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  • 1 Horn Head Drive Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Homhead Rd. IRL - Dunfanaghy

    A rich habitat for sea birds, Horn Head has high cliffs (180m) on its north coast. To the southwest lies McSwyne's Gun, a blow hole where the ocean bursts upwards. The narrow road offers fine views west towards the islands of Inishbofin, Inishdooey a..

  • 2 Glenveagh National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R 251 IRL - Kilmacrenan

    Glenveagh National Park (9 667ha) consists of Lough Beagh, the surrounding bog, moorland and natrual woodlands of oak and birch. The luxurious gardens around a romantic granite castle, situated on a hill near the lake, are a vivid contrast. The Visit..

  • 3 Inishowen Peninsula Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Mill Lane IRL - Buncrana

    The peninsula's name is derived from Eoghain, a 5C king and contemporary of St Patrick. From Buncrana, the road follows the Inishowen peninsula coastline, culminating at Malin Head, Ireland's northernmost point. This is a landscape of forbidding moun..

  • 4 Trabane Strand Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Malin Beg

    Forming a fine sand corrie surrounded by tall green cliffs, Silver Strand (as it is known locally), only accessible via a steep stairway, is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. You can get here from Malin Beg by taking a road that runs ..

  • 5 Maghera Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Ardara

    The site is accessible by a coastal road from Ardana, on the south bank of Loughros More Bay. Take in the sandbanks and tombolo, lit up by the morning sun. Nine kilometres from Ardara, you pass Maghera Falls, which tumble down from an indentation in ..

  • 6 Doon Fort Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    IRL - Portnoo

    Built on a small island in the middle of a little lake, this remarkable ringfort (3000 BC), not visible from the road, is perfectly preserved. You can hire a boat from the adjacent farm (McHugh Farm) to go and see it. This lovely excursion is even mo..

  • 7 Errigal Mountain Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Dunlewy

    A beautiful conical mountain, Errigal is the highest peak in Donegal (752m). You can get a closer look by going around it on the little road that heads off from near the pub, right opposite the church, at the entrance to the village of Dunlewy. To cl..

  • 8 Muckish Mountain Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Creeslough

    Easily recognisable by its flat top and the large cairn on its summit, Muckish is an impressively rugged mountain. You can climb it by Muckish Gap, a stark and narrow pass.

  • 9 Grianán Ailigh (Grianan of Aileach) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N 13 IRL - Bridge-End

    The round fort at the top of a weather beaten hill is a replica built in 1870, although it is not known whether it is faithful to the original construction. The residence of the O'Neill clan, kings of Ulster from the 5C until the 12C, it was destroye..

  • 10 Glencolumbkille Folk Village Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    IRL - Glencolumbkille

    Father James McDyer (who died in 1987) had the idea of founding a co-operative and reconstructing a folk village of old, in order to obtain funds for his impoverished parish. Three cabins were joined to display domestic utensils, weaving looms, spinn..

  • 11 Glengesh Pass Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R 263 IRL - Glencolumbkille

    There is a splendid view from the head of the pass across the green glaciated valley, enclosed by steep, rugged mountains. Hairpin bends carry the road down to the river.

  • 12 Donegal Coast Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Donegal

    Facing the full force of Atlantic gales in winter, this remote and rugged coastline of deep sea-inlets, jagged cliffs and sandy beaches is backed by spectacular mountains and blanket bog. Its pristine landscapes are largely intact and unspoilt. On th..

  • 13 Rossnowlagh Beach Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    R 231 IRL - Bundoran

    A small village and a hotel stand above the vast sandy curved beach (4 km) which is ideal for swimming, surfing or horseback riding. The Slieve League lies on the other side of the bay, to the north-west.

  • 14 Heritage Centre Interesting

    Museums and art

    N 56 IRL - Ardara

    This Centre retraces the history of the tweed industry, its collapse in 1699 due to government restrictions on exports and its recovery in the 19C mainly due to the efforts of philanthropists Ernest and Alice Hart. Visitors can see weaving demonstrat..

  • 15 Glebe House and Gallery Interesting

    Museums and art

    R 251 IRL - Churchill

    In 1953, painter Derek Hill, who worked for a while as a theatrical set painter in Munich, bought an old presbytery (1828) near the lake. In 1982, a gallery was built in its pleasant gardens to house his collection of contemporary paintings, made up ..

  • 16 Doe Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R 245 IRL - Creeslough

    This ruined castle stands on a strategic site, on a headland overhanging Sheep Haven's Bay. It is protected by the sea, and is separated from the mainland by a cut in the rock. A fortified wall protects the four-storey keep to which an L-shaped build..

  • 17 Manor

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Diamond IRL - Donegal

    The castle which stands on a bluff on the south bank of the River Eske was almost completely destroyed by Hugh Roe O'Donnell to prevent it from falling into English hands. Its remains were incorporated into the Jacobean mansion which Sir Basil Brooke..

  • 18 Donegal Railway Heritage Centre

    Museums and art

    Tircornell St. IRL - Donegal

    Located in the former railway station, an exhibition retraces the history of the County Donegal Railway. From 1900 until it was closed in 1959, its steam engines and later, diesel engines, took farmers, fishermen, shoppers, school children as well as..

  • 19 Donegal Abbey

    Religious buildings

    Kuay St. IRL - Donegal

    The ruins of a Franciscan friary stand on the southern bank of the estuary opposite Donegal Bay. It was founded in 1474 by Red Hugh O'Donnell and his wife Nuala. It was richly endowed by the family and became a renowned centre of learning. In 1601, t..

  • 20 Green Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Greencastle IRL - Moville

    A fine beach makes this village a pleasant and popular resort. The overgrown ruins of a castle built in 1305 by Richard of Burgo - known as the Red Earl for his ruddy complexion - stand on the cliffs (north), overlooking the narrow entrance of Lough ..

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