The Donegal Gaeltacht is a place where Irish, the most ancient written language in Western Europe is still the everyday speaking language. It is truly a unique experience to hear this ancient language being spoken by the locals.
If you wish to experience the traditions of Irish song, dance and folklore you will find it alive and well in the Donegal Gaeltacht.
The Donegal Gaeltacht is comprised of a number of towns, villages and islands the heart of which can be found near the mystical mountains of the Derryveagh range including Errigal and the scenic Poisoned Glen. Further south Cill Chartha (Kilcar), Gleann Colm Cille, and Ard a'Ratha (Ardara) are home to craft workshops producing hand-woven Donegal Tweed. Moving north along the Wild Atlantic Way coastline you will reach Donegal's Gaeltacht Láir (central Gaeltacht), located between Gweebara Bay, Gleann Fhinne, and Gleann Domhain (Glendowen). Head further north and you enter na Rosa (the Rosses), Gaoth Dobhair (Gweedore) and Cloich Cheann Fhaola (Cloughaneely), areas of outstanding natural beauty. The most northerly point of the Donegal Gaeltacht is located via the Rosguill Peninsula with journey's end at Fanad Head.
The Donegal’s islands, sitting proudly in the Atlantic Ocean, are the jewels of the Gaeltacht where visitors can experience vibrancy of Irish culture that is both inspiring and engaging. The wild and beautiful islands have captured imagination for thousands of years and provided stimulus for artists and writers alike.
A trip around Bloody Foreland is a must for breathtaking scenery. Bloody Foreland (Cnoc Fola) meaning ‘Hill of Blood’ takes its name from the way the setting sun enhances the natural red colours of the granite cliffs. Go island hopping as you will find Gaeltacht heritage and culture is vibrant on the Donegal Islands such as Arranmore, Tory or Gola.
Visit Glenveagh National Park, a hauntingly beautiful wilderness, with unlimited opportunities to explore and experience the great outdoors. Take a guided tour of Glenveagh Castle, which is a 19th century castellated mansion built between 1867 and 1873. Its construction in a remote mountain setting was inspired by the Victorian idyll of a romantic highland retreat. Glenveagh National Park is steeped in history and you will be blown away by the natural beauty of the place.
Climb Donegal’s highest peak, Errigal Mountain (751m). Heaven is a word that comes to mind to those who climb Errigal’s twin summits and gaze from cloud level to the ravishing beauty of mountains, forests, wild parkland and shimmering lakes below.
Did you know?
Donegal is home to some of the world’s best climbing opportunities. Donegal has 3000 recorded rock climbs, there is more world class rock climbing in Donegal than the rest of Ireland combined and Donegal is home to Ireland’s highest sea stack.