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Activities in Donegal

Donegal provides a brilliant backdrop for the plethora of activities which the county offers. Golfers need not go far to find a green, anglers can cast upon the many lakes & rivers, or one could simply trek along the vast landscape on horseback. Donegal is yours - go explore.

Donegal Garden Trail: Salthill Garden

Salthill is well illustrated in “The Irish Garden” (2015) by Jane Powers with photographs by Jonathon Hession. She aptly describes the space “The 0.5 hectare enclosure has that delightful feeling of privacy and mystery that is particular to old walled gardens”. So, come and witness the “great gatherings of herbaceous plants amid mature shrubs and noteworthy trees”. Admission: €5 Adults, €2 …

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Donegal Garden Trail: Ros Ban

A garden to relax in with a Celtic Theme, given over to wildlife friendly activities, but plenty for the garden enthusiast to enjoy. There is a display of medicinal plants and educational posters of native flora and fauna. A well-established Laburnum Arch is just one of many intriguing features. This 1.5 acre garden is of educational interest to children of all ages. You are sure to learn som…

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Portsalon Golf Club

Portsalon Golf Links was established in 1891 and is one of the nine founder members of the Golfing Union of Ireland, the oldest golfing union in the world. This gem of Irish golf holds a lasting memory for every golfer of a truly outstanding golf links. With Derry Airport and Belfast Airport close by, those wishing to relish in golf travel in Ireland, will find this finest links course easi…

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Donegal Garden Trail: Dunmore Gardens

A very remarkable traditional walled garden associated with a 1742 country house. Many wonderful gardens are to be found within one large walled area (2 acres), rich collections of ericaceous plants, early 20th century terraced rose beds and a towering Redwood stands sentinel towards the centre with paths radiating from it. Imaginative use of plants over arches, traditional fruit and vegetables…

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Bundoran Stag & Hen Weekends

Organising a weekend away is stressful enough without worrying about how to entertain everyone. Let us do the organising for you. Bundoran Stag & Hen Weekends combine the wildness of the Wild Atlantic Way with the relaxing ambiance of some of Donegal finest eateries. Surf all day and dance all night, unwind in a seaweed bath overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and be pampered from head to toe. Or if…

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Donegal Garden Trail: Cille

First established over 30 years ago in an exposed coastal location overlooking Donegal Bay. The garden falls away from the house in a series of hidden terraces with an extensive range of plants, many unusual species suited to the coastal location. Imaginative use of grasses, rich exotic planting and high quality stone-work all feature. Big pots and containers planted with specimen plants are espe…

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Donegal Adventure Centre

Donegal Adventure Centre is Ireland’s largest surfschool based in Bundoran, County Donegal and this year we are well into our second decade of providing exciting adventure sports, outdoor activities, surf lessons and fantastic service to schools, families and adult Groups. We cater for single lessons, day trips and overnight stays for primary, secondary and third level as well as for individual ad…

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Donegal Garden Trail: Greenfort

Although May and June are usually the best months with the most colour and variety, there is always something in season: from the snowdrops to the autumn colours and winter-flowering cherry. The house and garden have existed for several centuries. There are many rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, large areas of snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells and beautiful walks through young and mature bro…

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Atlantic Coastal Cruises

ATLANTIC COASTAL CRUISES is a new venture, locally owned and a family-run business set up in 2019. The beautiful coastal town of Killybegs has been predominantly a commercial fishing town but with the rise in popularity of the Wild Atlantic Way, the influx of passing tourists has been noticed and this led to an offering of this maritime experience. Our boat, the Pirate Queen, is a strong steel b…

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Muckish - Lúb an iarnrod

Pleasant walk through bogland & heather offering great views of Muckish Mountain & the vast expanse of bogland in the shadow of this iconic mountain. Walk is short but provides a good atmospheric flavour of the vast walking potential of this area. Walk is adequately signposted - best in dry conditions and suitable for whole family. Looped Trail Length: 2km Time: 35min Nearest Town: Crees…

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Irish House

Since its launch in 2015, Irish House has provided those who have an appreciation for authentic Irish crafts and design with the opportunity to purchase high-quality products at their location on the famous Diamond, in the heart of historic Donegal Town, Co. Donegal. The Mulherns, who founded and own Irish House, are fifth generation handweavers and have a strong desire to ensure that the centurie…

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Eco Atlantic Adventures - Donegal Coastline Kayaking Trip

Wild Atlantic Way - Donegal Coastline Kayaking Trip Hidden in plain sight, this truly is the 7th Wonder of the Wild Atlantic Way Donegal. This section of coastline has it all, Caves, Cliffs, Arches, Sea Stacks, Hidden Coves and Beaches. But what makes it unique is The 7 Arches, a private beach hidden in plain sight along the coast, with its own waterfall paradise inside a cave formed by million…

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Teach Mhici Mhic Gabhann

Teach Mhicí Mhic Gabhann in the townland of Doire Chonaire is the homestead of Micí Mac Gabhann (1865-1948). D’fhág Micí Mac Gabhann an baile le cúpla punta a shaothrú. He was a local man who spent time as a seasonal labourer in ‘The Laggan’ and Scotland before going to the United States. His life story was recorded by Seán Ó hEocaidh (1913-2002) of the Irish Folklore Commission as ‘Rotha Mór a…

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Lough Derg Pilgrim Path

Lough Derg Pilgram Path - The old pilgrimage road to Lough Derg follows in the footsteps of the medieval pilgrims — not to Station Island where pilgrims normally go today, but to the threshold of the larger Saints Island, which acted as its gateway several hundred years ago. The focus of the legendary St Patrick’s Purgatory, Station Island, was a deep pit in which those who spent a day and a night…

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Balor Arts Centre

Founded in 1982 and moved to rehoused in 2008 the Balor Arts Centre has the unique distinction of being both Donegals oldest continuously running theatre and Donegal newest purpose built arts venue. Operated by the local drama group The Butt Drama Circle, it is a thriving centre for the community. It also operates a very active programme for touring artists hosting over 100 top quality theatre…

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Dunfanaghy Golf Club

Golf on the Wild Atlantic Way Nestled on the western shores of Sheephaven Bay with its blue flag beaches and stunning scenery, Dunfanaghy Golf Club sits on the edge of the picturesque village of Dunfanaghy in the shadow of Muckish Mountain. Golf has been played on the seaside links of Dunfanaghy for over 100 years. The course was laid out in 1905 by Mr Harry Vardon, six times winner of the Brit…

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Glencolmcille Tower Loop

Glencolmcille Tower Loop - The stretch of coastline between Slieve League and Slieve Tooey in southwest Donegal is a fine spot for walkers eager to breakaway from the trappings of modern living. The entire 35km coastline bristles with jagged rock pinnacles and soaring cliffs and, nestled in the midst of all this glorious scenery, is the village of Glencolmcille. Wonderfully remote, Glencolmcil…

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Ards Forest Park - Binngorm Trail

A visit to Ards Forest Park will reward everyone at any time of the year. 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. The sea…

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Global Scholars Irish History and Culture Summer Program

The Drew University/Institute of Study Abroad Ireland pre-college summer program is for high school students aged 15-17. This program includes lectures on Irish history and culture, guided field trips, Irish language learning, and participation in traditional cultural activities. Students who successfully complete the summer program will receive three college credits from Drew University, NJ. I…

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Moville Slí

The Moville Slí na Sláinte is a 4.4km route which follows a picturesque 2.2km path along the River Foyle before returning back to Moville. The route starts at the Market Square, just off the Main Street and turns onto Jamess Street and down towards The Green (a 10 acre site donated by the Montgomery Family, ancestors of Field Marshal Montgomery the 2nd World War hero), where it follows the bottom …

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