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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.

Glebe House and gallery
Churchill
Regency House, 1828, 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.... More>>
Glencolmcille St Colmcille Pilgrimage
Glencolmcille
Less well known than St Patrick, St Colmcille brought Christianity to the north-west corner of Ireland and the area is named, and its annual pilgrimage held, in his honour. The pilgrimage at Glencolmcille takes place on the on the night of June 9th... More>>
Glenveagh Castle and Gardens
Churchill
Glenveagh castle and gardens are overlooking Lough Veagh, Glenveagh Castle stands atop a slight promontory jutting into the lake. Few buildings in Ireland can boast of as fine a setting. Made from rough-hewn granite, the Castle, a castellated... More>>
Glenveagh National park
Churchill
Glenveagh National Park, managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, lies along the Derryveagh mountains in the northwest of County Donegal. These 16,958 hectares of... More>>
Grianan of Aileach
Inishowen
Grianan of Aileach (Irish: An Grianán an Aileach \ An Grianán Ailigh) are the ruins of an Iron Age stone fortress in County Donegal in the north-west of Ireland which was the seat of the Kingdom of Aileach (Aileach). The kingdoms of Ulaidh and... More>>
Heritage Centre, Ardara
Ardara
This centre has a exhibition on the history of Donegal tweed since the 19th Century using text, photography, artifacts, audio visual displays and demonstrations. Designated as a Bard Fáilte Heritage Town, Ardara is also of Ireland's and Donegal's... More>>
Holy Well
Fanad
The holy well is a good example of how pagan cult was merged into the Christian way of life. The well was a centre of worship in Druidic times. When Christianity was introduced, people still visited the old place, but gradually the practice was... More>>
Inch Castle
Inch Isla
Inch CastleThe Castle was built in the middle of the fifteenth century and although it was mentioned in the grant of Inishowen to Chichester in 1609, it was in a state of disrepair. The walls are built on the edge of a cliff of rubble and split... More>>
Inniskeel Tidal Island
Narin
The Island of Inniskeel has a sacred interest in the present and the past with a long, if broken, history to commemorate its former greatness. It is still the seat of a must-frequented pilgrimage in honour of St. Connell, one of the most remarkable... More>>
Ionad Coislocha
Dunlewey
The weavers reconstructed house DÚN LÚICHE is a small rural community in the Donegal Gaeltacht, lies in unique scenery at the foot of Mount Errigal, the highest mountain in the County. Ionad Cois Locha is situated on the shores of Dunlewey Lough... More>>

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