Donegal is now officially one of the coolest places on the planet, confirming what we already knew.
National Geographic Traveller has just revealed its Cool List for 2017, giving us the top 17 “culture capitals, hipster hotspots, wild escapes and places generally keeping it cool”.
Here’s what the travel experts had to say on our island’s coastal county:
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 VIII 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 Magheroarty 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.
Take a look at the full list below.
8. Portland, Oregon
10. South Africa
12. New Zealand