More About Donegal
Celtic culture and nature unite to create an enthralling place of music, beauty and art in the Irish county of Donegal. The dramatic coastline provides sandy beaches with warm seas for swimming, surfing and paddling, whilst further inland flawless countryside astounds visitors year-round. The misty hills and quaint villages of Donegal are home to many other places of interest which will enthral and delight you. There are many attractions that can be enjoyed whilst staying at holiday cottages in Donegal, including the mighty Donegal Castle which was built in 1471 and the epic Ardnamona Gardens, a National Heritage garden with a vast variety of flora . In the towns shoppers can buy locally produced crafts including jewellery, sculpture and glass-blowing from the Donegal Craft Village. Meanwhile keen golfers who are staying in Donegal cottages can work on their handicap at the county’s excellent golf club. Donegal holiday cottages are a great way to capture the magic of this region.
Donegal is an isolated enclave in the very north of Ireland famous for its sandy beaches, towering sea cliffs, vast lakes, rugged mountains and Gaelic culture. The county is blessed with huge expanses of unspoilt countryside, at the heart of which lies the stunning Glenveagh National Park. The landscape makes the county ideal for seaside holidaymakers and ecotourists alike. The towns and villages provide a great base camp for exploring the county as well as its rich culture, with the widespread use of the Irish language truly making you feel like you are in a foreign land.
Things to Do in Donegal
Donegal’s coast boasts some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe and many of Ireland’s best beaches, providing the perfect backdrop for spending a relaxing day wandering along a cliff-top footpath or lounging in the sun. On the southwest coast are the Sliabh League cliffs that plunge 600 metres into the crashing waves below, while the picturesque Banba's Crown on Malin Head is the most northerly point of the Irish mainland. The pristine Rossnowlagh beach, also in the southwest, is among the county’s most popular, where you can try your hand at surfing, diving and other water sports. The Glenveagh National Park encompasses some 170 sq km around Lough Veagh and is a great setting for hiking, biking and wildlife spotting. A good place for you to start exploring is Glenveagh Castle, which has a visitor centre with interactive displays about the park. If you’re looking for more difficult trails, the Derryveagh Mountains in the north and the Bluestack Mountains in the south should satisfy.
We want you to enjoy the best that Donegal has to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;
Why not take a visit to Donegal as an opportunity to learn a bit of the local language. The county is a popular destination during the summer for students from across Ireland to come and learn the Irish language and cultural traditions. There are courses available that will teach you enough so that you can converse comfortably with local people and be able to read the street signs.
Sliabh League cliffs
The Sliabh League cliffs are Ireland's highest sea cliffs, a 600-metre mountain on the Atlantic coast. The mountain top offers incredible views out across the ocean and terrifying views down to the waves below. The ridge can be traversed along a narrow path that is among the most remarkable walks in Ireland.
The highest peak in Donegal, Mount Errigal is part of the Derryveagh Mountains that dominate the landscape in the north of the county. The summit is 751 metres above sea level and the route up is a challenging but comfortable climb. From the summit you have panoramic views of the other peaks in the mountain range as well as the valleys below.
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