Summer To Do List For Donegal

In 2016 County Donegal got voted ‘Coolest Place on the Planet’, With that being said and the Summer of 2017 nearly upon us it is only right to make a list of 5 top ‘to-do’s’ while in Donegal.  This is only a very short list with many more beautiful location dotted throughout the county.  Best of all, everything mentioned below is free of charge!

  1. Coming in at number one has to be the fabulous Sliabh League, not as famous as the Cliffs of Moher but standing over three times higher, they are really a sight to behold.  Once at the top, if you are feeling daring, take an adventure on the One Man’s Pass.  It is definitely called this for a reason; One Man’s Pass
  2. Glenveagh National Park comes in next.  The second largest National Park in Ireland it is nestled in the Northwest of Donegal on the shores of Lough Veagh overlooking Glenveagh Castle.  A full day could easily be spend wandering through the gardens and exploring all this beautiful location has to offer.
  3. A personal favourite of mine, Malin Head is a must see for both locals and tourists alike.  This is a sight that you could never get tired of, The Northern Lights can be seen from here and who does not want to catch a glimpse of them, utterly breath taking!
  4. The Bluestack Mountains are another of County Donegal’s fabulous sights, stretched over 65km of rugged mountains you can follow the Bluestack Way , a gorgeous hiking trail. If you are not quite the hiker, you can also drive around Lough Eske and this takes you around the foot of the Bluestack Mountains.
  5. Being in Ireland we are only ever promised one thing, rain! So I have included the spectacular Donegal Castle as an option for those rainy days. Built in the 15th Century it is said to be one of the finest Gaelic castles in Ireland, Built by the O’ Donnell clan who were believed to have been the most powerful families in Ireland at that time, it really is stunning.

There is always a few hidden gems closer to home here in Killybegs, The Folk Village Museum and the hand carved stone map of Ireland in Glencolmcille are two that spring to mind straight away.  Ask us here at reception and we will guide you to all these hidden gems on your trip!

By: Sarah Moloney