Things to do in County Donegal

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Things to Do in County Donegal


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Top Attractions in County Donegal

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Cliffside walking paths with panoramic sea views and a serene ambience. Enjoy a loop hike for stunning landscapes and a viewpoint with seating to relax and absorb the scenery.
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Interactive guided tours through a village revealing a balanced narrative of Irish history, with hidden rooms and cultural displays. Enjoy scenic views and a cosy café.
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Historic castle set amidst picturesque gardens and walking trails, with scenic viewpoints and a visitor-friendly tearoom. Offers trails and shuttle for castle access.
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Serene national park with captivating lake views, self-guided castle tours, and charming garden walks. Enjoy quality food at the cafe and learn about the castle's storied past.
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Rugged coastal landscape at Ireland's northernmost point, featuring dramatic cliffs and tranquil walks. Key stop on the Wild Atlantic Way, rich in natural beauty and history.
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Well-preserved historical castle with informative displays and self-guided tour options. Features an English-style manor, restored rooms, and beautiful grounds for a leisurely, educational visit.
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Wildlife park with spacious, natural habitats for bears, wolves, lynx, and more. Visitors enjoy educational talks and the chance to see these majestic animals up close in a serene setting.
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Historical lighthouse with breathtaking coastal views, engaging tours delving into its past, and a charming cafe. Ideal for nature and history enthusiasts.
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Historic house and gallery amidst tranquil gardens, displaying a diverse and intimate 20th-century art collection. Features tours that unravel the rich narratives of art and history.
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  • Eaglet64
    Isle of Man, UK1,094 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went on a dry but very windy day. We parked as high up as we can go and then took the bus up. It was 5 euros each and worth every cent, it is a lot further up to the viewpoint than you think and walking up there on a windy day would have been very hard. When you get to the top there is a short path to the viewpoint and a couple of steps to get to the best view.

    We had a friend with mobility issues and the strong winds meant it was difficult for her and she didn’t make it all the way to the viewpoint. Some benches in the area where you wait for the bus would have been good as she had to perch on a rock, not ideal!

    The bus driver on the way back was superb as his Dad had mobility issues so he was used to helping him and he helped my friend to get off the bus as the 4 steps into the bus were quite steep.
    Written 8 July 2024
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  • James A
    Belfast, UK93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We picked up a leaflet in a hotel and having read some reviews decided to visit the Famine Village; what a good decision. I'm not sure that Famine village is the best description because while the Famine does of course feature I found it more of a social history of life in a remote area of Donegal. Pat (senior) is clearly passionate about the whole project. He is engaging, amusing and articulate; his presentation was excellent and I especially enjoyed the way in which he related the local customs, traditions and superstitions to other cultures and parts of the world (from Colombia to Russia to Romania to Asia and Africa). Above all I enjoyed the fact that the exhibit has been curated by someone with a deep social conscience; we, from the 1st world, had the stark reminder of the scourge of hunger and famine in our modern world. The exhibit doesn't shy away from the history of Ireland and particularly the Six Counties; but leaves the visitor to read for themselves. Fascinating to see the Orange Hall exhibit adjacent to the Republican exhibit.
    We spent about three hours here and could have spent longer. There was a lovely atmosphere on the site and good interaction between visitors. The cup of tea and scone was a nice inclusion in the admission price.
    Overall, great value for money; this is a honest exhibit with the sense it has been put together with love and pride. Please visit, you won't be disappointed. AND there is a beautiful beach on the doorstep. PS A shout out to Patrick Jr!!!
    Written 14 July 2024
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  • Alison D
    Belfast, UK139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a beautiful morning exploring the grounds. Completing the 3.5k walk to the castle from the visitors centre. Followed by a nice 1k round the castle gardens and a lunch at the castle cafe. Can't wait to read my new book and kids colouring in their new books and then baking some yummy scones. Definitely not the way my granda did but sure will relive my youth anyway.
    Written 5 July 2024
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  • BDP
    United Kingdom23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free entry, plentiful parking, clean toilets, nice views, easy and accessible walks to the castle, but beware the biting midges/insects in summertime!
    The walk from the car park is quite exposed to the weather so suitable clothing and protection is required in both summer and winter.
    The trail to the house is usuable by all mobility levels, but please note that the path crosses the road used by the on-site bus. Therefore, care needs to be taken when crossing the road.
    Bike hire is available too.
    There is a charge to use the bus, but it is evidently a popular option for many people.
    The castle gardens are very nice in summer and definitely worth spending sometime enjoying them.
    No overnight parking is permitted in the car park.
    Written 10 July 2024
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  • MW
    Scotland, UK3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning area and beautiful beyond words however we experienced something that has left us both shaken and we will not return to Malin Head. We drove on to the other side of the head and parked up on an elevated parking area with a beautiful scenic view. We saw a little beach below and decided to walk down to it and take photos. As we were taking photos a car beeped and pulled up. The man had come from the farm near the beach. He was incredibly aggressive and very threatening in his behaviour. I won’t post the vile racist slurs and language here but it was not pleasant. I tried to reason with him and apologised that I didn’t realise the beach was private property. My mistake if it was and I would accept that. However his attitude was becoming even more aggressive. We went on through his gate and walked down the road and he followed us in his car. I was sure he was about to start again but two cyclists came along and I flagged them down. I explained that I thought we were possibly in danger of being assaulted. The man had left his car at this point. We walked by and the cyclists agreed that he looked at us all in an aggressive manner.
    This is such a sad thing to happen and I know this individual is not typical of the lovely folk here but it has left us very shaken.
    So by all means enjoy the majestic scenery but if you do find yourself near that beach - below the elevated parking area. Please be aware of the individual who lives close by and take care.
    Written 2 July 2024
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  • TheMarshal84
    Liverpool, UK557 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Last visited 25 years ago, when the site was having major conservation work carried out, as well as having a new roof installed. It's nice to see the site restored, and open. Spent many summers in sight of the castle, which looms over the town and it did not disappoint. The information boards were clear, outlining the site history within Ulster and the site was overall not overly restored. The grounds are well cared for and looked after by OPW. Adult admission is €5.00, but entry is free if you have an English heratige/Cadw/Historic Environment Scotland membership. The gift shop could have been a bit bigger and better stocked. There is no coffee shop on site, but food outlets are a short walk from the site. Allow 60-90 mins the take in the site. Truly worth a visit.
    Written 14 July 2023
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  • Jimmypoland
    Belfast, UK49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were really surprised by the setup. This is not a zoo, this is a conservation project which is helping animals that have been in bad situations. It also provides work for people in the area as well. I couldn’t recommend this place enough.
    Written 13 July 2024
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  • MF
    Ireland17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Arrived there before lunch. No problem with parking. Beautiful scenery around. There’s also one area in which there is a virtual reality experience. They split you into 2 groups when going up to the top of the lighthouse. Overall experience was great. Just be prepared in climbing the staircases and ladder😊😊
    Written 10 July 2024
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  • stephen n
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a fantastic knowledgeable guide, Tony, who brought the house, the collection and social history to life.
    100% recommend to anyone.
    Written 28 June 2024
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  • KFM328uk
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I have been staying in the Mount Errigal on Business during April and May 2024.
    What a wonderful Hotel, all the staff are very friendly and helpful.
    However, I must mention one particular member of staff that currently works in the Bar Restaurant, her name is Orla.
    Every time she serves me she gives a Masterclass on how customer service should be delivered!!
    She is extremely polite, confident, friendly and so professional at all times; she is a credit to the hotel.
    I will be staying at the Mont Errigal for the next couple of months and Orla makes my stay very special and enjoyable.
    Well done Orla!!
    Written 20 May 2024
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  • Mojo
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Finding ourselves in Donegal on a wet couple of days, we found Tropical World in an online search for something different to do locally. We weren't sure what to expect, and didn't have any children in tow, but we 'mature adults' had a really enjoyable time there and were so glad we went! It was much bigger than we anticipated - there was so much to see, and the individual animal/bird enclosures were thoughtfully planned out and space maximised. An enormous amount of love and effort has clearly been put into this place, and in providing a huge load of information signage about all the creatures and the wider natural world - a great education for children and us adults. The whole area has something to see round every corner......we'd thoroughly recommend a visit here for anyone of any age who enjoys spending time amongst wildlife!
    Written 1 May 2024
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  • Michael H
    Martock, UK594 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The fort itself is well worth a look, reconstruction though it is. There is a path taking you the 200 yards uphill from the small car park. The views even from the car park are worth the visit in themselves. The notice board in the car park has adequate information about the site. Add to your list if in the area.
    Written 16 May 2024
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