Glenveagh National Park
One of the country's largest national parks, Glenveagh covering nearly 16.000 ha with lakes, glens and woods. The park includes the highest mountain in Donegal, Mount Errigal. It's also home to the largest herd of red deer in Ireland.
Located on the west side of the Fanad Peninsula between Rathmullan and Portsalon, this sandy beach belongs to the most beautiful beaches in the world with spectacular views over the coast and to the Inishowen Peninsula.
598 m jut out Europe's highest cliffs from the sea! To reach the car park is definitely "adventurously", but if you can enjoy it, you will be overwhelmingly rewarded. There are also boat trips available in Teelin and Killybegs.
The Hills of Donegal
Fort Dunree (Inishowen)
Near to the spot where 1798 Wolfe Tone was brought ashore, a small fort was erected to guard against the possible return of a French invasion fleet. In the late 19th century the fort was enlarged but finally transferred to Ireland in 1938.
Rathmullan is a lovely holiday-town with a 3 km long beautiful sandy beach. Beside the harbour is the Flight of the Earls Heritage Centre established in a fort from 1880, where you could find out more about that important date in Irish history.
Horn Head lies to the north of Dunfanaghy. It rises 180m straight out of the Atlantic and offers a wonderful view of the northwest coastal line. There is a phantastic scenic drive around the peninsula with even better spectaluar views.
The Wild Atlantic Way on Ireland’s west coast leads you through one of the world’s most dramatic coastal landscapes from Cork to Malin Head in County Donegal. A landscape on the edge of Europe that has shaped the development of its people, communities and settlements, a landscape that has inspired its own particular language, literature, art, song and dance. It is a place of many natural features - seascapes, sea-life, cliffs, mountains, glens, Loughs, trails and pathway. It’s a place to experience nature at its wildest, a place to explore the history of the Gaels and their religion; a place to experience great events, great food and drink, great music and the famed Irish 'craic' (fun).
As part of this drive a quirky but informative travel guide - 50 Secrets of the Wild Atlantic Way - has been designed to highlight some of the hidden treasures along the route – places where the locals like to go and which may lie off the beaten track – giving visitors the opportunity to get a true Irish experience.