"County Donegal, Ireland" Top 5 Page for this destination Donegal by lee.evelyn
Donegal Travel Guide: 44 reviews and 70 photos
Geographically, Co. Donegal is almost completely cut off from the rest of the Republic. It is part of the province of Ulster but not part of Northern Ireland- as some people sometimes mistakingly think. The most northern point of Donegal (Malin Head) however, is far more north than the most northern point in Northern Ireland.
This area offers stunning coastline and blue flag beaches (The Blue Flag is an exclusive eco-label awarded to over 3300 beaches in 36 countries)
Gaeltacht, beautiful sandy beaches, fishing villages, islands, lakes, wild mountain terrain
Letterkenny, the only large town in Donegal, whith:
The County Museum, The Library which also provides internet access, An Grianan Theatre and The Regional Culture Centre
In the South of the County the famous Donegal Bay stretches from Bundoran's beautiful blue flag beach (ideal waves for surfing as well at Rossnowlagh beach) to Donegal Town, Killybegs (Irelands biggest fishing harbour) and onto Carrick, and Slieve League, the highest sea cliffs of Europe, which fall 600 metres (1800 ft) into the ocean.
It is the rugged, unspoiled landscape and the laid-back welcoming attitude of the people that makes this part of Ireland so attractive.
Donegal has more coastline than any other Irish county and quite often there is no one there but you.
The Gaeltacht is the term used to refer to those areas of Ireland where the Irish language (Gaeilge) is spoken as a community language beside English.
The Irish-speaking communities are situated mainly along the western seaboard, and the Gaeltacht covers extensive areas of counties Donegal, Mayo, Galway and Kerry.
Oideas Gael in Glencolumbkille or Gleann Cholm Cille, holds Irish language courses & cultural activity programmes in the summer.
Quite often signposts in the Ghaeltacht are in Irish and can cause confusion among tourists. If you are not sure, it is better to stop ask someone
A few examples:
Dhun na nGall : Donegal
Ard an Ratha : Ardara
Na Gleanntea : Glenties
Alt An Chorainn : Burtonport
An Clochan Liath : Dungloe
Leitir Mhic an Bhaird : Lettermacaward
Gaoth Dobhair : Gweedore
Croithli : Crolly
Cnoc Fola : Bloody Foreland
An Charraig : Carrick
Cill Chartaigh : Kilcar
Sliabh Liag : Slieve League
May 30th - June 1st: Melting Pot multicultural music & arts festival - Ardara
Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival - Ballyshannon
Mich & Miceal Carr Memorial Traditional Music weekend - Meenanary
Tory Island Film Festival
Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival - Ballyshannon
Traditional music festival - Tory Island
Donegal Bay & Bluestack Festival - South &SW Donegal
- Pros:nice beaches, clean and fresh air, wild and rugged scenery, traditonal pubs with music
- Cons:weather can change several times a day, roads are narrow
- In a nutshell:It is a far away corner of Ireland but very beautiful!
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