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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.

Burt Castle
Inishowen
Burt Castle is probably the best known castle in the north-west because of it prominent position on a hilltop clearly visible from the Derry-Letterkenny road. There is no path or road to the site of the castle and it is on private land. It is... More>>
Carraickabraghy Castle
Isle Of Doagh
Between the 9th and the 13th century Inishowen was divided into three sectors, Aileach, Bredach and Carraic Brachaidhe (Carraickabraghy) which is situated in the west of Inishowen. On a large rock, named the Friars Rock in the Isle of Doagh, stands... More>>
Cavancor Historic House & Gallery
Lifford
Disabled Access - Yes Toilet - Yes Refreshments No Reserved/unreserved seating - Unreserved Capacity - 50 Directions - From Letterkenny direction, take N14 to Lifford which is 16 miles, about 14.5 miles from Letterkenny, you take a right, its... More>>
Celtic Cross
Letterkenny
The Celtic Cross is located in Cathedral Square, just across from St. Eunan's Cathedral in the town. It was erected to celebrate 2000 years since the birth of Jesus and is the largest Celtic Cross in Europe. More>>
Cloghanmore
Donegal
A large tomb of the enclosed, full-court type, with parallel twin galleries placed at the western end of the court, each divided into two chambers. One of the galleries is roofed with a heavy capstone. Two small unsegmented chambers at the eastern... More>>
Clonca Church & Cross
Culdaff
The church on the site of a monastery founded by St. Buodan was built probably in the 17th century but the lintel over the door, with worn carved figures on it, was taken from an earlier church. In the north-east angle of the church is a grave-slab... More>>
Conwal Parish Church
Letterkenny
The old graveyard surrounding the 17th century Church of Ireland Conwal Parish Church, situated opposite St. Eunan's Cathedral, has many old graves, some dating from the 17th century. The most notable grave is that of Dr. Stopford, whose grandson Dr... More>>
Doe Castle
Creeslough
This medieval fortress was built in the 1500s by Scottish mercenaries, the MacSweeny's. A powerful stone curtain wall surrounds the central tower and this castle is surrounded by the sea on three sides. Doe Castle is entwined in Irish history in... More>>
Donegal Ancestry
Ramelton
A must for those trying to trace their elusive ancestor. The Donegal Ancestry Centre is the official family history research centre for County Donegal and was established to help people trace their Donegal ancestors. Learn more about your surname,... More>>
Donegal Castle
Donegal Town
Donegal Castle built by the O'Donnell chieftain in the 15th century on the river Eske at the centre of Donegal town. Informmation panels chronicle the history of the castle and guided tours are available - 074/9722405 More>>

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