Experience all the beauty Ireland has to offer with a seasonal getaway in glorious Donegal. This breath-taking county promises wild landscapes blanketed in bog and heather, isolated white sandy beaches and a roughly hewn coastline. Get away from it all, kick back, relax and enjoy everything Donegal has to offer.
World Class Scenic Views – With breathtaking scenery, golden beaches, rugged islands and beautiful array of wildlife it’s no wonder Donegal was named the ‘coolest place on the planet’ by National Geographic Traveler.
Golfing Resorts – Organized golf has been played in Donegal for well over a hundred years. Some best spots to golf are; The Murvagh Peninsula, jutting out into Donegal bay home of Donegal Golf Club. It’s an enchanting and isolated setting for a links course.
Portsalon Golf Club is an exhilarating course situated in a stunning location with most of the holes weaving their way between sand dunes.
Bundoran Golf Club is set delightfully on the shores of Donegal Bay. The club dates back to 1894.
Surfing – Donegal is fast making a name for itself in international surfing, there are several surf schools, a testament to the sports rising popularity within the county. Some places for the best surfing are; Bundoran – boasting the best-known surf schools in the county.
The beach in Rossnowlagh is perfect for beginner and intermediate surfers. And the more challenging waves are found in the wilds of Dunfanaghy and Inishowen.
Walking Trails – walking trails like Inishowen Peninsula loop, Muckish Mountain and Rougey walk to name but a few. So, get yourself to Donegal and take a walk on one of its waymarked ways, national looped walks, coastal paths, island loops and many mountains. Explore the best of Donegal on foot.
Beaches – Donegal’s 1,134km of coastline boasts thirteen beautiful Blue Flag beaches, some include; Rossnowlagh beach, wide, sandy and stretching 4km in length and very popular with surfers. Downing’s beach has all the amenities you’d expect for a family day out at the beach and Marble Hill Beach, positioned well within the bay and in the middle of two headlands, marble hill sits in a very sheltered location, making the water relatively calm and suitable for swimmers.
Cozy Restaurants and Bars – The food can be described as a culinary delight. The food scene in Donegal is growing apace and the county is currently home to the 2017 World Chowder Champion. Expect artisan local produce, homemade treats and delicious seafood caught fresh that day.
Cost Effective – With no flights, baggage add ons and airport parking you’re saving money straight away. No early starts to catch flights, No passport? No problem. Bring the pets along, no need for kennel or boarding fees. And no need to eat out for every meal.
Cultural Heritage – Donegal has lots for the culturally curious including heritage walks in seaside towns like Rathmullan or Ramelton, a visit to Glenveagh Castle, Fort Dunree, and walking tours of Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter. One of the best places to learn about the Irish Culture and heritage is the Folk Village Museum South West Donegal.
Hiking and Cliff Climbing – Donegal contains more climbable rock than the rest of Ireland combined. Boasting two major Irish mountain ranges, over a thousand kilometers of coastline, one hundred sea stacks and as many diverse climbing mediums and locations as you will find in the rest of the country.
Accessible – You’ll reduce your travel time, usually you’ll only have to be in the car or on the train/bus for a few hours to get to your destination, so you’ll have more time to relax when you get there. You can also feasibly go on your staycation break for just a day or so if you have a busy work or home life and can only go weekends.