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

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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

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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)

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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.

7. Malin Head

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Dúnalderagh (Banba’s Crown)

Malin Head, is located on the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal. It is the most northern point of the island of Ireland. The northernmost tip is the headland named Dúnalderagh (Banba’s Crown). Malin Head gives its name to the Malin sea area. There is a weather station on the head, which is one of 22 such stations whose reports are broadcast as part of the BBC Shipping Forecast. Banba’s Crown on Malin Head is the most northerly point of the Irish mainland.

8. Doagh Famine Village 

Ranked Number 2 on tripadvisor for County Donegal. Doagh Famine Village offers a large selection of life size attractions portraying life in Ireland from the 1840s until the present day. The whole attraction is built around and includes original thatched dwellings which were still inhabited up until 1983 by the owners family and your tour guide, Pat Doherty.

9. Mount Errigal

Mount Errigal

Errigal is a mountain near Gweedore in County Donegal, Ireland. It is the tallest peak of the Derryveagh Mountains, the tallest peak in County Donegal, and the 76th tallest peak in Ireland. Errigal is also the most southern, steepest and highest of the mountain chain, called the “Seven Sisters” by locals.

10. Carrickfinn Beach


Carrickfinn Blue Flag Beach is located close to the beautiful Annagry (Anagaire) on the western coast of County Donegal in the heart of the Irish speaking Rosses. Carrickfinn beach is an extensive sandy beach with a good dune system. The beach is exposed at times during the tidal phase throughout the day.

11. Assaranca Waterfall

Image courtesy of eugeneremizov on panoramio.com

Assaranca waterfall just outside of Ardara town. It is highly rated and absolutely beautiful!

12. Dunree Bay

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About five miles north of Buncrana in Inishowen lies beatiful Dunree Bay, and the nearby military museum of Dunree Fort. The breathtaking scenery, secluded beach and tranquil country walks make this bay an absolute beauty to visit, particularly when the sun is shining.