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Donegal Town, County Donegal, Ireland

Donegal Town App

Enjoy guides on heritage and food, nature walks, coastal drives, its hidden gems and the county's best places to visit.

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Overview: Donegal Town is quite simply the perfect place to base yourself for a very enjoyable, affordable and memorable holiday. Surrounded by the Bluestack mountains and at the mouth of Donegal Bay, it is an ideal location for the hillwalker, the angler, the heritage lover and the foodie.

With this bundled guide, we hope to help you locate with ease all of the great sights, sounds and tastes of the area. Make your trip just that little bit more special by locating the hidden gems, by hearing about its history and knowing what flora and fauna are around you. The bundle conveniently allows you to have access to nearly twenty guides which are listed as follows at the end of this page: -

1. Donegal Bay Coastal Drive to Yeats Country.
2. County Donegal Guide.
3. Donegal Town Bank Walk.
4. Donegal Town Food Guide.
5. Donegal Town Heritage Guide.
6. County Donegal's Greatest 'Shrines'.
7. Leghowney Loop Scenic Walk.
8. Lough Eske Nature Guide.
9. Slieve League Coastal Drive.
10. Sligo Town Heritage Guide.
11-15. The Bluestack Way App.
16. Yeats Country Drive - Day One.
17. Yeats Country Drive - Day Two.
18. Best angling sites in Donegal Bay. TBC.
19. Best attractions around Donegal Town area: see link on right hand column.
20. Best sites of Ulster: see link on right hand column.

In 2014, we added the stunning Leghowney Loop Scenic Walk. We have also added guides to nearby Sligo with full audio clips. The epic Bluestack Way App with 100 audio clips contains a collection of five separate guides on this 51km walk to Ardara via Glenties. N.B. Each free guide will need to be individually downloaded from there, preferably in a WiFi zone. Once the Bundle is downloaded onto your device, click on the Contents section of the Bundle to see the other guides. To download each guide, simply scroll down and click on the 'Download Options' of each one.

The various guides are designed to help you find out about and enjoy what we have on offer in the area from our long history to our flora and fauna and our great selection of food that has had Donegal Town likened to Kinsale in terms of its culinary excellence. Besides the factual, we give you plenty of the anecdotal about the area. From the sublime to the mildly ridiculous, you'll hear about the area's (albeit tenuous) connections about everyone from Napoleon to Fionn McCumhaill, the Beatles to Ferris Bueller, Dickens to the Duke of Wellington via deValera, Van the Man and of course the fighting prince of Donegal. All the best places of interest are mentioned and we're fairly confident you will complete the guides with enough facts to 'wing' your way through a pub quiz on local knowledge!

These guides are of course a mere supplement; the best way of really experiencing Donegal is to get out there and to meet its exceedingly helpful and friendly folk. As the song goes, 'you're as welcome as the flowers in May to dear old Donegal' and twee and all as that tune may now seem, the tenor of it holds true (unless you're Pat Spillane!). You'll get busier places, sunnier places and more cosmopolitan places, but Donegal plays to its strengths which were handed out by Mother Nature - epic scenery and friendly locals. Have a great time and if you like what you see and hear, spread a discerning word to your friends.

2015 update: Come the Summertime, look out for i on Donegal, the weekly online publication that lets you know what's on in the town. Click on the link on the right hand column. When visiting the town, you'll find the hard copy of it in all good bars and restaurants.

John Ward
racontour - the glory of the story®
Guided walks & drives apps
August 2011 (last updated January 2015)


Tips: As we recommend in every guide, bring rain gear, decent walking shoes, maybe even two pairs and a healthy curiosity for a place that will reward your nosiness. We've also designed a new app showing you the top places to visit in County Donegal as part of the Bundle - it is a shortened version of the free Donegal App - http://www.donegalapp.com. All material is offered subject to acceptance of the racontour® Licence Agreement: - http://www.racontour.com/licence/

PLEASE NOTE: If you are downloading, we recommend the use of the EveryTrail PRO app, which allows for offline map usage of the guide. Each guide needs to be downloaded separately on this Bundled Guide.

FREE GUIDES: These guides come free; in return, we'd ask that you 'like' on Facebook or 'tweet' on Twitter about this handy service. Thanks in advance.
Guides in this Bundle
Donegal Bay Coastal Drive to Yeats Country
Easy: 50 miles, Full day
Come away to the waters & the wild of Yeats Country via the best hidden gems of south Donegal.
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Donegal Guide
Donegal Guide
County Donegal, Ulster, Ireland
 
Easy: Multiple days
Your essential guide to Ireland's most beautiful county with 70 of its best locations.
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Donegal Town Bank Walk
Donegal Town Bank Walk
Donegal Town, County Donegal, Ireland
 
Easy: 1.0 miles, 1 hour or less
A pleasant scenic stroll along the river Eske to Donegal bay, the town's hidden gem.
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Donegal Town Food Guide
Donegal Town Food Guide
Donegal Town, County Donegal, Ireland
 
Easy: 0.6 miles, 1 hour or less
The best restaurants, butchers, bakers and local food champions are all celebrated in this handy guide.
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Donegal Town Heritage Guide
Donegal Town Heritage Guide
Donegal Town, County Donegal, Ireland
 
Easy: 1.4 miles, 1-3 hours
Take a trip back in time as we guide you around historic Donegal Town, situated at the mouth of Donegal bay.
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Donegal's Greatest 'Shrines'
Donegal's Greatest 'Shrines'
County Donegal, Ulster, Ireland
 
Easy: 300 miles, Multiple days
Whatever your God may be, a 'pilgrimage' to these wonders will reward the soul.
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Leghowney Loop Scenic Walk
Leghowney Loop Scenic Walk
Leghowney, Donegal, Ireland
 
Moderate: 4.3 miles, 1-3 hours
A slow climb is rewarded with epic views of Donegal Bay & the Bluestack mountains.
map
Lough Eske Nature Guide
Lough Eske Nature Guide
Lough Eske, Donegal Town, Ulster, Ireland
 
Easy: 3.5 miles, 1 hour or less
At the foot of the Bluestack mountains, discover the abundance of flora, fauna & history around the lough.
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Slieve League Coastal Drive Along Donegal Bay
Slieve League Coastal Drive Along Donegal Bay
Donegal bay, County Donegal, Ireland
 
Moderate: 33 miles, Full day
Spectacular views and hidden gems along your way to these sea cliffs.
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Sligo Town Heritage Guide
Sligo Town Heritage Guide
Sligo Town, Connaught, Ireland
 
Easy: 1.9 miles, 1-3 hours
On the Garavogue river, explore and enjoy the history of the beautiful town of Sligo.
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The Bluestack Way App
The Bluestack Way App
Meenataggart, Ulster, Ireland
 
Moderate: 32 miles, Multiple days
Be guided and enchanted over the magnificent hills of South Donegal.
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Yeats Country Drive - Day One
Yeats Country Drive - Day One
Sligo, Connacht, Ireland
Easy: 50 miles, Full day
Up to Queen Maeve's Cairn for epic views of Yeats Country, down to the Sally Gardens then to the Lake Isle of Inishfree.
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Yeats Country Drive - Day Two
Yeats Country Drive - Day Two
Rocktown, Connacht, Ireland
Easy: 37 miles, Full day
Around Glencar, past Ben Bulben, to Lissadell, Drumcliffe, Rosses Point and Sligo Town.
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Pictures in this guide taken by: Emmet McCauley, Mark Flagler, John Ward

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