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Visit Ireland’s northwestern crown to revel in County Donegal’s spectacular mountain landscapes and jagged coastline. Donegal contains Ireland’s largest Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) area and its far-flung coastal towns present a rich cultural identity, where Irish is the common tongue and traditional fiddle music is played in local pubs. Check out quiet beaches sheltered by towering cliffs or gaze up at the region’s craggy mountains from green valleys and pristine lakes.
The county’s most populous town is Letterkenny, situated on the edge of the River Swilly. Nicknamed the Cathedral Town, Letterkenny is a thriving university hub with an eclectic mix of architecture. To the town’s northeast is Glenveagh National Park, an area with rolling hills, woodlands, lakes and marsh. The Victorian-era Glenveagh Castle sits in the center of the park on the lakeshore of Lough Veagh. Explore the estate’s botanical gardens or venture into the wider expanse of Ireland’s second-largest national park.
More magnificent scenery surrounds the towns of Gweedore and Cloughaneely, which sit at the foot of Mount Errigal. This steep quartzite peak is the highest among the mountain range known to locals as the Seven Sisters and can be climbed on calm days.
Find out about the country’s Iron Age roots at the striking hilltop fort Grianan of Aileach on the Inishowen peninsula. This peninsula marks Ireland’s most northerly point and contains the large town of Buncrana and the rugged beaches of Kinnagoe Bay. Visit Donegal’s southern coast to explore the seaside resort town of Bundoran, a popular town also renowned for its surf beaches and picturesque golf courses. If you’d prefer to sit back and watch the action, be sure to catch a local match of Gaelic football or hurling while in County Donegal.
Experience Donegal’s rich artistic culture at the annual Earagail Arts Festival in July or check out the Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar in March. You can attend Gaelic cultural events at the 15th-century Donegal Castle.
Fly into Donegal via its regional airport, located in Carrickfinn on the northwest coast. Donegal’s coastal villages and mountain passes are best explored by car. Get an insight into Ireland’s ancient heritage in Donegal.
This family-friendly Letterkenny hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Letterkenny Golf Club and Letterkenny Cathedral. Letterkenny Town Park and Donegal County Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Letterkenny Leisure Centre, Letterkenny Cathedral, and Donegal County Museum. Letterkenny Town Park and Letterkenny Golf Club are also within 15 minutes.
This family-friendly Bundoran hotel is steps from Surfworld Bundoran and Waterworld Bundoran. Bundoran Beach and Bundoran Adventure Park are also within 10 minutes.
This family-friendly Letterkenny hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Letterkenny Town Council Public Services Centre and Letterkenny Golf Club. Letterkenny Cathedral and Letterkenny Leisure Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Magilligan Point, Kinnagoe Bay Beach, and Inishowen Head. Foyle International Golf Centre is 11.2 mi (18.1 km) away.
Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Ballyliffin Golf Course and 9.6 mi (15.5 km) from Fort Dunree. Buncrana Golf Club and Malin Head are also within 20 mi (32 km).
This family-friendly Letterkenny hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Letterkenny Town Council Public Services Centre and Letterkenny Golf Club. Letterkenny Leisure Centre and Letterkenny Cathedral are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Donegal, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Donegal Castle and O'Donnel's Castle. Donegal Bay Waterbus is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) away.