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Heritage

For an unrivalled heritage experience that will be remembered long after your holiday, Donegal is that special place. With our many Heritage Sites, Museums, Parks and Wildlife; we offer a tapestry of experiences, including an insight into our traditions and culture, music, song and dance, our written heritage, and the many examples of our built heritage.

Why not visit spectacular Glenveagh National Park and Castle. This national treasure has extensive gardens and grounds, extending to 16,000 hectares; with rare raised bog, lakes and woodland, the largest herd of red deer in the Ireland, and where the majestic Golden Eagle soars freely over the Derryveagh Mountains.

For those interested in our rich military history, why not visit the museum at Fort Dunree, in its magnificent setting on the cliff top at the entrance to Lough Swilly and 12km north of Buncrana. See the breathtaking Stone structure at Grianagh an Aileach, the seat of High Kings, at Burt.

In Donegal Town the castle built by the O'Donnell chieftain in the 15th century overlooks the Eske River. The restored castle is furnished throughout and includes Persian rugs and French tapestries. Daily guided tours.

At Churchill the Glebe House & Gallery Regency House, 1828, is set in woodland gardens, decorated with William Morris textiles, Islamic and Japanese art etc. The collection includes 300 works by leading 20th century artists; Picasso, Kokoshka as well as Irish and Italian artists.

Newmills Corn and Flax Mills, near Letterkenny, is an interesting reminder of a stage in the industrial development of this country. The visitor to Newmills can experience the pleasure of seeing one of the largest waterwheels in Ireland in action as it drives the corn mill.

Parts of Donegal’s rich archaeological, literary and cultural heritage can be viewed while walking the many heritage and town trails. Many are signposted along the way with historical facts and folklore. The choice is yours: Coastal Walks, Looped Walks, Waymarked Ways, Heritage and Town Trails.

Our Irish language – Gaelic - is strong in the many Gaeltacht regions, particularly in West Donegal. There and throughout the county you will receive a warm welcome to music, song and dance sessions. You can visit the birthplace of Clannad, the Daniel O’Donnell Visitors Centre in Dungloe, or see the impressive sculpture of rock legend, Rory Gallagher, in Ballyshannon.

These are just a few of the many jewels that await you on your visit to Donegal, where it is really different.

Abbey Assaroe Mills and Waterwheels
Rossnowlagh
Located on Rossnowlagh road from Ballyshannon for 500m, turn left and follow signs at Abbey Graveyard. Opening Times Easter and June to September: 11.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. Rest of year Sundays: 2.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Description Irish history. The... More>>
An Tsean Bheairic
Falcarragh
Here at the Donegal's Visitor Resource Centre, you can immerse yourself in the lives of our rural ancestors from Falcarragh and its surrounding region. Falcarragh, one of the last remaining Gaeltacht regions in Donegal is a market town, and is set... More>>
Archeological Walks County Donegal is rich in archeological monuments, from megalithic tombs to early christian sites, ship wrecks to WW2 plane crash sites. For more details contact Slieve League Cultural and Archeological Resource Centre. More>>
Ardara
Ardara
Ardara is one of Donegal's unique heritage towns and a major centre for the manufacture of hand-woven tweed. As befits such a town there are a large number of tweed and knitwear shops located along the main street. The importance of Ardara as a... More>>
Ardara Ring Fort
Ardara
The Irish name for Ardara is "Ard a' Rátha" which means "The height of the fort". It is from the town's fort that Ardara gets its name. The fort is a ring fort and is situated on the Glenties Road (The N56). Forts, in ancient times,... More>>
Balleghan Abbey, Manorcunningham
Letterkenny
On the shore of Lough Swilly near Manorcunningham stand the ruins of an old abbey. As described in Maguire’s ‘History of the Diocese of Raphoe’ ,The general belief is that the Balleighan Abbey was founded by Hugh Dubh O’Donnell in the beginning of... More>>
Bamba's Crown
Carndonagh
You will find at Bamba's Crown, Ireland's most northerly point, the Tower, which was built in 1805 as.a Lloyds Signal Station. In its early days this was a major news link between America and Europe. From the moment you enter the Malin Head area... More>>
Beltany Stone Circle, Raphoe
Letterkenny
DescriptionStanding on a hill approx 2 kilometres from Raphoe is the enigmatic Beltany Stone Circle. This is one of Ireland's largest and most important stone circles and is believed to date back to 3,000 B.C. A place of ancient ritual the 64... More>>
Bocan Stone Circle
Culdaff
Bocan Stone Circle, Culdaff, Inishowen, Co Donegal The Bocan Stone Circle contains seven stones. In 1816, there were a total of twelve upright stones. An examination of stone circles in other parts of the country shows that the number of stones was... More>>
Bridge of Sorrows
Falcarragh
Almost all of the Donegal Relief Fund Immigrants to Australia passed this way. People leaving the west side of Muckish Mountain and heading for the port at Derry needed to pass this way, so thousands on their way to Australia and America would have... More>>

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