Donegal Donegal, in Irish Contae Dhun na nGall, boasts wild landscapes covered in bog and heather with isolated white sandy beaches and a jagged coastline. A friendly welcome awaits with thriving little towns and streets. Donegal is the perfect place to kick back and admire the view. Some places to visit include: Glenveagh National Park Set in 16,500 hectares of County Donegal mountains, lakes, glens and woods, with a large herd of red deer, Glenveagh Castle is a 19th century, castellated mansion. It was built between 1867 and 1873. Flight of the Earl’s Heritage Centre In 1607 the Earls of Ulster departed Ireland from Rathmullan in an event known as 'The Flight of the Earls'. To explain this event, is The Heritage Centre, in Rathmullan County Donegal. Kilcooney Dolmen The Kilclooney Dolmen is a very fine portal-tome or dolmen. The Dolmen is prominent on the skyline 6.5km north-north-west of Ardara in County Donegal. Grianan Dolmen Grianan of Aileach is most probably the best known monument in Inishowen, County Donegal. Situated on a hilltop 250m above sea level the view from the stone fort of Aileach is both beautiful and breathtaking. Bundoran Blue Flag Beach Award winning Blue Flag Beach. The Blue Flag for Beaches, is only valid during the bathing season.This runs from June until the end of August. Mailn Head At the top of the Inishowen Peninsula, is Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head. It is not just Ireland’s most northerly point, it is also an area of great scenic beauty and of historical, scientific and ecological importance. Colmcille Heritage Centre Here is a unique display of the life and times of St Colmcille. The Colmcille Heritage Centre is situated on a very scenic lakeside site with walks along the beautiful lakeside, which is 15km northwest of Letterkenny County Donegal. Buncrana At the economic heart of the Inishowen Peninsula, lies the principal town of Buncrana which in Irish is Bun Cranncha means “foot of the River Crana”. Here through a wide variety of culture, amenities and outdoor activities Buncrana is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Northwest. This is largely due to its proximity to Derry and its well-developed tourist facilities.
When visiting Buncrana, there is so much to see and do - from quiet walks along the miles of unspoiled sandy beaches or the tranquil green hillsides. Here, visitors can experience the adrenaline rush of surfing or kayaking along the stunning coast. Whatever the pace everything’s here in Buncrana. Places to visit and activities: Fort Dunree Military Museum, Inishowen Genealogy Centre and Buncrana Coastal Walk. Donegal Town Donegal Town in Irish means “Fort of the Foreigners” and is located just at the point where the River Eske flows into Donegal Bay. Today, Donegal Town is very popular with tourists and is the perfect base from which to explore and see the south and west of the country. Places to visit: Donegal Castle, Four Masters Memorial and Donegal Railway Heritage Centre. Letterkenny In Irish: Leitir Ceanainn meaning “Hillside of the O’Cannons”, is located on the River Swilly. It is Donegal’s largest town and also forms the major economic core in the North West. Letterkenny is approximately 150km from Belfast and 25km from Derry. Places of interest: Glenveagh Castle Gardens, Donegal County Museum and Colmcille Heritage Centre.