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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.

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Donegal Town
Donegal Town was originally a plantation town, its central location in the Southwest of the county, at the point where the River Eske enters Donegal Bay, has ensured its development into the thriving commercial centre that it is today. The... More>>
Moross Castle
Fanad
It is generally accepted that the first permanent settlement of the MacSuibhne clan in Ireland was in Fanad. It happened early in the fourteenth century. Led by one named Murchadh Mear (Mear = the Mad), they manned a fleet of small sailing and... More>>
Mountcharles
Mountcharles
Of historical interest in Mountcharles village is an attractive water pump dedicated to Seamus McManus local author and historian of repute. His grave is to be foun in the cemetary of nearby village of Frosses alongside that of his wife Ethna... More>>
Muntermellon Dane's Cove
Dunfanaghy
Tucked between two rocky ridges overlooking Dunfanaghy, with a fine view across to Errigal and Muckish mountains, about 400 m NW of a by-road leading towards Croaghamaddy Hill at the point where it leaves the water’s edge and climbs the hill, this... More>>
Napoleonic seafort
Greencastle
Napoleonic seafort with a martello tower and original cannon positions. The fort was built during the Napoleonic wars to protect the entrance to Lough Foyle. The premises now functions as a fully licensed restaurant and bar with a beer garden... More>>
Ned's Point Fort/Fr Hegarty's Rock
Buncrana
From Swan Park a path leads onto a walk along the beach north of Buncrana. About half a mile along the path, beside Buncrana Lifeboat Station, is Ned's Point Fort, a Napoleonic structure designed to counter the threat of French invasion. The fort... More>>
New Mills Corn and Flax Mills
Letterkenny
The oldest surviving building here is said to be 400 years old. Indeed, the whole complex is an interesting reminder of a stage in the industrial development of this country which has now given way to a more sophisticated, but usually far less... More>>
Northburg Castle Ruins
Greencastle
Greencastle (Northburgh) East of Greencastle village, on Inishowen shore of Lough Foyle . (In ruins) Built by the Earl of Ulster, Richard de Burgo in 1305 to subdue the local O’Donnells and O’Neills. The castle was an important strategic post... More>>
O'Doherty's Keep
Buncrana
O'Doherty's Keep was part of a Norman castle built in the 1300's of which only the Keep remains. In the 15th century the Keep came into the possession of the O'Doherty family, ancestoral rulers of Inishowen. In 1588 the Keep housed soldiers of the... More>>
Rabble Days
Letterkenny
Rabble Days, or Hiring Fairs, were held in Donegal in years gone by when children between the ages of 11 and sixteen were sold for periods of six months to wealthy farmers of the Lagan Valley. These Rabble Days were held annually in May and November... More>>

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