1-day route

Perfect Day Out in County Donegal

Donegal is known for its wild scenic beauty and countless white beaches, “Donegal” meaning “fort of the foreigners” comes from the Vikings who settled in Donegal in the 9th Century. It’s perfect for nature lovers who appreciate the hidden treasures of the Wild Atlantic Way. With highlands, cliffs and countless mountain valleys, Donegal is itching to be discovered! With the most picturesque scenery, Donegal calls you to capture all it has to offer, so let’s unveil all the secret gems hidden in Donegal!

Fanad Head Lighthouse

Cionn Fhánada Eara Thíre na Binne, Baile Láir, Co. Donegal, F92 YC03

The Fanad Head lighthouse is a wonderful place to begin your journey. It is an iconic working lighthouse at the mouth of Lough Swilly. It’s been voted one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the world! And we can see why!

Entry Price: Free
Time Spent: 30-60 min

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Doe Castle

Castledoe, Co. Donegal

Continuing on The Wild Atlantic Way is Doe Castle, dating back to the 1420’s nestled on the shores of Sheephaven Bay. It’s definitely worth the visit, soaking up the castle’s rich history is a must!

Entry Price: Free
Time Spent: 30 min

Glenveagh National Park

Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Glenveagh National Park lies in the heart of County Donegal among the wild and rugged landscape of the Derryveagh Mountains. With pristine habitats and protected wildlife, taking in the stunning Victorian Castle and Gardens along Lough Veagh, make Glenveagh the ideal escape for lovers of the natural world!

Entry Price: Free
Time Spent: 60-90 min

Glenveagh Tea Rooms

Glenveagh Castle, Derrylahan, Co. Donegal

Soaking in all the beautiful scenery calls for a lunch break at the Tearooms.

Time Spent: 45 min

Narin/Portnoo Beach

Unnamed Road, Co. Donegal

Portnoo Beach is a gem in Donegal’s heart. It is a must-visit destination a true paradise for beach lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike, located on the rugged and windswept northwest coast of Ireland. With a picturesque setting that is ideal for photography enthusiasts!

Time Spent: 15-60 min

Slieve League

Shanbally, Co. Donegal

Take a 45 minute drive down to Slieve League (Sliabh Liag) to visit some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe! Slieve League was once a Christian pilgrimage site for over 1,000 years, and it’s easy to see why it was regarded as a sacred place. With spectacular views of Donegal and Sligo’s coastlines, this is one magical experience!

Time Spent: 30-60 min

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The Rusty Mackerel Bar

Teelin Rd, Lergadaghtan, Carrick, Co. Donegal, F94 VP99

Wind down for the night at a traditional Irish bar and restaurant in Teeelin, it’s known  for its traditional Irish music, food, and friendly atmosphere. If you choose to stay overnight also offers accommodation, promising a night full of entertainment , with delicious food made with local produce, this hotspot is not one to miss!