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Donegal Bay Drive

Scenic Route 1

Touring Highlights

Image © Donegal County Council
Image © Donegal County Council

An ideal seaside resort with something for everyone whatever their age or interest

EU Blue Flag Beach
Game Angling Centre
Surfing Capital of Ireland
Bundoran Seaweed Baths
For details visit: www.discoverbundoran.com

Heritage Town of Ballyshannon is the oldest town in Ireland and is the birthplace of the poet - William Allingham and rock guitarist - Rory Gallagher

Abbey Arts Centre: www.abbeycentre.ie
Ballyshannon Leisure Centre: www.ballyshannonleisurecentre.ie
Donegal Brewing Company: www.donegalbrewingcompany.com
Ballyshannon and District Museum
For details visit: www.discoverballyshannon.ie

Creevy is situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, looking into Donegal Bay and surrounded by the hills of Donegal.

Creevy Experience: www.creevyexperience.com 
Kilbarron Castle

Set in a 4km crescent of golden sand, it is popular for all kinds of water sports, board sailing, surfing and water skiing.

Fanciscan Friary & Museum: www.franciscans.ie
EU Blue Flag Beach
Surfing / Board Sailing

This townland boasts the magnificent Donegal Golf Club which lies along the Atlantic between Ballintra and Donegal Town.

EU Blue Blag Beach
Donegal Golf Club

Situated between Lough Erne and Lough Derg, Pettigo is a picturesque village on the edge of Counties Donegal (ROI) and Fermanagh (NI), ideal for walking and angling. The Island of Lough Derg attracts over 30,000 annually and is a popular catholic pilgrimage site.

Sanctuary of St. Patrick, Lough Derg: www.loughderg.org

Situated at the point where the River Eske flows into Donegal Bay, this bustling small town is very popular and an ideal base from which to explore the south and west of the County.

Donegal Castle: www.heritageireland.ie
Donegal Craft Village: www.donegalcraftvillage.com
Donegal Bay Waterbus: www.donegalbaywaterbus.com
Donegal Town Tourist Information Centre

Overlooking the broad expanse of Donegal bay and associated with the folklorist and writer Seamus McManus, Mountcharles is a picturesque seaside village.

Sea angling centre
Salthill Gardens
Salthill Cabin
Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point - Mountcharles Pier

A noted game angling centre with a fine beach.

Set on the northern short of Donegal Bay, this village is close to the very scenic peninsula, rich in wildlife, which leads to St. John's Point.

St. John's Point Lighthouse

A small vilage with excellent reputation for its traditional music and food.

Deanes Equestrian Centre

A lively fishing town with Ireland's largest fleet of trawlers, it is a bustling town where local and foreign ships tower over the quayside.

St. Catherine's Church
16th Century Tomb Slab
EU Blue Flag Beach - Fintragh
Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point - Fintragh Bay
Killybegs International Carpet Making & Fishing Centre: www.
Killybegs Information Centre

The Kilcar and Carrick area may be described as a painters paradise with its mountains valleys, beaches and bays.

Studio Donegal:

Scenic views, Sliabh Liag Cliffs Bunglass - situated on the west coast of Donegal, are said to be one of the highest and finest marine cliffs in Europe with a near vertical drop straight down into the wild Atlantic waves below. This creates a breathtaking but extremely scary view.

Sea angling
Sliabh Liag Boat Trips: 
Slieve League Cultural Centre: 

Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Point - Sliabh Liag

These villages near Glencolmcille have wild scenery and dramatic cliffs with fine sandy beaches.

Trabane (Silver Strand)
Glenmalin Court Cairn
Tweeds and hand knits
Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point - Malinbeg

Named after St. Colm Cille, Glencolmcille is located in the scenically splendid Sliabh liag peninsula. This area is renowned for its wealth of traditional culture, music and prehistoric settlements.

Oideas Gael - Irish Language and Cultural Courses
Glencolmcille Folk Village

The Maghera Caves are located here, accessible by walking along dazzling silver beach.

Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point - Glengesh Pass

A wild remote hamlet near which is Ireland's highest Tromore Sea Stack.

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