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Perched up in the northwest of Ireland, Donegal is unlike anywhere else you will ever visit. A place to get lost in, it offers a stark beauty that bewitches with dramatic crags, steep cliffs, windswept beaches, and horizons tufted with gorse and heather. A place where true Irish culture is staunchly guarded, it’s the place to go for great music and great people.
A walking festival for those of all fitness levels (and none), the Dungloe Walking Weekend takes place every May bank holiday weekend. Enjoy the scenic bliss of Ireland’s northwest as you amble along quiet country roads, scale Errigal Mountain, or wander around Arranmore Island. Walks range from moderate to strenuous and open up the opportunity to meet new people in beautiful surroundings.
Ireland's most beloved rock and blues guitarist, the late Rory Gallagher, was born in Ballyshannon, and his legacy is celebrated here every year over the June Bank Holiday Weekend. Among the leading acts to have performed at the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival in recent years are former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, the Horslips, and the Bernie Marsden Band.
Fans of music and surfing can enjoy the best of both at Bundoran’s Sea Sessions festival. Held in June, the weekend-long event attracts leading Irish and European surfers in addition to top acts like Ziggy Marley and the Fun Lovin Criminals. Street entertainment, beach soccer tournaments, and swimming races feature in the fun.
The Earagail Arts Festival is a July institution, incorporating a superb mix of music, film, visual arts, theatre, circus, and children’s events. Encouraging unique collaborations among local and international artists, Earagail incorporates everything from outdoor movie screenings to innovative theatre in venues across County Donegal.
Lose yourself in 16,540 hectares of mountains, lakes, glens and woods, in the company of eagles and native red deer. Contrasting with this rugged setting, the 19th-century Glenveagh Castle is a Scottish-style creation with a four-storey rectangular keep and fine gardens. Glenveagh is just outside Letterkenny.
Not nearly as famous as Clare’s Cliffs of Moher but almost three times higher, the Slieve League cliffs are believed to be the tallest sea cliffs in Europe. There is a sheer fall of more than 600 metres between you and the Atlantic Ocean, so be particularly careful if you are visiting with small children.
According to the Observer newspaper, Portsalon is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with a sweep of golden sand sloping gently into the sea and embraced by a spectacular National Heritage Area and a headland that shelters it from the worst weather the Atlantic can throw at it. But there are plenty of alternatives for you to choose from, including Rossnowlagh, Silver Strand in Malinbeg, Five Fingers Strand in Inishowen, Carrickfin, and many of Fanad’s golden strands.
Dubbed a cold-water Eden, Bundoran is a magnet for international surfers hardy enough to brave the Atlantic waves. It boasts a standard of surf you won’t find anywhere else, with glittering green waters driven by some of the Atlantic's most savage moods and a coastline nicked and battered into a series of flat rock reefs and headlands that face straight into a relentless swell. Bundoran has fine surf schools for lessons and hire equipment.
Drive up to the top of the hill behind the village of Burt and you will find a magnificently preserved 2,000-year-old ring fort. Grianan Aileach was the seat of the High Kings O'Neill from the 5th to the 12th century, and the burial mound there is believed to date from 3,000 BC. Even if you have no interest in history, the trip is worth it just for the views from the top of the hill.
The Bluestacks are a range of gently rounded hills dividing the county into south and north Donegal and home to the majestic Barnesmore Gap mountain pass. Hikers will enjoy the Bluestack Way, a 65km route through a wilderness area that offers wonderful views and connects Donegal town with the town of Ardara on the west coast.
7.2km from Ardara
Stay at a beautiful thatched cottage dating from the 1800s. Situated on its own private grounds in a scenic rural area near the village of Ardara in County Donegal, this self-catering property is well equipped and beautifully decorated for an enjoyable and memorable holiday for up to five people.
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2.2km from Donegal
Stay at a three-star holiday home within 2km of Donegal Town, on the road to the beach, and close to all amenities. Enjoy the comfort of three bedrooms, a sittingroom/dining room, a kitchen, and a shower room, all located in a peaceful and welcoming area.
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4.4km from Letterkenny
For a relaxing break away, stay at this family-friendly self catering farmhouse close to the vibrant town of Letterkenny, County Donegal. The holiday home has three spacious and tastefully restored bedrooms. There is a fully fitted kitchen, a family room, and a comfortable sitting room.
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1.1km from Rathmelton (Ramelton)- Donegal
Stay in a large Georgian building on the shores of the River Lennon. The building dates back to the early 19th century, and has been tastefully restored, with many of its original features intact. All rooms in these 4-star self catering apartments include a river view. The property is located in the picturesque town of Ramelton, which has links to major towns including Letterkenny and Derry.
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3.8km from Donegal
Enjoy superb self catering in an authentic stone house just 10 minutes from Donegal town, in the village of Mountcharles. Of the four bedrooms, three are upstairs, and the master bedroom is en suite. There is also a separate bathroom upstairs and an additional one downstairs.
1.3km from Rathmullan
You're less than 2km from the picturesque village of Rathmullen, County Donegal, when you stay at this superb 4-star holiday home. The detached holiday home contains four spacious bedrooms, with an ensuite master bedroom upstairs.
3.7km from Bundoran
This beautiful, modern dormer bungalow is located in a peaceful, private area midway between Bundoran and Kinlough. The bungalow has three bedrooms - two double ensuite and one twin room. One double room is located on the ground floor for ease of access.
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0.1km from Bundoran
Located on the outskirts of Bundoran, Ireland’s surf capital, each of these properties has been designed with guests' comfort in mind. These Donegal Bay properties are situated one minute's walk from the Atlantic coast and 10 minutes' walk from restaurants, pubs, and visitor attractions. The location is also an ideal base for surfing, golfing, horse riding, deep-sea angling, cycling, and walking holidays.
8.9km from Buncrana
Located only 10 minutes from Portsalon and Rathmullan, these cottages are situated on an elevated site overlooking Lough Swilly and the Inishowen Peninsula. This is an area of spectacular scenery and fabulous sandy beaches. The property is 5 km from the long, golden strand of Ballymastocker Bay
With glorious views of Benbulben Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean just a few short paces away, you'll enjoy a tranquil yet exhilarating holiday on Donegal Bay. Located on the fringe of Bundoran, Ireland’s surf capital, each of these properties has been designed with guests' comfort in mind.
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