Welcome To Donegal!
The name Donegal comes from the Irish 'Dun na nGall' meaning fort of the foreigner. Ireland's most northerly county has little in common with its neighbours in the Republic, either geographically or historically. Donegal's supreme appeal lies in the natural beauty of its coast, with windswept peninsulas, precipitous cliffs and a host of golden beaches that rival any in Europe.
The heritage town of Donegal is situated at the mouth of its namesake, Donegal Bay, and is part of a county that also bears the same name. The county is at the foot of the Bluestack Mountains, making it an ideal starting point for those touring the rest of the country.
Its quiet and relaxing lifestyle has made it a tourist attraction in itself as well. The town is popular since it was the home of the O’Donnell clan. The clan was a major player in the history of Ireland. A 1966 Disney film featuring an O’Donnell character was even entitled The Fighting Prince of Donegal.
The town’s location is ideal for angling, fishing, and boating activities. There are several walking and biking paths that guests can take. Dean’s Equestrian Center provides a complete look at how horses are groomed and cared for.
There is an 18-hole golf course for those who want to improve their swing. Dining out is also a treat, as you get to sample local specialties. There are also a number of pubs that let you enjoy a drink together with good company.
A good time to visit is the summer right in time for the town festival. You can enjoy good music that will be played in conjunction with a carnival atmosphere.
There are several accommodation choices that guests can choose from. There are hotels and guesthouses along the center of town called the Diamond. There are also a number of bed and breakfast houses around Donegal. Tourists can then walk around the Diamond to find several shops and restaurants. An important attraction is the Donegal Castle, which was home to the O’Donnells. Another heritage site is the Railway Heritage Museum. One can enjoy serene hikes in the Bank Walk, the Blue Stack Mountains, and the Barnesmore Gap. To end the day, you can relax while walking at the picturesque Murvagh Beach.
General information County
County Donegal (Dhún na nGall in Irish) is one of the twenty-six counties of the Republic of Ireland. Donegal is the largest county in Ulster. Throughout its history, it has at times been known as County Tirconaill, County Tirconnell or County Tyrconnell. Tyrconnell was used as its official name from 1922 to 1927, in reference to both the old túath of Tír Chonaill and the earldom that succeeded it.
County Donegal shares a border with just one other county in the Republic of Ireland. The majority of its land border is shared with Northern Ireland, leading to Donegal developing a distinct cultural identity. The main towns in Donegal include Letterkenny, Ballybofey and Donegal Town.
Donegal boasts a beautiful Atlantic coastline and some fantastic mountainous scenery. Donegal Rally is one of the main tourists attraction each year. Donegal Airport provides quick access to and from other parts of Ireland. The local newspaper, the Donegal Democrat has documented happenings in the area for many years.Accommodation in Donegal
Donegal provides you with variety of accommodation options to suit all interests and your budget. Bed & Breakfast, Guest Houses, Hostels, Hotels and Farm Houses are just some of the possibilities for your stay in Donegal.Hotels in Donegal
The hotels of Donegal provide you with a comfortable and picturesque accommodation tailored to suit any budget. Hotels range from modern and stylish to charming and cosy. Some of the popular names include Harveys Point at Lough Eske, Ramada Encore in Letterkenny, Jacksons in Ballybofey and the renowned Rosapenna Hotel.Bed & Breakfast in Donegal
Bed & breakfast accommodation in Donegal provides you with a comfortable and affordable alternative to hotels with a deliciously cooked breakfast to suit the tightest budgets. B&B in Donegal includes names such as Killavil House in Bundoran, Pier View in Killybegs and Donegal Manor in Donegal town.Donegal Restaurants
Donegal restaurants tend to specialise in fresh seafood, thanks to the county’s Atlantic coastline. There are of course many alternatives offering he best in international and traditional cuisine. Popular restaurants in Donegal include Woodhill House in Ardara, The Beetroot in Letterkenny and Ard na Breatha in Donegal Town.Shopping in Donegal
Donegal provides a variety of shopping experiences from its traditional open air organic markets and craft shops to modern shopping centres like Letterkenny Shopping Centre.Donegal Car Rental
Car rentals in Donegal facilitate cars on rent for a pre defined period and according to budget. Donegal is served by Hertz and Enterprise at Donegal Airport and Letterkenny.County Donegal Golf
Donegal has many great golf courses including Murvagh, Ballyliffin, Rosapenna, which are some of the finest links courses in Ireland.
Attractions Donegal Ireland
Ardara Heritage Centre - Ardara
Located at Ardara, it tells the story of Donegal tweed from the shearing of sheep to the manufacture of the woven cloth. Weavers at work show how a loom operates and the different stitches which make up Aran knitwear can be examined.
Bundoran Waterworld - Bundoran
With an indoor swimming and spectator area. There is also an outdoor adventure playground and award winning leisure facilities. Great famility facility.
Colmcille Heritage Centre - Gartan
Located at Gartan, Churchill, Letterkenny, this centre houses a unique interpretative exhibition featuring the life and times of Saint Colmcille (Columba) - Patriarch of the Irish monastic system and founder of the Scottish Church. The exhibition is housed in a beautiful stone building on the shores of Lough Gartan, within the Derryveagh mountain range.
Colmcille Monastry on Tory Island - Tory Island
For a thousand years the monastery founded by Colmcille flourished until sacked by the Elizabethans. The ruins are mostly in the west of Tory. Of the five churches recorded in the middle ages only the ruins of one remain. Cursing stones were used to keep out tax collectors. Access to the island by ferry from Magheraroarty, Bunbeg and Portnablagh.
Donegal Castle - Donegal
Built by the O'Donnell chieftain in the 15th century, beside the River Eske, the Castle has extensive 17th century additions by Sir Basil Brooke. The Castle is furnished throughout and includes Persian rugs and French tapestries. Information panels chronicle the history of the Castle owners from the O'Donnell chieftains to the Brooke family.