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THINGS TO DO IN DONEGAL

If you’ve ever wondered where to find the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet’, look no further than Donegal, the remote, sparsely-populated Irish county was awarded this coveted title by National Geographic Traveller for 2017.

While the name may conjure images of Europe’s highest sea cliffs at Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) or Cionn Fhánada's (Fanad Head) iconic lighthouse, lesser-known gems also pepper the landscape and they’re what make this region truly shine. All along County Donegal’s sea lough-pocked Wild Atlantic Way coastline - from windswept Horn Head jutting defiantly into Sheephaven Bay to the alluring Blue Flag surfing beach at Rossnowlagh in the south - you’ll find places to visit and things to see and do that will stir the soul and arouse the senses.

Making up the entirety of the Wild Atlantic Way’s Northern Headlands region and capping the northern reaches of the exhilarating Surf Coast, Donegal is where you’ll find the longest mainland shoreline in the country, along with Ireland’s largest Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) area, its most northerly point (at Malin Head) and a proud sense of community inspired by the wild, virtually unexplored terrain at its doorstep. From Glenveagh National Park to the unmatched sight of the aurora borealis shimmering on a winter’s night, exploring Donegal is a great way to find solitude and surprises in equal, unforgettable measure.

10 Things to do in Donegal

From the windswept, wave-hewn coastline of the Northern Headlands to the uppermost expanses of the action-packed Surf Coast, County Donegal is truly a wild wonder.

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Splendour in the Sand

Once voted the second most beautiful beach in the world by the Observer, Ballymastocker Strand is Blue Flag beauty on Fanad Peninsula. Stretching from Portsalon Pier to Magherawarden, it boasts thrilling history, teeming wildlife and unbeatable views of the Inishowen Peninsula.

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A Diamond in the Rough

In the south of the county, where the River Eske meets shimmering Donegal Bay, lies lively Donegal Town. A popular hub in the shadow of the Blue Stack Mountains, here you’ll find attractions like Donegal Castle and the Church of Ireland, plus music and culture in spades.

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Holidays & Breaks

Find the perfect plan for your delightful Donegal getaway.

Wild Sea & Sky:
2-Day Break
Northwest Wanderings:
3-Day Break
Find True North:
5-Day Break
Signature Points

Don't forget to visit these must-see Donegal spots.

Cionn Fhánada
OUT ON THE EDGE
Malin Head
SCULPTED BY THE SEA
Sliabh Liag
TOWERING VISTAS
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