% of the residents speak Irish on a daily basis.1

What to See

Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh Castle

Errigal

Donegal Castle

Donegal Railway Heritage Centre

Lough Eske

Abbey of Donegal

Slieve League Cliffs

One of the highest sea-facing cliffs in Europe (almost three times higher than the Cliffs of Moher). Depending on the weather, from here there is an incredible view point into Donegal Bay and the Sligo Mountains. It has been a site of Christian Pilgrimage since Christianity came to Ireland, and there are stories of monks travelling from here to Iceland.

The River Bank Walk, Donegal Town

Tory Island

Doagh Famine Village

Fanad

Donegal Castle

Silver Strand

Col Glengesh

Cruit Island

Maghera Beach and Caves

Maghera beach is beautiful: soft white sand and turquoise sea.

References

  1. ‘There is no need for me to ever speak English at home’: The town with the highest percentage of Irish speakers https://www.thejournal.ie/town-with-highest-percentage-of-irish-speakers-5719111-Apr2022/