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Towns & Regions

Donegal has abundance of spots to simply stop and take in the breathtaking views. And from top to bottom, it’s also home to wonderful towns and villages where you can make your base and really get under the skin of this close-knit communities.

Ardara Heritage Town

Ardara, one of the five designated heritage towns in Donegal, is situated in the beautiful south west region of Donegal. Close by is the Owenea River, where the salmon and trout fishing is widely regarded as one of the best in the country. Just outside the town is the spectacular Glengesh Pass on the road to Glencolumbkille. The town boasts top class blue flag beaches and a first rate links gol…

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Ballyshannon Heritage Town

Ballyshannon meaning The Mouth of Seannachs ford is stiuated at the mouth of the River Erne in south Donegal. The river Erne that flows through Ballyshannon marks the southern boundary of historic Tir Chonaill. Sites dating back to Neolithic times have been excavated in and around the town of Ballyshannon showing evidence of early human settlements Ballyshannon had long been an important stro…

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Moville Heritage Town

The picturesque town of Moville lies on the western banks of Lough Foyle, County Donegal, where the Bredagh River flows into the sea. The name Moville has two possible Gaelic origins, translated from Bun a Phobail, meaning ‘Foot of the Parish’ or Magh Bhile, meaning ‘Plain of the Ancient Tree’. Until the mid 18th century the area consisted of undeveloped agricultural land with the exception of a n…

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Ramelton Heritage Town

Ramelton, one of the five designated Heritage Towns in Donegal, is a vibrant and visually stunning town, nestling on the slopes of the Lennon River. Its rich cultural heritage lends the town a distinctive visage with many well preserved Georgian buildings. According to archaelogical evidence thee have been settlements in the Ramelton area since the early Stone Age and there is evidence of a Viki…

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Raphoe Heritage Town

Raphoe is one of the five heritage towns in Donegal. It is also known by its Irish name Ráth Bhoth which means ‘Ringfort of the Huts’. The name is believed to have come from the huts that were built on the monastic settlement by St. Colmcille. (550AD). Raphoe is situated in the rich and fertile land of Laggan Valley near the Deele River. The town of Raphoe is a typical 17th Century plantatio…

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