17 Donegal Map.pdf
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17 Donegal Area Map.pdf
Donegal Town Map & Tourist Information

Donegal

Cosseted in Ireland’s far northwest corner, Donegal is a county of contrasts and a holidaymaker’s paradise. With deserted sandy beaches, rugged mountains, challenging golf courses, big surf & a vibrant Gaeltacht region, your action and relaxation choices are endless.


Donegal has many relics to remind people of their proud heritage. The town is set in a valley girdled by Bluestack Mountains & Donegal Bay. Remains of several earthen forts can be seen when overlooking the town. There is a record of an early Danish fortress being destroyed in the town by Murtagh Mac Lochlainn, High King of Ireland in 1159. The O’Donnell castle in the town was built by the first Red Hugh and his wife Lady Nuala. They also brought the Franciscan Monks to Donegal. The Abbey was built in the same year - 1474.


Donegal Town is situated in the North West of Ireland in Co. Donegal. It is 200km from Galway City, 230km from Dublin & 175km from Belfast.


Take the N3 from Dublin. Take the N17 from Galway. Take the N15 from Sligo. Take the N13 from Derry.

By bus: Bus Éireann - No. 30 from Dublin, Cavan & Enniskillen. From Galway, Sligo & Derry it’s No. 64.

Feda O’Donnell Coaches go from Galway & Sligo.

Donegal Railway Museum

Includes historical presentations, artefacts & a shop dedicated to reawakening interest in

Donegal’s railway history. Tel: (074) 9722655.

Open all year.  Mon - Fri: 10am -5pm, July & Aug Sat & Sun: 2pm - 5pm. Admission: Adults - €3

Child - €2. Family - €10.

Group rates available.


Donegal Craft Village

Reputedly the best collective of contemporary art,craft & design in Ireland.

Tel: (074) 9725928. Open all year. Free Admission

Donegal Abbey

Overlooking Donegal Bay, Donegal Abbey was erected in 1474 for the Franciscan Friars by Red Hugh O’Donnell and his wife Nuala. It prospered for over 150 years & produced one of Ireland’s most important records of history - The Annals of the Four Masters. Open all year. Free admission

Statue of Red Hugh O Donnell

Located on the pier, this statue was erected in 2007 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the “Flight of the Earls“.


Children’s Playground

Located near the Donegal Railway Museum, this playground is equipped with safe, brightly coloured amusements.


Magee’s of Donegal

World famous for their hand-woven heritage, they stock a range of beautiful tailored garments. Visitors to their store can watch a traditional hand weaver at work by appointment only.

Open: All year  Mon-Sat 9.30am-6.00pm.

Tel: 074 9722660

Napoleonic Anchor

Located on Quay Streer this anchor belonged to a French ship, the Romaine, which moored here in 1798. The anchor lay under water until the early 1850’s when it was moved and placed on the Quay.

The Obelisk

This monument in the town centre was erected in the late 1930’s to commemorate the Four Masters - the four Franciscan Friars who wrote the Annals of the Four Masters.

The Wild Atlantic Gallery features Gifts and Paintings from Local Artist Breege Haughey. The natural beauty of Donegal is a major influence for Breege. Mark your visit to Donegal t own with unique cards or prints available from the Gallery, open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm

Walking
The 2km Bank Walk along Donegal Bay is an easy start for walkers. For more experienced walkers, there is 65km the Bluestack Way.

Fintown Railway
Donegal’s only operational narrow gauge railway. This unique journey is a three-mile return trip along the shores of Lough Finn.  Tel: 074 9546280.


Sliabh Liag  (Slieve League)
Approx 1 hours drive from Donegal Town, these cliffs are the highest marine cliffs in Europe with the sheer cliff face stretching straight down to the wild Atlantic waves below.

Located near Mountcharles, this contemporary garden whispers stories of walled gardens past, but today stands independently of trends and restorative themes.
Tel: 074 9735387

PLACES TO VISIT AROUND  DONEGAL


Waterworld

Located in the seaside town of Bundoran, this aqua adventure playground is ideal for children of all ages and includes two leisure pools, a wave pool with five wave patterns.

Tel: 071 9841172


Glenveagh National Park

Located 1 hours drive from Donegal Town, this park encompasses some 16,000 acres in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains.  

Tel: 076 100 2537


Glencolmcille Folk Village

The museum is built in the form of a village where each house is a replica of the dwellings used by people in each of the three centuries, 18th, 19th and 20th. Tel: (074) 9730017


Killybegs International Carpet

Making and Fishing Centre

This centre offers a fascinating audio visual insight into the history of fishing and the famous hand-knotted carpets. Also home to the largest hand-knotted loom in the world.  

Tel: 074 9741944

Donegal Castle

The centrepiece of Donegal Town is without a doubt O’Donnell’s Castle better known as Donegal Castle by the banks of the river Eske. The castle was built by Red Hugh O’Donnell in 1474 when he also built the Franciscan Abbey further down the river Eske.

Tel: (074) 9722405.


Opening Hours: April to October: Mon - Sun: 10am - 6pm. November to March: Thurs - Mon: 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Admission: Adult - €4. OAP/Group - €3. Child/Student - €2.

Group rates available.


Donegal Bay Waterbus

Fully narrated 75mins cruise of Donegal Bay, its Islands & Seal Colony. Live music on every trip. Fully wheelchair accessible Purchase tickets in advance from ticket office on Quay Street. Contact 074 9723666 for further details.

E. info@donegalbaywaterbus.com