Featuring a diverse landscape of untouched beaches, fertile valleys and rugged mountains, Donegal presents a spectacular backdrop against one of Ireland’s most historic counties. Whether you’re looking to hang ten at Ireland’s premier surf spots or contemplate prehistoric monuments, Donegal is an enchanting destination.
Things to do in Donegal
Deep within Glenveagh National Park, one of six national parks in Ireland, lies Glenveagh Castle. Although it was built in the 19th-century, the castle was constructed in homage to Victorian mountain retreats and boasts an Irish tower that lends the structure an air of antiquity. Don’t miss the tearoom in the castle courtyard, where you can enjoy homemade scones, cakes and soups while relaxing in a manicured garden.
Uncover the mysteries of the Beltany Stone Circle. Built between 1400-800 BC, the nature of this enigmatic arrangement of 64 stones remains a mystery. Contemplate its creation while appreciating beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and sheep.
Wander off the beaten track with a walk around Gola Island. Uninhabited since the 1960s, it still boasts evidence of the stone cottages that once housed its last inhabitants. Now a haven for artists, photographers, birdwatchers and rock climbers, Gola’s sandy beaches and stark cliffs provide an otherworldly experience.
A trip to Donegal isn’t complete without witnessing the dramatic cliffs of Slieve League. This well-kept secret of the Wild Atlantic Way is nearly three times higher than their famous counterpart, the Cliffs of Moher.
Getting around Donegal
Donegal Town is small and walkable. Local ferry services provide connections to islands around the town. Taxis and hire cars are available for exploring Donegal’s hidden gems.