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5 Of The Most Popular Things to do in Donegal

January 22nd 2015

Many conversations are had in front of the warm fire here at Donegal Manor after a long day of sightseeing. For me I love to see the smiles that radiate from our guests when they speak of the wonderful day they have just had walking up Slieve League or visiting one of the many castles in Donegal. More often than not the same sights come up in conversation and this is why I have decided to list these in my 5 things to do in Donegal. Up first Slieve League.

1. Slieve League

things to do in donegal

Pic by Greg Clarke

I might be a little biased when I say this but for me Slieve League is just as spectacular if not more than the more well known Cliffs of Moher. Nearly three times higher than their famous counterparts and among the highest sea cliffs in Ireland they are a must for anyone travelling to Donegal.

P.S. If you’re brave enough make sure to have a walk across One Man’s Pass (video)

2. Glenveagh National Park and Castle

Glenveagh National Park,

Pic by Raphael Schön

Glenveagh is the second largest national park in Ireland and is situated in the Northwest of Donegal. A whole day could be spent here exploring what’s on offer. Home to Glenveagh Castle on the shores of Lough Veagh the castle gardens feature a wide variety of Flora and Fauna from all over the world. Make sure to

3. Malin Head

Aurora borealis at Malin Head

Pic by Greg Clarke

The most northerly point on the island of Ireland. The starting point of the popular Malin to Mizen (the most southerly point in Ireland) journey which is undertaken by cyclists and walkers as a challenge. If you’re lucky you might even get a glimpse of the aurora borealis (or northern lights) pictured above.

4. Bluestack Mountains

A lake in the bluestack mountains, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Pic by dingbat2005

The bluestack mountains are right on our doorstep and you might even be able to get a peek of them from our front facing rooms. A very popular hiking destination in Donegal and if you so wish you can follow the Bluestack Way (hiking trail) all the way from Donegal Town to Ardara which is 65 Km in length and takes an estimated 3 days in its entirety. But if you don’t feel like the hike you can always drive around Lough Eske (pictured above) and through to Ardara where you will find our next scenic spot on the list – Glengesh Pass.

5. Glengesh Pass

Glengesh Pass, Maghera, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Pic by Donal Boyle

Spectacular is all I can say! The photo doesn’t do this place justice even though it looks amazing. The roads are quite narrow here but don’t let that put you off as the journey will be worth it. Don’t forget to stop at Assaranca Waterfall for a photo on your way to the pass.

Bonus: Donegal Town Castle

Donegal Town Castle, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Pic by Hec Tate

It’s no secret that in Ireland we do get a lot of rain and with County Donegal on the west coast we see more than our fair share. So what do you do when its raining in Donegal? Well Donegal Town castle is one of many activities to explore when it is raining. Built in the 15th century by the O’Donnell clan, one of the most powerful families in Ireland at the time, it is considered one of the finest Gaelic castles in Ireland.

My next article I intend to write expand on what you can do in Donegal when it’s raining. Make sure to keep an eye out for it.


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