Leitrim may have the shortest coastline in Ireland but this stretch of the ocean is a paradise for surfers wishing to hit the big waves located at Tullaghan. The rivers Shannon and Erne are the two main river systems in Ireland and are linked by the recently restored Shannon Erne Waterway providing 750km of cruising waterway. Carrick-on-Shannon, the county town of Leitrim is the cruising capital of the river Shannon and the town boasts a beautiful modern marina.
Sligo is a county that celebrates its independent spirit and a place steeped in history and mythology where you'll discover a creative tradition that lives in the music, art, poetry and expression of its people, made so famous by WB Yeats and others. From clear lakes and rivers to stunning beaches and dramatic mountains such as majestic Ben Bulben, Sligo is a place where ancient sites like Carrowmore and Creevykeel, spectacular landscapes and rolling waves inspire stories, trails and adventures that will open your mind and invigorate your body. Welcome to Sligo – a natural born beauty
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Stretching from Donegal towards the Gaeltacht village of Glencolmcille, you’ll rarely have much traffic to contend with. And the road literally runs out at the show-stopping Slieve League cliffs. Dropping 600 metres into Donegal Bay, they’re amongst the tallest in western Europe… and an unforgettable hike.
Wanna catch a wave? Bundoran was recently named one of the World’s 20 Best Surfing Towns by National Geographic. The resort was recommended for “the salty surf traveller who doesn’t mind surfing in cold water or rain”, in a tactful nod to the wild weather of Donegal. National Geographic went on to praise the warmth of its locals as much as the quality of its waves. You’ll find more of both at Rossnowlagh, Dunfanaghy and the Fanad Peninsula.
14.5 kilometres off the northwest coast, Tory Island is a place where islanders still talk of “travelling to Ireland.” Shipwrecks, poitín (Irish moonshine) smuggling and violent storms have all been drawn into folklore here. And ancient customs are still in place – including the appointment of the island king, or Rí Thora.
Glenveagh National Park lies in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in the North West of Co. Donegal. It is a remote and hauntingly beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains and pristine lakes. The wild setting around Lough Veagh hosts the largest herd of red deer in Europe and since 2001 is home to Ireland’s only Golden Eagles. There's also plenty of guided family walks to choose from.
Built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century, beside the River Eske, the castle has extensive 17th century additions by Sir Basil Brooke. The castle is furnished throughout and includes Persian rugs and French tapestries. Information panels chronicle the history of the castle owners from the O’Donnell chieftains to the Brooke family.
Enjoy the story telling of Manus Ferry’s the weavers constructed home. There is an adventure and indoor play area or enjoy a boat trip around the lake. The new attraction ‘An Culturlann’ is designed as a multipurpose venue which can seat between 200 and 500 people for concerts, theatre or cinema.
Not to be mistaken with the larger lake of the same name which straddles the Tipperary-Limerick border, Lough Derg in Co. Donegal is a unique island of peace. Pilgrims have been travelling to this sacredsite for centuries on a spiritual quest or journey seeking something deeper, getting closer to their authentic selves, continuing a ritualistic tradition of their ancestors.
Bundoran Seaweed Baths and Aqua Marine Treatment Rooms in County Donegal, on Bundoran seafront adjoining Waterworld, has a range of facilities and experiences perfect for the discerning adult looking for a combination of health and relaxation. They offer a range of treatments and therapies which include steam cabinets,seaweed baths with filtered and heated sea water, fresh local seaweed and a refreshing sea water drench shower.
Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point known locally as Banba’s Crown is an area of great scenic beauty and of historical, scientific and ecological importance. The circuit of the Head will take you past the Radio Station, built in 1910, and round the coast to Banba’s Crown, the northern tip of Ireland.
Discover the many delights of Sliabh Liag, Teelin and Donegal’s iconic attraction as you walk through the countryside on the verge of the mighty Atlantic Ocean. Rare flora, fauna and wildlife inhabit this precious and untouched landscape. And the very names of local pathways such as ‘One Man’s Pass’ and ‘The Pilgrim Path’ evoke special memories and images. The scenery is stunning. The Sliabh Liag cliffs themselves are the highest marine cliffs in Europe, with the sheer cliff face stretching straight down to the wild Atlantic waves below
This attractive, two storey, stone house was built in the 1840's as the fever hospital for Dunfanaghy Workhouse. It closed in 1922. Then from the 1930's to the 1960's it was used as the national school for the Roman Catholic children of the area. It’s opening in 1968, as 'The Gallery' was the inspiration of Frank Egginton, the well known landscape artist. Since then, his daughter and son in law have run it. There is also a craft shop full of the very best of Irish handcrafts
The Killybegs Maritime & Heritage Centre is situated at the famous Donegal carpets building, where world famous hand-knotted carpets are made. These world class Donegal Carpets can still be seen in such places as Dublin Castle, The Oval Room at the White House, the Vatican, Buckingham Palace, stately homes, and foreign embassies throughout the globe.
Tucked away in Donegal’s most tranquil spots, you’ll find some of the finest and most luxurious spas in the world. These sanctuaries of calm and pampering combine the nourishment of the island’s natural resources, such as mineral-rich seaweeds, with cutting-edge treatments from around the world. Throw in a good dose of that famous Irish hospitality, and you have a spa getaway that is pretty much unforgettable.
From internationally renowned courses to welcoming local clubs in every corner of the country, Ireland is a golfer's paradise. From green parkland to rugged coastal links and everything in between, there is a course to suit every skill level from beginner to pro and, now more than ever before, every budget.
Perched on the edge of a sandy beach & overlooking Lough Swilly the Beach House Bar & Restaurant serves modern international cuisine with an emphasis on local produce. Some of our favourite dishes include fresh steamed mussels with a white wine garlic cream sauce, followed by crispy orange glazed duck with diced fresh mango & noodle salad and to finish a luscious homemade dessert for example our steamed chocolate pudding & a fine Italian coffee. Other dishes include fresh fish, quality Irish lamb, beef & vegetarian choices
A group of iconic restaurant bars dotted throughout Donegal, each with their own wonderful history, style, traditions, charm and picturesque surroundings. Collectively, they aim to bring you a genuine taste of Donegal by obtaining the very best fresh, local ingredients and serving them with lashings of pride.
The Weeping Elm at Rathmullan House counts many blessings as far as dining is concerned. Quality, consistency and innovation have been the hallmarks of the reign of head Chef Kelan McMichael in the kitchen. The walled garden provides the kitchen with fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs. The seaside setting provides fresh local fish, seaweed and seafood, while rich local farmland produces specialities like Rathmullan lamb, John Hamilton’s free range pork and Pat O’Doherty’s black and white pudding.
At ’Aroma’ Coffee Shop & Mini Bakery, the team prepare and bake everything daily on the premises using only the finest and freshest ingredients. Delicious - made to order - salads, sauces and dressings combined with savoury and vegetarian dishes will tempt your palate.
At the most northerly cafe in Ireland, they may have a roof or walls, but they do have staggeringly beautiful views of the spectacular Donegal coastline and mountains. Visit Caffe Banba at the top of the world for fabulous fresh roasted coffee, delicious home baking, decadent Hot Chocolate, freshest air and the warmest welcome
The unit of currency in the Republic of Ireland is the Euro. One euro consists of 100 cents. notes are €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500. Coins are 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1 and €2. Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday from 10am – 4pm. Each bank has one later opening day per week. Bureau de Change facilities as well as ATM machines are available at most banks. Money transfers can be organised through Western Union Money Transfer. MasterCard, Visa and American Express credit cards are widely accepted in Ireland.
Taxis and Hackney Cabs are available in Donegal. Taxis can be hailed down in the street, but Hackney Cabs must be booked from offices. Costs are measured by distance, taxis have a metre. If you have to be somewhere at a particular time, it is wise to book in advance as offices can be quite busy. All hotels will have a local taxi number.
Influenced by the Gulf Stream, Ireland has a mild temperature climate with summer temperatures generally ranging from 14 to 16 degrees Celsius(60-70 Fahrenheit). The temperatures are generally around 10 degrees Celsius (50 degree Fahrenheit) in Spring and Autumn and between 4 and 7 degrees Celsius (30-40 degrees Fahrenheit) in Winter. For regional forecasts, please consult www.met.ie