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Set between the rugged northern coastline and the wild expanse of Glenveagh National Park, Letterkenny is a stunning base for any exploration of Donegal. Enjoy great shopping and restaurants, take in a performance at the acclaimed local theatre, and admire the amazing scenery.
Located 24 km northwest of Letterkenny, Glenveagh National Park is a 16,000-acre wilderness in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Once a private deer forest, the park is still home to a herd of wild red deer, and you may also spot a golden eagle soaring overhead. The 19th-century castellated mansion in the park is one of the best preserved great houses in the country.
Voted Ireland’s “most iconic mountain” in 2009, Mount Errigal in the Derryveagh Mountains is the highest mountain in Donegal.It is famed for the quartzite that sets off a rosy glow at sunset and for the variety of shapes the mountain takes, depending on one’s viewpoint.There is a carpark off the R251 road from which most climbers begin their ascent of Errigal.
Come to Letterkenny on the August bank holiday weekend and you will find the streets alive with music. Letterkenny Live showcases local unsigned musicians, as well as more established acts, with free on-street music and entertainment for all the family.
See how flour was milled in a bygone age at the restored Newmills Corn & Flax Mills just 5km outside Letterkenny. The facility has two separate water-driven mills - one for grinding oats and barley and the other for extracting fibres from flax for linen.
Donegal County Museum is housed in Letterkenny’s workhouse, a place that provided relief for the destitute during the Famine. Don’t be put off by the grim surroundings, however, as the building has an exciting collection of more than 8,000 artefacts dating from prehistoric times to the present day.
Located in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, An Grianán Theatre represents the beating heart of the county's vibrant cultural life. Donegal’s biggest theatre and a flagship venue in the region, An Grianán presents top-quality local, national, and international arts and entertainment events including drama, comedy, music, and dance.
About 18km from Letterkenny is Glebe House, a state-owned Regency house where painter Derek Hill once lived. Nestled by a lake in mature woodland gardens, the unassuming exterior belies the lavish assortment of Oriental carpets, William Morris textiles, and Islamic and Japanese artworks within. Even more astonishing is the collection of 300-plus paintings by leading 20th century artists, including Picasso, Kokoshka, and Jack B.Yeats.
The River Swilly drains into Lough Swilly close to Letterkenny. Grilse run in large numbers around mid June, with the sea trout arriving in August. The river is very popular with local anglers when the fish are running. Fishing is free.
Located among natural woodlands bordering Lough Swilly on the Barnhill estate, Letterkenny Golf Club is one of the northwest’s most beautiful parkland courses. Following Declan and Ronan Brannigan’s exceptionally fine upgrade of the parkland layout in 2007, the course has been developed into one of the best in the country.
The Grianan of Aileach is a cluster of historic monuments on top of a hill 30km from Letterkenny. The principal structure is a stone ringfort, believed to date from the 6th or 7th century AD, but evidence suggests the site was used before the fort was built. One of the royal sites of Gaelic Ireland, it was the seat of the Kingdom of Aileach.
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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1.2km from Letterkenny
You are just a few minutes' walk from the colourful and energetic town of Letterkenny in County Donegal when you stay at this charming holiday home. The two-storey house is one of four set in a private avenue. It features six spacious bedrooms, two of which have en-suite facilities.
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0.2km from Letterkenny
This unique development of townhouses is superbly located in the heart of Letterkenny town centre, just a short stroll from the town’s excellent choice of restaurants, cafes, bars, night clubs, and retail parks. Each three-bedroom townhouse is fully equipped to the highest standard, and visitors are provided with free, secure car parking.
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2.5km from Letterkenny
Relax in this large, comfortable holiday home near Letterkenny, the biggest town in County Donegal. With six bedrooms, this semi-detached home is extremely spacious. It also features a fully functional kitchen with all modern conveniences and a generous living area with an open fire.
0.5km from Letterkenny
You're right in the heart of the bustling Donegal town of Letterkenny with this great 3-star holiday rental. This spacious four-bedroom townhouse suits families, groups, and couples. There is one double bedroom and one twin room, as well as two single rooms.
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