Donegal is Ireland's north-western most county. Donegal offers a beautiful coastline, mountain views, and offers a truly Irish experience. With a number of ancient castles, national parks, monuments, gardens and attractions, Donegal is full of natural beauty. Donegal is the ideal weekend getaway, but also provides more than enough sights for longer visits.
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Donegal is a region of Northern Ireland bordering the Atlantic Ocean. It's a county of extremes and suprises. The Irish language is stil largely spoken in Gaeltacht areas, evidenced by road signs as Gaeilge (in Irish). The landscape is stunningly beautiful. Here you will see mythical castles, rugged coastline, mountains sweep into valley below, bleak and beautiful bogland, forests, lakes and green landscape beyond compare. It's remote setting makes it unspoilt, uncrowded and welcoming. Find yourself in this land and you will never be short of things to do in Donegal.
The Cliffs of Moher get all the limelight, but in my opinion the Cliffs of Slieve League are way more impressive. The cliffs are higher in fact, and rank among the highest in Europe, at almost 600 metres above sea level. That's almost three times the height of their more famous sister cliffs in Clare. Couple that with the unspoilt, less commercial nature of the cliffs, and you should definitely put this on your list of things to do in Donegal. Worth it alone for the white knuckle drive up the montain.
Donegal gets surf too you know! In fact, while nearby Sligo and Clare both compete for the mantle of Ireland's best surf spot, Donegal is home to the biggest and best wave in Ireland. A mile off the Donegal Coast lies Mullaghmore, considered one of the biggest waves in the world. Donegal has surf schools in Bundoran, Dunfanaghy and Rossnowlagh, where they'll have you catching waves in no time. And not to forget Donegal is home of the Sea Session Music Festival. Put this on your list of things to do in Donegal.
The Northern Lights are one of the wonders of the world. They can only be seen from a relatively few places on Earth, and Donegal happens to offer some of the best views. Inishowen, Dunaff, Mamore Gap and Malin Head are some of the best spots to see the Northern Lights.
Take a drive through the spectacular Glengesh Pass and it's white knuckle ride roads. Donegal roads can be small, windy and full of potholes. More donkey than Daihatsu. Couple that with treacherous cliffs and inclement weather, and you get a hair raising adventure amongst natural beauty at its finest. YourDaysOut.ie recommends a trip to Inishowen, Barnesmore Gap and the Blue Stack Mountains for some of the most stunning scenery. Put this on your list of things to do in Donegal.
Take a cycle across the Gap of Mamore. It's a perfect way to spend the day. Work up a hunger and then take a picnic on the beautiful beach below. Along the way you might like to take in the Folk Village of Glencolmcille. If you still have energy left, strap on your hiking boots and head for the Ards Forest Park and it's stunning views that will leave you breathless.
A list of things to do in Donegal would not be complete without a hat tip to the variety of food and drink available. Donegal has some of the best restaurants and pubs in Ireland. From Michelin stars to sawdust on the floor sheds, Donegal has it all. Don't be suprised to see a trad session spring out of nowhere.