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Visitor Guide to Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Roscommon, Leitrim, Cavan & Monaghan
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Donegal is renowned all over the world for its spectacular scenery, endless unspoilt Atlantic coastline, long stretches of sandy beaches, sheltered inlets and as the songs goes, the ‘hills of Donegal’. Two mountain ranges form the ‘hills of Donegal’. The Bluestack Mountains run towards the south and the Derryveagh Mountains run to the north. The stunning Slieve League Cliffs which are the highest sea cliffs in Europe are also worth a visit when touring the region as it Malin Head, which is the most northerly point on the island of Ireland. 

Located in the northwest of Ireland, beautiful and wild Donegal is an ideal place to recharge. Away from the hustle and bustle of the cities is is one of Ireland’s best-loved holiday destinations. There are numerous mountains to climb, extensive stretches of coastline to explore, lots of quaint towns & villages to stop into for a break amongst the generally beautiful countryside. Donegal county borders counties Leitrim, Derry, Tyrone and Fermanagh which is in Northern Ireland.

Many visitors to Donegal will commence their tour in Bundoran in the south of the county. Bundoran is a  lively seaside town with lots to offer including fine restaurants, golden sandy beach which is popular for surfing and nightly entertainment in some of the many pubs in the town. For more adventurous travellers there are many outdoor pursuits to enjoy including a wide range of watersports like windsurfing, surfing, kite surfing along with with great golf courses, fishing and hiking opportunities.

From Bundoran you can head north to experience Donegal Town, which is steeped in history and has excellent pubs, restaurants and shopping.

Leaving Donegal town, you can drive west through Dunkineely and out towards the village of Killybegs. Killybegs is the main fishing port of the region and is popular with anyone into watersports or hill walking.

Any time spent in this area of Donegal would be incomplete if you don't visit the awesome Slieve League Cliffs which are, at 600 metres tall, the highest sea cliffs in Europe. 

Travelling northwards you’ll find yourself in the centre of the Donegal Gaeltacht. By spending a few days here you’ll find you're speaking a few words of Irish (Gaelic) before you know it. To the northwest you'll find the town of Dungloe, which is popular for visitors throughout the year but particularly over the August bank holiday weekend when the Mary of Dungloe Festival features prominently on the Donegal festival calendar.

Gweedore on the coast of Donegal has some of the most spectacular in the whole country. It's fine sandy beaches and wild mountain ranges make it a wonderful places to explore.

Near Glenties is Glenveagh National Park which is made up of over 13,000 hectares of mountains, pristine forests, crystal clean lakes and blanket bog lands is one of the main attractions inthis area and worth a visit.

This area also has many excellent links golf courses such as Dunfanaghy Golf Course and it is worth stopping for a walk on the gorgeous Killyhoey Beach if you have time.

Moving onto Donegal’s main shopping town at Letterkenny, you'll find vibrant nightlife, cosy pubs and lovely restaurants. From Letterkenny drive northeastwards to the Inishowen Peninsula and the the seaside town of Buncrana.  Popular activities here include golfing, windsurfing, sailing, equestrian and fishing on the shores of Lough Swilly and on the River Crana.

To the very north of the Inishowen Peninsula is Malin Head, familiar to those following the fishing forecasts. It is Ireland’s most northerly point and has wonderful scenery, long stretches of fine sandy beaches along with great angling and watersports.

 Here is a small sample of what is available for you but don't take our word for it, come and see it all for yourself!
Adventure One Surf School
Adventure One surf school offer surfing and...
Eelburn Caravan park
Co. Donegal
An Grianan Hotel
Perched on a hillside with panoramic views,...
Speenogue, Burt,
Co. Donegal
Ard na Breatha Guesthouse
Ard na Breatha a fine, guesthouse on the...
Drumrooske Middle
Co. Donegal
Atlantic Guesthouse
Atlantic Guesthouse is one of the...
Main St, Donegal
Co. Donegal
Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny
Aura Letterkenny Leisure Complex offers...
Sallaghagrane, Letterkenny
Co. Donegal
Ballyraine Guesthouse
Ballyraine Guesthouse is a stylish modern...
Ramelton Rd, Letterkenny,
Co. Donegal
Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival
Ballyshannon Folk Festival is one of the...
Co. Donegal
Ballyshannon Leisure Centre
Ballyshannon Leisure Centre has a 25m indoor...
Co. Donegal
Bay View Hotel
For the briny smell of the sea and fresh-caught...
Main Street, Killybegs
Co. Donegal
Bunbeg House
Bunbeg House a charming friendly guesthouse...
Co. Donegal
Bundoran Surf Co
Bundoran Surf Co offer surf lessons,...
Co. Donegal
Castlefin Extreme Karting
The Castlefin X-treme Karting outdoor racing...
Co. Donegal
Central Hotel Donegal
The Central Hotel is a fine hotel located in...
Donegal Town
Co. Donegal
Charles Macklin Festival
The Charles Macklin Festival is an arts and...
Co. Donegal
Clanree Hotel
The Clanree Hotel is the perfect base for...
Co. Donegal
Clonmany Festival
Clonmany Festival is Ireland's longest...
Co. Donegal
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Top Attractions of Ireland's North West

If it is a leisurely or action packed holiday you require then you can be guaranteed that the counties of the North West of Ireland including Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo can provide for your every need. These counties offer you choices of the best accommodation and eateries along with lively evening hotspots to keep you entertained during your visit. The region has excellent sporting amenities with some of Ireland's best golf links courses, along with excellent fishing spots, horse riding, mountaineering, mountain biking, river and sea cruises, famous surfing beaches and much much more.

Visitors are also sure to experience a warm welcome or "céad mile fáilte" from those you meet on your travels in the area along with a strong sense of the Irish heritage and culture in some of the least explored parts of the country.

Ireland's North West is easily accessible from every corner of the world through the regional airports serving the region at Knock or Shannon and you'll find there is a lot to see and plenty to do once you arrive. Below are just some of the main attractions ready to be discovered. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Croagh Patrick in Mayo

Croagh Patrick

Croagh Patrick, one of the highest peaks in the West of Ireland is situated five miles from the picturesque town of Westport in the village of Murrisk, and the mountain’s conical shape soars majestically above the surrounding countryside. More details +
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Glenveagh National Park Donegal

Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh National Park can be found about 24km north west of Letterkenny in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. With its pristine lakes, mountains, boglands, moorlands, rivers and wilderness, this remote and peaceful national park is hauntingly beautiful and serene. More details +
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Slieve League Cliffs

Slieve League Cliffs

Towering high above the raging Atlantic Ocean, the Slieve League Cliffs are one of the highest sea-cliff faces in Europe. Their incredibly steep slope to the sea is perhaps even more hair-raising than the Cliffs of Moher with its shear drop. More details +
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The Céide Fields in Mayo

The Céide Fields

The remarkable neolithic site at Céide Fields in County Mayo holds the oldest known stone-walled fields in the world. They date back almost 6,000 years, more than any other early agricultural site to date. More details +
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The Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway

The Giant's Causeway’s unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of north Atlantic Ocean. The rugged symmetry of the columns, and their uniform planshape, never fail to intrigue and inspire the curious admirers who come so far to witness them. More details +
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Grianán of Aileach

Grianán of Aileach

The great Grianán of Aileach is believed to have been built in the 1st century AD, on the site of an ancient Iron Age hillfort, and the outline of the original Iron Age fort can still be seen on the hill to this day. More details +
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Doagh Famine Village

Doagh Famine Village

Doagh Famine Village contains a wide selection of full size attractions, including some original dwellings which were still inhabited up to 20 years ago. Some of the buildings of Doagh Famine Village, such as the Orange Hall, Presbyterian Meeting House, Mass Rock and Hedge School and a Republican Safe House, depict the diverse history and culture of this corner of the Inishowen peninsula. More details +

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