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Explore Donegal

Hidden Gems

Donegal was voted Ireland's Hidden Gem by readers of the Independent Travel Magazine and offers a myriad of places off the beaten track waiting to be explored.

Ards Forest Park

Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal

The park covers approximately 480 hectares (1200 acres) and includes a variety of habitats, among them sand dunes, beaches, salt marshes, salt water lakes, rock face and, of course, coniferous and deciduous woodlands. With such a variety of landscapes, it is possible to spend many hours exploring this wonderful park.

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Oakfield Park

Raphoe, Co. Donegal

Oakfield Park is an eighteenth century Georgian Deanery, which has won several National awards for the restoration of its gardens and buildings. Sitting in a lush landscape of parklands and mature woodlands, overlooking the distant Croaghan Mountain, the grounds include a traditional walled garden and kitchen garden. Image © Oakfield Park

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Isle of Doagh

Inishowen, Co. Donegal

Doagh Famine Village tells the story of a family and community living on the edge and how they survived and adapted from the 1840s to the present day. Image © Doagh Famine Village

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Assaranca Waterfall

Ardara, Co. Donegal

This lovely waterfall is a scenic 8 km drive or cycle from Ardara.

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