Trail Map of Donegal Guide

Your essential guide to Ireland's most beautiful county with 70 of its best locations.

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Donegal Guide
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Overview: 2014 update: this guide is part of the free Donegal App http://www.donegalapp.com/

For those in the know, Donegal is a word that can make the heart skip a beat. The first few notes of Paul Brady's version of 'The Homes of Donegal' can make a grown man cry and its scenic splendor can stop a hardened hillwalker in her tracks. Put simply, it is a must see location and any trip you're planning to Ireland should factor in a county with seriously big country and a way of life that will appeal to those in hope of a rural idyll with a lot of fun thrown in.

Surrounded on one side by the relentless Atlantic and on the other side by the United Kingdom, Donegal has approximately 3.5 miles to connect it with the rest of the Republic of Ireland. The other great anthem of the county, 'Las Vegas in the Hills of Donegal', sings jocosely about the notion of an autonomous Donegal, but in a way it always has been its own place; not quite north and not quite south - just uniquely Donegal.

Selecting the places you should try and visit in such a big and varied county was not easy. Blue Flag beaches, outstanding golf courses and heritage centres feature prominently. Landmark attractions like Slieve League, Glenveagh and Malin Head could of course not be overlooked. By and large, we've left out commercial ventures. We've covered the whole county and hope that you'll find plenty of out of the way gems along the route.

The county has a number of key locations - the Donegal Bay area, the Glencolmcille and Dawros Bay peninsulas, the Rosses, the offshore islands, Gweedore, the northern headlands, Inishowen and the Laggan and Finn valleys are all worth some time to visit. Take at least a week and with any luck, you might get some good weather to really see the place brought to life with a resplendence of flora. Better still, keep coming back and get to see even more of the county on a series of weeks in Ireland's best kept secret. You'll be very glad you did.

Tips: Ensure you familiarize yourself with the points of interest beforehand. They are in alphabetical order, rather than in order of popularity. There are some breathtaking scenes along the way with plenty of stops required.As you are covering the full county, it would be best to do this drive over a few days, with plenty of sightseeing along the way.

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This guide is a shorter version of the free Donegal App, available on all major GPS platforms from iPhone to Android, Garmin to TomTom devices. www.donegalapp.com
An Grianan Theatre
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Ardara Heritage Centre
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Arranmore Island
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Ballyliffin Golf Club
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Balor Arts Centre
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Barnesmore Gap
Junction
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Blanket Nook
Animals/Wildlife
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Bloody Foreland
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Bluestack Way - Ardara finishing point
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Bundoran Blue Flag Beach
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Carrickfin Blue Flag Beach
Water
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Colmcille Heritage Centre
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Craignamaddy
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Cruit island Golf Course
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Culdaff Blue Flag Beach
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Dan's Cottage
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Doagh Famine Village
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Donegal Castle
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Donegal County Museum
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Donegal Railway Heritage Centre
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Donegal Ancestry Centre
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Donegal Bay Waterbus
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Donegal Craft Village
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Donegal Golf Club (Murvagh)
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Dunfanaghy Workhouse
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Dunlewy Lakeside Centre
Water
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Fintown Railway
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Fintra Blue Flag Beach
Water
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Fort Dunree
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Gartan Outdoor Education Centre
Building
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Glebe House and Gallery
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Glencolmcille Folk Village
Landmark
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Glenevin Waterfall and Raghtin Walk
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Glengesh Pass
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Glenveagh Castle & Visitor Centre
Landmark
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Grianan of Aileach
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Inch Wildlife Reserve
Animals/Wildlife
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Inishowen Head
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Inishowen Maritime Museum and Planetarium
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Killahoey Blue Flag Beach
Water
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Killybegs Maritime and Heritage Centre
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Kinnagoe Bay
Water
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Knockamany Bens
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Lifford Courthouse Visitor Centre
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Magee of Donegal
Shopping
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Maghera Caves
Water
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Magheroarty and Tory Island
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Malin Head
Viewpoint
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Malinbeg Tower
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Mamore
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Marble Hill Blue Flag Beach
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Mount Errigal
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Narin Beach
Water
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Newmills Corn and Flax Mills
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Oakfield Park
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Old Tom Morris Links Rosapenna
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Peter Oliver's
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Poisoned Glen
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Portsalon Blue Flag Beach
Water
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Portsalon Golf Club
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Rossnowlagh Blue Flag beach
Water
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Slieve League sea cliffs
Viewpoint
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St. Connell's Museum and Heritage Centre
Building
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Start of Atlantic Drive
Viewpoint
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Teach Hudi Beag
Building
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The Flough
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The Old Abbey
Landmark
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Tullan Strand
Water
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Ulster Scots Centre
Building
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Waterworld
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