Donegal Coast : Michelin's recommendations
The highly indented Donegal Coast alternates between headlands and deep inlets against a wild inland landscape. A visit to the region will take you past small harbours such as Killybegs, one of Ireland's premier fishing ports, but also famous for the hand-tufted carpets that have been made here since the mid-19C. The typically English allure of Rathmelton, founded in the early 17C, is equally full of charm. It is impossible to resist the appeal of the exceptional scenery of the Cliffs of Bunglass, which rise to an altitude of 300m opposite the southern flank of Slieve League (600m) dropping sheer into the water. Don't miss the Glengesh Pass, whose magnificent vista unfolds onto a glaciated, green valley or the austere Rosses (260km²) dotted with over 100 tiny lakes. The Horn Head Scenic Route, which circles the headland and is home to a great variety of seabirds, also commands some great views. The Rosguill Peninsula Atlantic Drive also boasts some superb panoramas of this northern peninsula. Make sure you stop at the viewpoints, such as Knockalla which overlooks the northern tip of Knockalla and Lough Swilly. The region's beaches are also worthy of note, including the sheltered, sandy bay of Trabane, which faces Benbulben Mountain on the opposite shore. History lovers will want to spend time in Glencolmcille Folk Village, where three traditional cabins depict life in the 1720s, 1820s and 1920s. In the same vein, Doe Castle is also worth a pause; the ruined castle stands on a superb site overlooking Sheep Haven Bay.