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Fanad Peninsula to Shephaven Bay

Scenic Route 5


Touring Highlights

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Letterkenny is the largest town in Donegal and takes its name from the Gaelic Irish 'Leitir Ceanainn' meaning hillside of the O'Cannon's.

St. Eunan's Cathedral;
County Museum - admission free;
Tourist Office - open all year
Century Cinemas - the ultimate 6-screen cinema experience;
Arena 7 - Entertainment Complex open 7 days a week;
Dizzie Rascals - state of the art indoor activity centre for children up to the age of 12;
Letterkenny Paintball Games - outdoor activity Centre with painball game areas, archery, raft building, military style obstacle course, zip wire and water slide;
Town parks;
Aura Leisure Centre
An Grianán Theatre - North West's premier entertainment venue;
Pitch n Putt;
Newmills Flax and Corn Mills - features a restored mill, parts of which are 300-400 years old;
Alcorns Tropical World Mini Zoo;
Lurgybrack Open Farm;
Letterkenny Activity Centre

Further details also available on the Go Visit Letterkenny website:

It's a scenic village set along the banks of the River Lennon.

Heritage Town;
Game Angling Centre
Killydonnell Friary
'Donegal Heritage Trails' - walking tours of Ramelton and Rathmullan

A popular seaside resort which is well remembered for the historical Flight of the Earls.

Blue Falg Beach
Sea Angling - Rathmullan Charters;
Pitch n Putt;
Kinnegar Brewery - tours take place in Letterkenny at K2, booking is essential;
Rathmullan Sailing Club;
Swilly Ferry - ferry crossing between Rathmullan and Buncrana (seasonal):

Further details available on the Rathmullan website: www.rathmullan.ie

Portsalon is home to Ballymastocker Bay, which is alongside a EU Blue Flag Beach recently voted 'the most beautiful beach in the world'.

Scenic views
Knockalla Mountain
Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point - Ballymastocker Bay

Located at the top of the Fanad Scenic Drive is the Fanad Head. From the grounds of the attractive lighthouse you can see the rugged horn of Dunaff Head across the Bay.

Wild Atlantic Way Signature Point - Fanad Head

Blacksmith's Forge which was built in 1918 and still retains authentic tools and memorabilia, open to the public during the summer season.

Milford lies at the foot of Mulroy Bay and is popular fishing centre for the river Lennon and Lough Fern.

Game Angling Centre
Bunlin Glen Waterfalls and Forest Walks

Grassroutes - electric and hybrid bike hire and cycle tours available
Doon Well - this is a place of pilgrimage where people come to pray for people who are ill

The Rosguill Peninsula, which projects out into the Atlantic between Sheephaven and Mulroy Bay, offers some of the most spectacular views in all of Ireland. Seeing is believing... Travel along the scenic Atlantic Drive and see for yourself. Carrigart is a picturesque village and Downings is the main fishing village.

Blue Flag Beach;
Tweed Shop;
Mevagh Dive Centre - Donegal's first purpose built dive centre;
Rosapenna Golf Course
Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Points - Island Roy and Rosguill Peninsula

Further details available on Visit Downings website:

Atrractively situated at the head of Sheephaven Bay.

Doe Castle - this MacSuibhne castle is protected on the tree sides by the sea;
Ards Forst Park - probably the most beautiful and certainly the most varied of Ireland's forst parks
Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point - Doe Castle

This scenic resort area with Killyhoey beach fringing the Atlantic is a major centre for brown trout anglers and special interest holidays. Follow the Horn Head Drive where you will get a real sense of the power of the sea and the resilience of the land.

Blue Flag Beach
The Workhouse, Dunfanaghy
The Gallery, Dunfanaghy4Horn Head Scenic Drive
Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Points - Marble Hill and Horn Head

A lively town of the edge of the Gaelic speaking area of west Donegal. A good base from which to tackle the climb up Mukish Mountain.

Church and High Cross
An tSean Bheairic Visitor Centre

The slate-grey mass of Muckish Mountain dominates the view as you drive along the windy roads.

Glenveagh National Park - 16,000 hectares of mountains, lakes, woods and wild bog. The Park has a visitor centre, you can take a tour of Glenveagh Castle, which was built in 1870. The castle gardens are among the finest in ireland. Multiple walking trails. Restaurant and Tea Room available.

Located on the banks of the river Lennon with game angling, Kilmacrennan and nearby Doon Well where the water has curative properties and Doon Rock where chieftains were inaugurated in the 13th to 17th centuries, has many associations with the O'Donnell clan.

Lurgyvale Thatched Cottages is now a café (Coffee Time) and AirBnB


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