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Donegal is considered as a place of utter tranquillity and peace (not only to natives, but also to the likes of celebrities, such as Sarah Jessica Parker). It is a haven to those who love outdoor adventuring and seek an active way of discovering the beauty of Ireland. It is also a place to relax and enjoy the undisturbed serenity that Donegal offers everyone. Situated on the North West of Ireland it is the largest county in Ulster and borders with counties in Northern Ireland. With a population of over 160,000 Donegal is home to both outstanding areas of beautiful natural rural areas and busy shopping areas like Letterkenny and Donegal town.
Visiting Donegal gives you an opportunity to get to grips with the very best of Irish nature. Diving into the Atlantic Ocean, fishing in Lough Erne or Lough Eske, hiking up the many hills and tracking through the valleys, there is plenty to keep you active on a holiday to Donegal. And when you’re absolutely exhausted – you’ll find very few places in Ireland that offer such great grub which such a warm welcome. Donegal’s most loved pubs and eateries include Rosato’s Pub, Moville, Beachcomber, Rathmullan (one of the most amazing beer gardens in Ireland!) and Leo’s Tavern just outside Crolly.
If water is your thing then you'll be right at home in Donegal, with towns like Bundoran putting the area on the map for surfers and adrenaline junkies all over the world. Other popular surfing areas in Donegal include the beaches at Rossnowlagh and Mullaghmore which remain a favourite for locals and visitors alike any time of year. Canoeing, kayaking and abseiling are just some of the other popular outdoor sports you will see happening regularly around Donegal.
Be sure to visit Slieve League which is considered Donegal’s ultimate beauty spot, located along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Slieve League has some of the highest cliffs in Ireland and views from the cliffs look right out at Donegal Bay - simply breathtaking. Donegal, being the hub of all outdoors activities also includes an outstanding cycle around Grass Roots with views of the remarkable mountains and rivers of Donegal. Donegal is also home to some historic castles including Glenveagh Castle, Donegal Castle and Lough Eske Castle which dates back to the 15th Century.
Many locals of Donegal stress the importance of seeing Banba's Crown at Malin Head, the most Northern point of Ireland. Visiting Banba’s Crown is said to be one of the greatest places in the world to watch the sun rise or set – offering exquisite views and wonderful photographic opportunities. Many people gather to watch the sun go down with a bottle of wine or a picnic – a chance to enjoy some quality family time or indeed the ultimate romantic setting.
Donegal is also residence to some of the most iconic towns in Ireland which are frequently pictured in brochures and postcards, towns like Bundoran, Letterkenny and Balleyboffey. The Inishowen Peninsula is another area that provides you with so much to see and do; simply a must see when you visit Donegal. With stunning hotels, B&B’s, castles and cottages to help make your stay extra enjoyable; soak up the Irish culture and experience the beauty of the Emerald Isle. Visiting Donegal brings you on a voyage of never ending discovery that will leave you hungry for more.