Lose yourself in some of the finest scenery Ireland has to offer.
If you long to get away from it all, then Donegal is the perfect spot. With soaring sea cliffs that plummet 300 meters, deserted white sandy beaches, jaw-dropping landscapes, excellent seafood and quiet cozy pubs, Donegal forces you to sit back, slow down and admire the view.
Whether you want to opt for long rambling walks over rugged terrain, laze around on a scenic beach, or explore an ancient site, this spectacular county in Ireland’s North West corner is hard to beat.
A holiday in Donegal is always fun. County Donegal has loads to do and see for all the family. A golfers paradise, a surfer’s dream, walking, cycling and angling are all on offer in Ireland’s adventure capital. Keep the kids happy and entertained all holiday long in County Donegal!
For a totally unique Irish experience, immerse yourself in the local arts and culture. Donegal boasts world-class festivals and events, great art galleries, theatre, performing arts and Ireland’s largest Gaeltacht area. Culture buffs will be completely satisfied with a trip to County Donegal.
Take yourself away and explore Donegal’s hidden treasures along its six fabulous touring routes. Experience Irish Culture at its best along the Wild Atlantic Way and take time to share a story or two with the locals while you are at it. Every day is a journey in County Donegal.
It goes without saying, but County Donegal is one of the most historic County’s in Ireland. With many well-preserved national monuments from the time of Colmcille and Castle’s that were once strongholds to the country’s most famous clans like the O’Donnell’s and Gallagher’s.
Donegal is home to 16 major salmon and sea trout fisheries with countless smaller wild game fisheries. Donegal has plenty of specialist operators offering first-class experiences on fully equipped modern charter boats. From flatfish on quiet beaches to shark hunting aboard specialist vessels.
Revel in the beauty of a constantly changing landscape and enjoy unhindered access to Atlantic beaches, mountains, forest trails and lake shores. Check out Donegal’s A.I.R.E. accredited Equestrian Centres.
Donegal is a County blessed with such a diverse range of public and private parks and gardens. From Coastal gardens with spectacular Atlantic views to forest parks with fantastic walking and biking trails. Click here to find out more about Donegal’s Parks and Gardens.
Inishbofin Island or Inis Bó Finne is situated about 2.5 km off the coast of North West Donegal. An Irish speaking Island, it is the largest of three Islands between Machaire Uí Robhartaigh Pier and the more famous Tory Island. The island is approximately 1.2km wide and 2km long with a small seasonal population of about 50 people.
Gola Island, or in Gaelic Gabhla, is the ideal destination for a walker seeking an ‘off the beaten track’ walk. Gola Island, less than 2km from the mainland at Gaoth Dobhair (Gweedore), has been uninhabited since the 1960’s. Evidence of the Island’s heritage remains, though, in the form of stone cottages of families who have long since moved to the mainland. The launching of a regular ferry service and the growing interest in ecology and cliff climbing is bringing back new life to the Island. Ferries now leave from Magheragallan (Machaire Gathlan) County Donegal. Gola Island is a haven for artists, birdwatchers, photographers, walkers and rock climbers. Near the Island’s lake, bird life abounds; cormorants, razorbills, guillemots as well as gannets and kittiwakes can be admired. Towering cliffs provide some of Europe’s finest challenges for rock climbers, on immaculate granite with amazing friction. With long sandy beaches, gorgeous oceanic scenery and an abundance of angling opportunities, the visitor to this island is guaranteed a unique and memorable experience. Gola can be explored in a few hours over easy walking terrain. Once on the Island it is difficult to comprehend that you are just a short distance from mainland Donegal, one feels a world away.
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