When the signs change from English to Gaelic, and the road ahead careens into a world of sweeping views, you’ve reached County Donegal. Standing on a cliff above the untamed sea, you may think you’re standing at the edge of the world. You are.
People are happy to see you and are often worth the trip itself! Donegal Town is a small place, a mix of medieval and modern buildings, with ancient Donegal Castle on the River Eske overlooking its citizenry.
Looking to fill your soul? Ten miles east of town, St. Patrick spent 40 days and nights fasting in a secluded cavern—it’s still revered as a place of pilgrimage. Southern Donegal Bay pulls you to Ballyshannon, a charming 15th century town. Go to the Abbey, and discover the ruins of a 12th century abbey and a rough-hewn grotto. Mass was celebrated here for two centuries when Catholic rituals we illegal. Feel this place—more food for your soul.
Artists, unique crafts and music thrive in wild Donegal. The finest hand-woven tweeds and clothing have been produced here for 200 years. Come watch the weavers make beauty.
Excellent beaches and water sports, seaport towns, folk museums and craft centers, horseback riding and golf await you. Explore your heart and challenge your body in this hidden treasure of Ireland.
You may spend half your time happily lost in Donegal. As Jim Bridger, American adventurer, said, “I wasn’t lost. I just didn’t know where I was for a few weeks.” From the coast to lush, secret valleys, open yourself to the power of possibilities!