Rathmullan is now a tranquil village, beautifully situated, and with a sandy beach, on Lough Swilly. Rathmullan is more famous for historical associations. The last two great Celtic Chieftains, Hugh O’Donnell and Hugh O’Neill, are commemorated at the Flight of the Earls heritage centre in the village. They departed Ireland from Rathmullan Pier after their defeat at Kinsale by the forces of Elizabeth I of England in 1607.
Rathmullan attracts many tourists every year with a wide range of pubs and restaurants in the village. Otway Golf Club is situated in Rathmullan. 9 Hole links course that requires imagination and appreciation of its scenic location to get maximum enjoyment of your round.
Popular for sea angling with Rathmullan Charters.
A most handsome Heritage town with a Georgian theme at the mouth of the Lennon River where it enters Lough Swilly. Reverand Francis Makemie, the founder of the first Presbyterian Church in Virginia, preached in the Old Meeting house. It now houses a library and genealogical centre.
Killydonnell Abbey, founded by the O’Donnells in the 16th century, is a few km from the village.
Moville once a port of call for transatlantic liners has now found a new role as a centre of leisure activities. The town takes its name from the Irish Maghbile, which means Plain of the Ancient Tree and refers to the site of an ancient monastery.
Along the coastal side of the town sweeps the popular Moville Green. This is a superbly developed walk including shrub-adorned, velvety turf, sheltered seating and sporting amenities intermingled with cliffs, bays, beaches and mountains.
Milford, at the southern end of Mulroy Bay, is a fishing centre for the Lennon River and Lough Fern near the head of Mulroy Bay. Bunlin Glen, to the north, is a beautiful glen, very popular in the locality and adorned by two waterfalls, Golan Loop and the Grey Mare’s Tail.
Banba’s crown, with its 19th century signal tower, lies on Malin Head and is Ireland’s most northerly point. It is a part of Donegal which is famous for its rugged coastal scenery and lovely beaches. The area is steeped in history and folklore.
Malin Head is a place for all tastes, including walking, fishing, swimming, photography, studying rock formations or rare flora and is near Inishowen’s five magnificent golf courses.
For centuries, Lifford has been the Gateway to Donegal. The administrative capital of the county, which sits on the opposite side of the River Foyle from its Northern Ireland neighbour, Strabane.
Set in a rich archaeological hinterland, Lifford grew to become a stronghold for the O’Donnell Clan. Cavancor Historic house lies a few km from the town; it is the ancestral home of James Knox Polk, president of the U.S.A in the last century. Seat of Power Visitor Centre, this historic mid 16th century Courthouse has been converted into an award winning heritage centre.
A four screen Cineplex and Greyhound Track is also here in this town of Lifford.
Letterkenny is Donegal's principal town and an ideal location to base yourself for a holiday in Donegal and Ireland's beautiful North West Region. Letterkenny got its name from the Gaelic Irish 'Leitir Ceannain' meaning 'Hillside of the O'Cannons'. Originally a tiny fishing village, which developed on the banks of Lough Swilly.
Letterkenny had grown into a prosperous market town by the 17th century and is now the largest and most densely populated town in Donegal. Letterkenny is a vibrant town, particularly at night there are a number of very popular pubs and clubs.
St. Eunan’s Cathedral dominates the town; there is a signposted walking tour of the town featuring places of historical and other interests.
Ideal location for family breaks with a museum, theatre, leisure centre, cinema complex, bowling centre, go karting, pitch and putt, Jungle King indoor activity centre, Old Foundry paintball games and a variety of good shops, cafes and restaurants as well as an excellent choice of accommodation.
Letterkenny Golf Club is a newly redesigned 18 hole parkland course situated on the banks of Lough Swilly
Tá Ceann Caslach suite thart fá 7km ón Clochan Liath.Is baile galánta ach iontach beag atá ann agus is é an áit ina rugadh an ceoltóir cáiliúil, Daniel O' Donnell.
The tiny village of Kincasslagh lies about 7km north of Dungloe between Cruit Island and Innisfree Bay and is the birthplace of popular Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell.
Killybegs is Ireland's premier fishing port. Located on the northwest coast of Ireland, this natural harbour provides a perfect gateway to the Atlantic Ocean.
It is an excellent place to base yourself when touring the south west of Donegal. A lively fishing town with Ireland's largest fleet of trawlers. Killybegs is a bustling town where local and foreign ships tower over the quayside. With large numbers of both trendy and modern restaurants and the more traditional pubs, Killybegs offers the visitor a variety of good food, drink and entertainment.
Attractions include: National Blue Flag beach, Fintragh Bay, St Catherine’s Church, Donegal Bay Seafari, Maritime & Heritage centre.
Seo baile beag atá suite i thiar theas an gcondtae, tá cuid mhór siopaí ann ag díol breidín Dhún na ngall.Tá sé cóngorach do Slieve League, deirtear gur iad seo na aillte is airde agus is deise san Eoraip.
Kilcar is situated where the waters of two streams, the Ballyduff and the Glenaddragh, jostle their way down the mountains. This very unspoiled village is a centre for the Donegal tweed industry.
The Kilcar way is a trinity of walks which starts in the village. One loops north around the western foothills of Mulnanaff, the second runs east and North-east to Kilcar Forest, and the third west to the massive marine cliffs of Slieve League.
The largest of the Donegal Peninsula’s, Inishowen stretches out between the waters of Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly to reach Ireland’s most northerly mainland point at Malin Head.
It is a land that is rich in heritage and culture with such a large diversity of attractions for the visitor that it is often referred to as Ireland in Miniature. The name Inishowen is taken from Owen, son of Niall of nine hostages who is said to have captured Saint Patrick and brought him to Ireland.
The tour of the Inish Eoghan 100 is the name given to a scenic route around the Inishowen Peninsula that both starts and finishes in the town of Bridgend. The name of the route is derived from the distance in miles from start to finish. The route is well signposted and provides access to some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery to be found anywhere in Ireland.
Tá Gaoth Dobhair suite in áit álainn faoin tuath in iarthar Dún na nGall.Tá sé suite ar an chósta agus as seo a fhaigheann sé a ainm.Tá cuid mhór lochanna iascaireachta ann agus cúrsa galf galánta le radharcanna de cuan Gaoth Dobhair,na h-oileáin álainn agus An Earagail.
Gweedore is region of west Donegal and includes the towns of Bunbeg and Derrybeg. Gweedore is situated in spectacularly wild country of great beauty and is a major holiday centre. It is a vast parish which extends from Bloody Foreland along the coast through Derrybeg and along the inlet which gives the parish its name.
The area is endowed with many fine angling lakes and the scenic 9 hole golf course is situated at the edge of Gweedore Bay, facing the islands out to sea with Errigal Mountain as a backdrop.
Gort a Choirce
Baile beag galánta atá suite ar an chósta i Gaeltacht Dún na nGall. Tá sé cóngorach do Gaoth Dobhair agus is áit an-mhaith sin le bheith bonnaithe le sliabh Muckish a dreapadh.Is é Teach Maggie Dan an amharclann áitiúil.
A resort village in the Donegal Gaeltacht and close to Bloody Foreland which is an ideal base for climbing the nearby Muckish Mountain which presents good cliff and rock ascents for climbing enthusiasts. Maggie Dan’s is local theatre entertainment.
Is baile álainn seo atá suite ar an chósta i thiar theas an contae.Tá nósanna Gaeilge le feiceáil ann go fóill agus tá an teanga Gaeilge le cloisteáil
Tucked into the rugged landscape of the Southwest, Glencolmcille is a Gaeltacht village renowned for its wealth of tradition, culture and archaeological artefacts. The Folk Museum is a monument to a remarkable man, Fr. James McDyer, who came to Glencolmcille in 1952 and set about infusing the local people with a spirit of self reliance and pride in their heritage and culture.
The valley is called after St. Colmcille (Columba of Iona) and there seems little doubt that he was there and set up a monastery. The Gaeltacht area of southwest Donegal is famous for its production of high quality tweed and knitwear products. These products are exported to retail outlets throughout the world. Visitors can view production of these at the Glencolmcille Woollen Mill in Malinmore. A demonstration of the art of hand weaving can be seen at the John Molloy factory Shop.
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Baile na Finne
Baile beag i gcroí an gaeltacht le radharcanna galánta den loch sa ghleann ina bhfuil abhainn na finne. Anois thig le cuairteoirí traein a ghlacadh ar feadh ceithre míle ar thaobh abhainn na finne.
A small village in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht overlooking a lovely lake in the valley of the River Finn. Visitors can now take a step back in time with a visit to the Fintown Railway, the only operational narrow gauge railway in Donegal. A four mile return trip that will take you along side Lough Finn.
Baile deas atá suite i taobh thuaidh an contae.Is anseo a bhfuil cuid de na radharcanna is fearr agus is deise de aillte in Éireann.
The Fanad peninsula stretches north from Milford to Fanad Head and back down to Ramelton. It has some of the most striking cliff scenery in Ireland, including remarkable examples of Marine erosion.
Suite ag bun sliabh an Earagail, amharcann an baile beag seo thar dhá loch galánta a ritheann fríd an gleann.Tá cuid mhór siúlóidí dúlra ann ar na cnoic agus fríd an gleann.Tá ionad cuarteoirí ag taobh an loch agus bíonn ceardaíocht tradisiúnta le feiceáil ann go minic.
Dominated by Errigal Mountain, this tiny village overlooks two lovely lakes which run the length of the valley. Many fine walks, including one to the summit of Errigal and another through Poisoned Glen are some of the features of this valley.
A fascinating Irish life and craft is captured in the Lakeside centre- Ionad Cois Locha.
An Clochan Liath.
Is é an Clochan Liath an príomh bhaile sna Rossa. Áit mhaith le bheith bonnaithe atá ann le cósta thiar an contae a thaiscéaladh. Áit mhaith atá ann fósta do dhaoine a bhfuil suim acu san iascaireacht le thart fá 130 loch.Is é an Clochan Liath an áit a bíonn féile an "Mary from Dungloe" gach Samhradh.
Dungloe is known locally as the Capital of the Rosses, its Irish name 'An Clochán Liath' (Grey Stone), has its origins in the period before the construction of the Dungloe Bridge in 1762. Prior to this date, entry to the town was by means of stepping-stone across the river.
Dungloe is an ideal touring base from which to explore the west coast of Donegal. One of the main reasons why people come to this area is its fame as a great place for fishing due in no small measure to the work of the Rosses Angling Association. With 130 lakes, the visiting angler can enjoy the superb fishing for salmon, trout and sea trout. The wild bog and reed beds area haven for wildlife and the views of the bay, particularly the cliff views from the Golf Club South to Arranmore, are memorable.
Also the home of the Mary Form Dungloe Festival, which takes place each Summer attracting people from all over Ireland and indeed from all over the world.
North of the town is a pretty 9 hole golf course at Cruit Island, pitch and putt is also available in the area
Renowned as one of the most scenic holiday destinations on the Northwest coast. Situated on the shores of the shallow, sandy inlet of Sheephaven Bay, it is protected by the magnificent bulk of Horn Head to the North.
Corcreggan Mill, built in 1789, the mill originally served the domestic and farm needs of the surrounding area, including the islands, by milling corn and grains until production ceased around 1965.
Located on the outskirts of the village is the building that used to house the old fever hospital, it now houses The Workhouse which has an Eco-Exhibition exploring the dramatic story of the formation of the Sand dunes and New Lake and including beautiful images of the local flora & fauna. Also has a fascinating exhibition of the famine.
The Gallery provides paintings, artist’s materials, antiques and crafts. A wide range of activities available in Dunfanaghy including Water sports, Horse Riding, fishing and an 18 hole links course
Baile beag ar an chósta le trá agus radharcanna galánta.Tá nasc láidir ag an bhaile leis an "Donegal Tweed Industry" agus tá cáil ar an bhaile faoin iascaireacht maith atá ann.
Downings is a Seaside resort with a fine curved beach looking out on Sheephaven Bay. It is an important base for the tweed weaving industry. Downings is renowned as one of the main sea angling centres in Donegal.
Donegal Town whose name in Irish means 'Fort of the Foreigners' is situated at the point where the river Eske flows into Donegal Bay. Today, this thriving market town is still very popular with tourists and is an ideal base from which to explore the south and west of the County.
The attractive centre-piece of the market area of the town is known as the Diamond; it is here that you will find a tall obelisk dedicated to the memory of the four masters.
Donegal Railway Heritage Centre located in the old Donegal Town Station houses a museum, restored carriages, models and memorabilia from a time when rail travel truly was an adventure.
The annual Donegal Town Heritage Festival is held in March, it is internationally renowned festival that has grown in popularity over the years and now attracts a large number of visitors to the town.
For the visiting golfer, a warm welcome awaits at the Donegal Golf Club, located in nearby Murvagh
Seo baile beag ata suite in aice le cuan Teelin. Tá radharcanna álainn den chósta agus tá an baile iontach cóngorach de Sliabh Liag, na áillte is airde agus béidir is deise san Eoraip.
Carrick is a little village set on good land above Teelin Bay on the Glen River. It is an ideal centre for exploring the magnificent scenery of the adjoining coast and an excellent base for climbing the remarkable Slieve League, which rises some 600m from the sea, forming the highest marine cliff in Europe. A centre for Donegal handcrafts and traditional music.
Carndonagh a market town in the centre of Inishowen is famous for the Carndonagh Cross. A lively town with great variety in shopping and many lively pubs where you can hear traditional music sessions during the summer.
The group of early Christian monuments seen on the outskirts of this lovely town on the Inishowen Peninsula constitute an 18th century carved cross, thought to be the oldest in Ireland, and two small carved pillars. Local lore believes that the church bell came from La Trinidad Valencera, the Spanish Armada ship wrecked in Kinnagoe Bay in 1588.
The north and west regions of Ireland present an ever changing vista of breathtaking panoramic views. In the east of Ulster, "the mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea"; in the north the high plateau of the Glens of Antrim is broken by steep glens and plunging coastal cliffs with dramatic sea views; slightly further west precipitous columns of basalt rise sheer from the sea to create the structure often referred to as the 8th wonder of the world - the Giant's Causeway.
See the historic walls of Derry; explore the area west into County Donegal, a landscape of grave and mountainous beauty, russet-hued like its famous tweed. The 4,000 year old Grianan of Aileach (stone fort in the sun), 10,000 acres of the Glenveagh National Park (the largest in Ireland), Slieve League (the highest sea cliffs in Europe) and the longest coastline in Ireland made up of rocky headlands and sweeping sandy beaches. Meet Ireland's last-remaining King, Patsy Dan Macruairi from Tory Island, or interact with the locals in Ireland largest Gaeltacht (Irish Speaking area)... perhaps visit a pub or three - Leo's Tavern is a must, and a session in the company of Enya's father can be arranged.
In Counties Cavan, and Monaghan small rounded hills crop up all over the region sometimes standing alone, sometimes joined together in a hummocky jumble and sometimes sticking up as islands in the many lakes that speckle the landscape. These are drumlins, tear shaped humps up to half a mile long and 100 ft high unusual features left when the ice retreated 10,000 years ago. Two great rivers have sources in Cavan; the Erne, which begins its tortuous journey to the sea near Shercock, and Ireland's longest river, the Shannon, rises under Cuilcagh Mountain. Myth, legend, folklore and hero there is much to see in these historic border counties. Further south and into the province of Connaught, travel through Counties Leitrim and Roscommon which are internationally recognized as providing some of the best fishing grounds in Europe. Visit County Sligo, a favourite haunt and final resting place of the famous poet William Butler Yates, whose grave is located below the stark table top of Benbulbin, a mountain of haunting beauty.
In the south west of the REAL IRELAND region arecounties Mayo and Galway, where beautiful mountains drop down to a coastline of lace-like intricacy. Whitewashed cottages lie scattered along the shoreline, clinging to rare patches of fertile soil, their thatches lashed to their gables against the Atlantic storms. When the sea mists blanket the coast, the landscape reveals a new mysterious nature and the many prehistoric sites of the region take on an unworldly presence. Among this regions most celebrated beauty spots are Achill Island and the bleak Connemara Mountains which straddle Galway Bay. Popular attractions include the magnificent Kylemore Abbey, and the prehistoric fortress of Dun Aengus which stands proudly on the sea cliffs of Inismor, the largest of the Aran Islands.
Tá bród mór ar REAL IRELAND a bheith suite i gcroí an Gaeltacht is mó sa tír.
REAL IRELAND is proud to be located in the heart of the countries largest Gaeltacht (Irish Speaking) area.
Tá bród mór ar REAL IRELAND a bheith lonnaithe i gceart lár an cheantar Gaeltachta is mó sa tír. Tá sé mar pholasaí againn margaíocht tír mheín na Gaeilge a dhéanamh ar Éirinn agus creideann muid go bhfuil draíocht faoi leith ag baint leis na ceantracha Gaeltachta mar gheall ar a bhfáiniólacht agus a saintráithe cultórtha. Cuireann sé iontas an domhain ar thurasóirí agus tógann sé a gcroí deis a fháil dul ag taisteal ar na cálbhealtaí. Cuir thusa tús anois le dó chuid pleanála agus ní fios duit cá dtabharfaidh do thriail tú.
We have a policy of promoting Ireland through the use of the Irish language and it is our belief that some of the real magic of Ireland lies within these beautifully unspoilt areas. Getting off the beaten track can surprise and delight any visitor. Begin planning now and you never know where your feet will take you.
Alt an Chorrain
Tá an baile beag seo tógtha thart ar ché galánta i Gaeltacht Dhún na nGall.Is é ceann de na ionad iascaireachta is mo sa contae agus téann bád go Arainn Mór amach as go minic i rith na bliana.
A bustling fishing port in the west Gaelic region of Donegal. Considered one of the major sea angling centres in Donegal. There are regular sailings to Arranmore Island throughout the year.
An Bun Beag/ Na Doire Beaga
Shífeá gur baile amháin a bhí ann An Bun Beag agus na Doire Beaga. Tá an Bun Beag suite i paráiste Gaoth Dobhair agus tá cé galánta ann.Tá an dhá bhaile suite cóngorach de na h-oileáin Toraigh, Gola, Inis Meain agus Inis Bofinne nó cluiche galf a imirt ar an cúrsa galánta i nGaoth Dobhair.Tá ceol tradisiúnta le cloisteáil sna tábhairne i rith an tSamhraidh.Is é Gaeilge an príomh teanga anseo.
Both Bunbeg and Derrybeg are so close they could be mistaken for one. Bunbeg is a Townland within the parish of Gweedore with an attractive harbour. Both Bunbeg and Derrybeg offer the visitor an ideal base from which to explore the islands of Tory, Gola, Inis Meáin or Inisbofin or play a relaxed game of golf on the scenic course at Gaoth Dobhair. There are various fine restaurants, and in the evenings, there is traditional music to be found in the local pubs, many of which play host to traditional music sessions throughout the summer. The spoken language here is Gaeilge.
Anagaire, Dún na nGall
Baile beag galantá ata suite i gcroí Gaeltacht na Rossa. Bíonn cursaí Gaelic ann i rith an tSamhraidh. Is anseo a bhfuil monarcáin Na Babóga Croithlí suite agus ta na babóga úra le feicéal sa seomra teispeántais.
Annagry, Co. Donegal
A scenic village located in the very heart of the Gaelic speaking Rosses, which has Irish Language courses throughout the summer months. Home to the famous Crolly Dolls Factory, where the visitor can admire their new range of dolls in the adjoining showroom.
Árainn Mhór, Dún na nGall
Is é seo an oileáin is mo ar chósta Dhún na nGall agus téann bád ann go minic as Ailt an Chorrain. Tá radharcanna galantá le feiceál ach tá iascaireacht ar dóigh ann.Is áit an-mhaith é fá choinne saoire gníomhaíochta. Tá an Gaelic iontach tábhachtach ar an oileáin agus príomh teanga muintir na h-áite atá ann.
The largest island of the Donegal coast, Arranmore can be accessed from the fishing village of Burtonport, with hourly services operating during the summer months. There is stunning cliff scenery but fishing is the main attraction and the island is also an ideal location for activity holidays.
The Irish language is very important to the people of Arainn Mhor and most inhabitants are fluent speakers.
Bunaodh an Cláchán sa bhliain 1967. Bun-smaoineach an Athar Mhic Daidhir a bhí ann. Tháinig an t-Athair Mac Daidhir go Gleann Cholm Cille mar sheiplíneach sabhliain 1951.
Ar a theacht anseo dó, d'aithin sé lái threach a laighead seirbhísí a bhí sa cheantar agus thug sé faoi tionscail agus áislanna níos féarr a chur an fáil, gan móran moille.
Glenveagh National Park is one of six national parks in Ireland. Situated in the Northwest of Co. Donegal, Glenveagh encompasses some 16,000 acres in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Such a great wilderness is the haunt of many interesting plants and animals. These lands were managed as a private deer forest before becoming a national park in 1975. With the completion of public facilities Glenveagh National Park was officially opened to the public in 1986.
Glenveagh National Park lies in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in the north-west of Co. Donegal. It is a remote and hauntingly beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains and pristine lakes. The Park, over 16,000 hectares in extent consists of three areas. The largest of these is the former Glenveagh Estate, including most of the Derryveagh Mountains. To the west are the quartzite hills around Crocknafarragh and to the south, the peatlands of Lough Barra bog, Meenachullion and Crockastoller. To book a special offer package including free entrance to Glenveagh please click here
Ní thig leat Dhún na nGall a fhágáil gan cuairt a thabahairt ar Tabhairne Leo. Is é Leo athair an ceoltóir cailiúil Enya agus cuid de bhall an grúpa Clannad. Caith cúpla uair ann ag éisteacht leis an ceol agus na scéaltaí atá le inse ag Leo faoi stair an tabhairne agus a chlann cailiúil.
Do not leave the northwest of Ireland without visiting the Rosses area of west Donegal. Spend an hour or 3 in Leo's Tavern. You never know who you might meet there. Leo Brennan the father of the world famous singer Enya and members of the band Clannad is the resident musician and tells a great story of the history of the pub and of course the famous family.
The pub offers excellent bar food served daily through the season and when the music sessions start in the vening there is nowhere better. Join the locals and take the stage with visitors from ALL OVER THE WORLD. Real Ireland tip "ask to see the visitors book". Leo's offer music 7 nights per week throughout the season. For a special pacakge including the opportunity to spend an hour or 3 in Leo's tavern please click here
Tá Oiléain Toraigh ina luí go ciúin 9 míle ó chósta Dhún na nGall.Oiléain galánta ar fad atá ann le daonra de 200.
An Rí dearna sa tír-Patsaí Dan Mac Ruairí
Fadó bheadh Rí ar achan oiléain ar chósta an tír ach inniú is é Patsaí Dan Mac Ruairí as Toraigh an téin ceann atá fágtha. Seineann sé an bosca ceol agus ma théann tú go dtí oiléain Toraigh cloisfidh tú é ag seinm san óstan ansin. Buaileann an Rí le cuid mhór de na cuairteoirí a théann go dtí an oileain.
Tory Island, Donegal - Toraigh, Dún na nGall: Tory is an island of mystery and antiquity. It is a remote and craggy island lying 9 miles off Bloody Foreland on the Northwest Donegal coast. It supports a population of almost 200 people. It has been inhabited since the earliest of times and is rich in archaeological and monastic sites from the Iron Age and Early Christian periods.
Ireland's last Recognised King - Patsai Dan Macruarí (Patsy Dan Rodgers)
At one point all of Ireland's Islands had a king to represent the interests of the islanders, but modern times have taken toll on Irish culture and traditions and only in Tory can you still find a King. Patsy Dan is Ireland's last recognised king and he is a talented member of the Tory School of primtive art and a fantastic musician. patsy plays the squeeze box, and when you travel with Real Ireland to Tory Island not only will Patsy meet you on the pier after the 45 minute journey but he will also take the time to talk to you and play a tunes in the hotel bar. Who knows you may even be luck enough to expoerince the waves of Tory a find farewell from this island community steeped in history and culture. To avail of a special package incorporating a trip to Tory Island to meet Patsy Dan - please click here
A wide range of activities are available on the island including: Walking, camping, sight-seeing, birdwatching, botany, diving, rock-climbing, boating, deep sea angling and cycling.
Poised at the neck of three peninsulas, this Heritage Town is an excellent choice for travelling around Donegal’s amazing and stunning western seaboard. Ardara is a major centre for the manufacture of hand-woven tweed. Attractions include: Loughros Peninsula, the caves of Maghera and Assaranca Falls. Ardara is set amid stunningly beautiful sea and mountain scenery and has been inhabited since prehistoric times.
During the 18th and 19th centuries it grew to relative prosperity due to the weekly markets and quarterly fairs which were held there. The establishment of cottage industries for the making of fine wool fabrics, tweeds and hand-knits for world distribution was another important element in the town’s growth and in the local shops can still be found many fine examples of the textile workers craft. The history of the town and of these crafts can be viewed at the heritage centre.
Ballintra, Donegal - Baile an tSratha, Dún na nGall
Ballintra is a peaceful village now bypassed by the main Ballyshannon-Donegal Road. Nearby is the impressive Murvagh Championship 18 hole golf course and the blue flag beaches at Murvagh and Rossnowlagh.
Ballybofey is a twin town separated from Stranorlar by a beautiful stone bridge spanning the River Finn. Around the town are pleasant walks along the river and towards the ruined walls of the Elizabeth Drumboe Castle. The area is a haven for the visiting angler, as the River Finn is rich in freshwater fish and reports of game shooting are excellent.
The Finn Valley is rich in drama and culture and the local Balor Arts Centre hosts dramatic productions throughout the year. (Tel: 074 9131840). Ballybofey is also home to the famous Finn Harps, the county’s league of Ireland Soccer team and the county Gaelic Football Team.
Ballyliffin is a delightful village, with a fine long golden sandy beach at Pollan that stretches to over two miles in length. Crockaughrim presents a rewarding climb and there are examples of primative rock at the western slope, which dates from the Bronze Age.
Ballyliffin is home to the Ballyliffin Golf Club, Ireland’s most northerly club, and a gem of a destination for the visiting golfer. There are two outstanding and contrasting 18 hole championship golf courses to choose from. The Old Links and the Glashedy Links. Both courses offer a round of golf, amongst some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland and attract golfers from all over the world.
Doagh visitor’s centre is an outdoor museum tells the story of life in this area in the 1970’s going back to the famine in the 1940’s. During the months of November and December the village becomes Lapland with Santa arriving down the chimney.
The principle town and resort on the lovely Inishowen Peninsula, Buncrana boasts a 5km sandy beach. Buncrana's Irish name means "Foot of the River" and one of its delights is the walk under beech, maple and lime trees beside the brown waters of the River Crana. The Crana River is an excellent Salmon River and it adorns Swan Park, a haven of peace for the stroller. Tel: 074 93 60488
Buncrana is a seaside resort on the east shore of Lough Swilly. There is a fine strand at nearby Lisfannon. There was a small O'Doherty tower-house built there about 1400 and repaired and enlarged in the early 17th Century. When the O'Dohertys were overthrown, Sir Arthur Chichester granted it to Henry Vaughan who rebuilt it, in his own words, 'after the English fashion with a parapet on the top of it'. The Vaughans were to live in it for a century until 1718 when Sir John Vaughan built the nearby house. A pair of small towers or pillars at Westbrook is still pointed out as Vaughan's Gallows
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. Limited access for people with disabilities to the ground floor.
Location: In the centre of Donegal Town