12 Places in Donegal that will take your breath away

Situated at the most northern part of the island of Ireland, Donegal is one of Ireland’s largest and most beautiful counties. Below is 12 of the best places you can go here.

1. Portsalon beach

portsal beach
A very extensive sandy beach on the shores of Lough Swilly. It gently slopes towards the Atlantic ocean and is located in a Natural Heritage Area. The beach at Portsalon can be reached by travelling north east in the R246 from Carrowkeel to Portsalon.

2. The Slieve League Cliffs

Slieve League cliffs
Ranked Number 1 attraction on tripadvisor for County Donegal. Climbing to this point on Slieve League Cliffs in County Donegal is a truly memorable experience. The views are fantastic! Highly recommended to add this place to the list of places to visit!

3. Narin & Portnoo Beach

Bundoran Beach

One of Ireland’s finest beaches!

4. Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh National Park11
Glenveagh National Park is one of six national parks in Ireland. Situated in the Northwest of Co. Donegal, Glenveagh encompasses some 16,000 hectares in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Such a great wilderness is the haunt of many interesting plants and animals. These lands were managed as a private deer forest before becoming a national park in 1975. With the completion of public facilities Glenveagh National Park was officially opened to the public in 1986.

5. Glenveagh Castle 

Glenveagh Castle is a large castellated Mansion house built in the Scottish Baronial style within Glenveagh National Park, near both Churchill and Gweedore in County Donegal, Ireland. The castle was built between 1870 and 1873 and consists of a four storey rectangular keep surrounded by a garden, and has a backdrop of some 165 km² of mountains, lakes, glens and woods complete with a herd of red deer.

6. Glenevin Waterfall (Clonmany)

glenevin waterfall
Image Coutresy of Adam Porter

The walk up Glenevein Valley to the Glenevin Waterfall in Clonmany, County Donegal, takes the rambler on a safe, well sign -posted route. Newly installed picnic areas blend easily into the natural landscape. Footbridges are dotted along the track as visitors criss cross the stream using the stepping stones.

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  • Carl Duggan

    What about South Donegal? Killybegs? St. John’s Point? Rossnowlagh? Ballyshannon? Bundoran? Blue Stacks?

    • Chris

      Sleeve League is in South Donegal

    • Shirley

      I’ve been to Rossnowlagh, Ballyshannon and Bundoran. They are ALL so breathtaking!

    • eliz

      did you read this?? Bundoran beach is there! :/

    • Vidar Osterhagen

      And Glenkollumkill,And Doey Hostell

  • kevinmarkham

    I have been to seven… now I have three more to visit. Great list, and great photos too

  • FoyleFlyer

    Seeing Lough Swilly, the Lake of Shadows, as you leave Fahan Village heading towards Buncrana always takes my breath away. The view changes dramatically before your very eyes as the Sun appears to dash across the beautiful lough hiding behind a cloud before suddenly reappearing in all its glory and then slowly hiding behind another cloud. Whether its a hot sultry cloudless summer morning or a dark stormy November afternoon with heavy snow swirling and blowing across the lough before disappearing, as if by magic, into the choppy water this spectacular view never fails to astound me!

  • Nigel Hegarty

    Ards Forest Park and the nearby Friary. Barnesmore Gap. Muckish Mountain. Poisoned Glen next to Mount Errigal. The list is endless. You could put together a list of 50 places to visit in Donegal and still come up with others that could be included. Simply one of the most beautiful places to visit in Ireland from top to bottom.

  • Joanne Doherty

    Local lassie hoping you can all come over and enjoy our beautiful sites. Like George Clooney on his first trip over to the greenest, friendliest place you could wish for, I welcome one and all. These are my own wee Authentic pieces of home!

  • seo

    Bundoran beach is actually a photo of Portnoo beach

  • Present Day

    Wonderful list and great to see Ardara up there! I’m nearly sure that the photo attached to Bundoran beach is actually Narin beach.

  • FiFi

    Nice!! Can you add ‘Port’ and ‘Glenlough to it they are in glencolmcille. Port always beat sliabh liag for me

  • Eilish Bonner

    Bloody Foreland needs to be added to list

  • Luna Esque

    How do you pronounce Dúnalderagh (Banba’s Crown)?

  • Aengus Mannion

    Over the past while i have been all over Donegal and just keep going back so much to see and enjoy.What a county the beauty and it will also take you back in time.Its all here why highly recommend not a day but a few days to see it all esp go around the coast.

  • Richard Grant

    Some amazing video filmed this year in Donegal on this channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6QAthvB6LLSpKZKsUM90Ow