Donegal named one of the best regions to visit by Lonely Planet

The northern county has plenty going for it, from beautiful beaches to stunning mountain scenery and much, much more.

Donegal named one of the best regions to visit by Lonely Planet.

Donegal has been named one of the best regions to visit in the world for 2024 by globally renowned travel publication Lonely Planet.

Part of the publication’s annual ‘Best in Travel Awards’, the northwestern county was named alongside epic locations such as Kangaroo Island in South Australia and Tuscany in Italy.

So, whether you’ve been born and bred on the Emerald Isle or are planning your once-in-a-lifetime trip to the island, make sure to add Donegal to your Irish travel bucket list for 2024.

A gem of the Wild Atlantic Way – the rugged beauty of northwest Ireland

The Wild Atlantic Way showcases the rugged beauty of northwest Ireland.
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Home to the island’s most northerly point, Donegal is one of the most majestic spots along the popular Wild Atlantic Way tourist route.

At 4,860 sq km (1,880 sq mi), this sprawling county is the fourth largest in Ireland, so you can expect a vast array of things to see and do here.

Whether you want to head to the seaside, climb a mountain, or enjoy a traditional Irish night out, you’re sure to find something to suit in Tir Chonaill. So, it comes as no surprise that Donegal was named among the best regions to visit in 2024 by Lonely Planet.

An epic adventure destination – something for every kind of traveller

There is something for every kind of traveller.
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Naming Donegal as one of the best regions to visit in 2024, Lonely Planet wrote, “With the longest coastline in Ireland and more than 100 beaches, you may find yourself the only person on a deserted strand in Donegal.

“The northernmost Irish county is purely wild with a big heart. Here, you’ll find the highest sea cliffs in Europe and miles of unspoilt coastal hiking trails along the Wild Atlantic Way.

“Ancient forts, musical traditions and rich heritage of the Irish language also make it perfect for the curious visitor.”

So, whether it’s outdoor adventure, epic history and culture, or the breathtaking Irish scenery that this small island is globally renowned for, County Donegal is the perfect place to start your visit to Ireland.

The best global travel destinations – stunning spots to add to your bucket list in 2024

Donegal named one of the best regions to visit by Lonely Planet.
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Lonely Planet named various incredible destinations you need to visit next year across five categories – countries, regions, cities, sustainable, and value.

Taking the top spot for countries is Mongolia, perfect for fans of wide-open spaces, adventure, and culture. Countries such as India, St Lucia, Mexico, and Morocco were also named.

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Meanwhile, top cities to visit in 2024 include Paris, Nairobi, Montréal, Mostar, and Philadelphia.

Joining Donegal in the regions category are epic spots like Montana in the United States, Tuscany in Italy, and Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Far North Scotland also received a mention for those who don’t want to travel too far away.

Taking top spots for sustainable travel are destinations such as Ecuador in South America, Spain in Europe, and Patagonia in Argentina and Chile.

Meanwhile, destinations recognised for their value include Poland, the American Midwest, and Nicaragua in Central America.

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