Things to do in County Donegal

The historic county of Donegal is located on one the furthest edges of Europe, stretching along the Atlantic coast in the very north of Ireland.

This secluded area is famed for its rugged landscapes, dramatic mountain passes and unspoiled wild beauty. This is a place that simply has to be seen to be believed. The mesmerising natural scenery and rich heritage makes this county a paradise for adventure seekers, hikers and history lovers alike.

For those simply looking to get away from it all, the quiet villages in this area are full of character, history and cosy pubs filled with the sound of traditional Irish music.

Make your escape to this undiscovered part of Ireland, and explore the rich array of things to do in County Donegal.






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Things to do in County Donegal

About the County

Wild Drives in County Donegal

Part of one of the most famous coastal roads in the world flows through Donegal. After the relative calm of Derry, Donegal brings the wild to the Wild Atlantic Way with its impressive mountainous landscape and windswept cliff tops.

This county makes up the longest stretch of coast in the country, its lush green pastures and picturesque peninsulas making it the perfect place for a road trip by the glittering ocean. Standout spots to see are the wave sculpted Malin Head on the Inishowen Peninsula, mainland Ireland's most northerly point, or the magnificent Slieve League Cliffs on the west coast. You don't necessarily need a car to enjoy the views though, with many of the coastal routes ideal for bike rides and walks too.

Malin head in County Donegal

Horseback riding in County Donegal

Fun Irish activities

With such incredible scenery all around, the area is popular with outdoor enthusiasts.

Take your pick from world-class golf courses in enchanted settings or first rate fishing experiences in vast rivers and lakes. Whether you want to travel by horseback, bike or even under the waves searching for shipwrecks with a scuba diving session, the breath-taking scenery begs to be seen, photographed and treasured. 

You won’t be short of things to do in County Donegal. If you’re looking for a truly spectacular adventure, hike the dazzlingly beautiful quartzite peak of Mount Errigal, one of the most iconic and revered peaks in Ireland.

Start your adventure in this magical country with P&O Ferries by getting our Cairnryan to Larne ferry crossing today.

Peaceful villages in County Donegal

The villages of Donegal offer the perfect places to hide out from the world and base yourself for explorations around the area.

Picture perfect Donegal Town is a favourite spot for visitors, with an enviable location at the mouth of Donegal Bay and with the Blue Stack Mountains as a backdrop. There are loads of outdoor things to do in County Donegal, from here you can hike a trail through the foothills or explore Donegal Castle in the centre of town.

Bundoran is a seaside resort popular with surfers thanks to its great waves, while culture vultures will love to sightsee the historic county town of Lifford.

Wherever you end up in Donegal, you can be sure of a warm welcome and plenty of inviting pubs, complete with traditional Irish music.

Crohy Head Sea Arch Breaches in County Donegal

The historic county of Donegal is located on one the furthest edges of Europe, stretching along the Atlantic coast in the very north of Ireland.

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