10 places that prove Donegal is literally heaven on earth

By Brian Dillon

June 11, 2021 at 4:25pm

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is there anywhere more scenic, more untouched than the glorious corner of the country that we know as Donegal? Many would argue that there is not.

Since summer is in full swing and staycation are being enjoyed all around the country, it got us thinking about some of the most magical experiences and beautiful sights in the country. It's not surprising to learn that an abundance of them can be found in Donegal.

From the drama of Slieve League to the grand stretches in Bundoran, Donegal really is a place like no other.

So, here are 10 places that prove Donegal is, in fact, heaven on earth.

Slieve League

Starting off with perhaps the most scenic cliff and coastline in the country, Slieve League is simply a must for everyone on this island.

Bundoran

The beaches here are nothing short of gorgeous. Often referred to as Ireland's surfing capital, there is an abundance of thrills to be had here, including horse riding and beautiful coastal walks.

Malin Head

Malin Head is Ireland's most northerly point, renowned for its beaches, dramatic rugged coast and views for days. In fact, it is home to some of the largest sand dunes in Europe.

Fanad Head

Also located on the north coast of Donegal, Fanad Head is home to a lighthouse and absolutely lovely scenic views across the estuary towards the Inishowen Peninsula. While here, you'll have the chance to try activities such as windsurfing and sailing.

Mount Errigal

Errigal is a 751-metre mountain near Gweedore and is the tallest peak in the Derryveagh Mountains. Hiking this mountain will provide you with nothing but amazing views, the best of what Donegal has to offer.

Murder Hole Beach

To get here, you have to trek across dunes through more than a few fields. But that means it's a proper hidden gem, just waiting for you to discover it.

Tory Island

Located 14.5 kilometres off the northwest coast of County Donegal, Tory Island is the most remote inhabited island of Ireland. Because of its remoteness, traditions have remained strong here, with an elected king or 'Rí Thoraí'.

Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh National Park features absolutely beautiful grounds and a gothic castle, as well as mountains, pristine lakes, waterfalls, glens, native oak woods.

Ards Forest Park

Ards Forest Park gives you the chance to hike through beautiful woodlands, take in breathtaking coastal scenery, walk along rivers and lakes and even discover megalithic tombs. It also features unreal Atlantic views.

Arranmore Island

With spectacular coastal and inland walks, bike rental and more Insta-worthy sights than you could shake a stick at, Arranmore captures the true beauty of Donegal with its majestic sea stacks and the wonderful myths attached to the area.

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