Sightseeing

There’s a lot to keep you busy in Donegal, from 4,000-year-old-ring forts to Ireland’s most northerly point

Ardnamona Gardens Ardnamona Gardens, Lough Eske, County Donegal
A wilderness until the 19th century, Ardnamona Gardens is now thriving with an exceptional collection of trees, shrubs and rhododendrons. In 1991, Ardnamona was declared a National Heritage Garden.

Donegal Castle

Located in the heart of Donegal town on the banks of the River Eske, Donegal Castle was built in 1474 by Hugh Roe O’Donnell. It has now been restored to its former glory and is well worth a visit.

Glenveagh National Park, County Donegal
This stunning park encompasses 14,000 hectares of mountain, raised bogland, lakes and woodlands dissected by the valley that gives the park its name. The Golden Eagle was reintroduced to the park in 2000 after 100 years of extinction. There’s also a castle and magnificent gardens on site.

Grianan Ailigh
This 4,000-year-old ring fort is another of Ireland’s most important ancient sites. The great stone cashel is thought to have been built by the Tuatha De Danann, God and King of Ireland, to protect the grave of his son Aedh.

Malin Head
Ireland’s most northerly point is a place of spectacular natural beauty and the surrounding area boasts craggy coastline and pristine beaches.

Sea Cliffs
With the highest sea cliffs in Europe, fantastic mountains and sweeping landscapes, amazing coastal walks are a speciality whether you want to go it alone, or make a trip with an organised walking tour.

Activities

Dramatic deep-sea diving, fabulous golf courses and some of the best surf in Ireland.

Deep-sea divingDeep-sea diving
There’s year-round diving available at Donegal’s first purpose-built dive centre, Mevagh Dive Centre.

Golf

Test your skills on a truly stunning golf course at Donegal Golf Club.

Surfing
One of the first places in Ireland to be surfed in the 1960s, Rossnowlagh boasts an incredibly scenic beach and is home to Ireland’s largest surf club. Check it out in July and August when the surf is at its best.

Walking
The Cliffs of Slieve League are the highest sea cliffs in Europe with some of Ireland’s finest coastal walks. There are also various mountain ranges providing plenty of scope for all grades of walker.

Waterbus
Cruise around historic Donegal Town and take in sights like St Ernan’s Island, the Old Abbey and Donegal Harbour on a one-and-a-half-hour trip.

Children

Make the most of Donegal’s spectacular scenery with a host of outdoor activities.

Ards Forest Park, County Donegal
This 1,200-acre park is the perfect spot for a family outing. Situated on the shores of Sheephaven Bay on the rugged Donegal coastline, it’s filled with woodland, rivers, picnic areas, sandy beaches, and play areas.

Donegal Adventure CentreDonegal Adventure Centre and Surf School, Bundoran
There’s lots to do here with learn-to-surf days and weekends, teen surf camps, climbing, abseiling and a host of other activities. Click here for more information.

Donegal Bay Sea Safari

Take in the spectacular Donegal coastline from the sea with this sea safari that gets you up close to wildlife