Glengesh Pass - one of Ireland's most scenic drives
Why Visit Donegal
In 2017, Donegal was the #1 Destination on National Geographic Traveller's
'Cool List'. In their write-up, NatGeo stated "with a weather-nibbled coast spotted with sea stacks, Blue Flag beaches and offshore islands, Donegal is a land that feels undiscovered. Last summer, scenes for Star Wars: Episode 8 were filmed on the Inishowen Peninsula. But this area of Ireland is also expecting 2017 to be a big year; there's an array of reasons to visit, from surfing beaches in Magheraroarty and Ballyhiernan Bay to Horn Head - a driving, walking or cycling loop that squeezes the 1,600-mile Wild Atlantic Way into a 4.5-mile nutshell".
Traveler's visit Donegal because of its "outdoorsiness" - stunning scenery, great drives, the highest sea cliffs on the island, a plethora of outdoor activities, its small, friendly towns with local pubs, cafes & shops. It just might be the best section of the 2,500 km long Wild Atlantic Way!
Malin Head is the beginning (or the end depending on how you look at it) of the 2,500 km long Wild Atlantic Way. It's also Ireland's most northerly point. On a clear day, you can see the Scottish coastline. Natural attractions like Hell's Hole (a subterranean cavern) and Devil's Bridge (a natural arch) are all worth a visit.
Fanad Head Lighthouse
Opening in 1817 following the shipwreck of the HMS Saldanha in the waters of Lough Swilly, Fanad Head Lighthouse has a fixed light that showed red to sea and white towards the lough. Step back in time, on your visit, and hear stories about light-keepers in days gone by and climb to the top of the tower for spectacular views.
Standing at the top of the magnificent Slieve League Cliffs, it feels like you're at the very edge of the world. They're wild, dramatic and majestic. The towering cliffs are among the highest sea cliffs in Europe. From their highest point, it's a staggering 2,000 foot drop into the swirling Atlantic Ocean below. This is almost three times higher than the Cliffs of Moher. Remarkably, on the high slopes of Slieve League, there are remains of an early Christian monastic site with chapel and beehive huts. There are also ancient stone remains that suggest that the mountain was a site of pilgrimage before the arrival of Christianity. Visit the Slieve League Cliffs Centre. This friendly, family-run and award winning spot is packed full of local history & culture. If you're up for it, there are some challenging trails past the viewing platform leading to One Man's Pass which loops around onto the Pilgrim's Path.
Slieve League Cliffs