Things to See Around Donegal
Glenveagh National Park
For the most spectacular scenery in Ireland visit Glenveagh National Park. From the Derryveagh Mountains, across peat lands of Lough Barra bog and Meenachullion and Crockastoller relish in the unspoilt beauty of the jagged mountains and crystal clear lakes. The park is home hundreds of species of plants, animals and birds - you may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a Golden Eagle. The visitors centre at Churchill is open throughout the summer months and the rangers organise guided walks throughout the year.
Donegal’s coastline is the one of the Atlantics most dramatic. The Slieve Leauge cliffs are the highest in Europe with a vertical drop of 300 meters into the wild waves below. From the top experience the breath-taking (and slightly petrifying) view. There are numerous cliff top trails to explore with tremendous views out across the ocean, down to the Sligo Mountains and over Donegal Bay.
One of the most scenic routes in Ireland, Atlantic Drive enraptures and enchants. The 12km route around the Rosguill Peninsula at the tip of Donegal is best walked or cycled with spectacular views across Fanad Head, Mulroy Bay and a myriad of inlets and islands.
Ionad Cois Iocha
Learn about traditional life in the Donegal Gaeltacht. The Ionad Cois Locha Visitor Centre is in the village of Dunlewey at the foot of Mount Errigal, about 30 minutes drive from the Clanree Hotel. The centre includes a restored farmhouse and museum; weaver’s cottage with tours and demonstrations; or take a boat trip on the Lough for incredible views of Errigal and glimpse the glimmering granite Poison Glen. The farmyard is home to many animals who love to be fed or let the kids enjoy the adventure playground. During July and August you can enjoy traditional Irish music sessions between 2:30pm and 4pm.
Donegal County Museum
Uncover the fascinating history of Donegal and its people at the Donegal County Museum. Located on Letterkenny towns’ High Road, it charts life in the region from the Stone Age to modern times. The museum has two main exhibition areas and hosts a wonderful selection of visiting temporary collections throughout the year.
Lurgybrack Open Farm
This new open farm is conveniently located on the outskirts of Letterkenny on the main Ballybofey road. Family friendly, your kids will love seeing the great variety of animals. In the pet corner you can cuddle a rabbit, stroke a goat or even help feed the ducks and lambs! Lurgybrack also features a large outdoor adventure playground with treehouse and sandpit area, a barrel train run and stunning riverside and woodland walks.