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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.

Railway Heritage Museum
Donegal Town
experience of travelling by train. We hope to see some of our plans implemented in the near future. In Donegal Town we hope to reinstate the track at the Old station House leading into the countryside to enable us to once again run engines out of... More>>
Raphoe Castle, Raphoe
Letterkenny
The Castle is dating back to 1637 and is one of the most impressive buildings in Co. Donegal Visit the Church of Ireland Cathedral which is located on the site of the monastery founded by Adomnán, who wrote the 'Life of Columba' in the late seventh... More>>
Rathmullan Priory
Rathmullan
Rathmullan Priory was founded in 1516 for the Carmelite Order by Owen Roe Sweeney. It survived intact until 1595 when it was plundered by Bingham. However the friars returned and repaired the place. Andre Knox, Bishop of Raphoe, obtained... More>>
Rock of Doon + Doon Well
Kilmacrennan
Inauguration Place of the O' Donnell Chieftains The selection of a Chieftain was with the permission and by the advice of the nobles, both lay and ecclesiastical of the Clan. Those eligible for the high office were required to be of the blood of... More>>
Saint Colmcille Heritage Centre
Churchill
Saint Colmcille or Columba is thought to have been born in Gartan, close to Lough Gartan in County Donegal in approximately 521AD. St Colmcille founded the Irish monasteries at Glencolmcille and Kells and before founding his monastery on Iona in... More>>
Seat of Power Visitor Centre
Lifford
This historic mid 16th Century courthouse has been converted into an award winning heritage centre. More>>
Skull House & Cooley Cross
Moville
At Cooley, near Moville, interesting remains can be visited consisting of the ruins of an ancient church. In the graveyard of this church is a stone-roofed tomb, and a cross stands near the entrance gate hereafter referred to. There are also several... More>>
St Eunans Cathedral
Letterkenny
The cathedral dominates the skyline on all approaches to the town and at night, the warm floodlit and graceful spire is a welcoming sight. When the Cathedral at Raphoe passed to the Church of Irlend after the Reformation, the Catholic Bishop has no... More>>
St Eunans College
Letterkenny
On College Road is St. Eunan's College, built as a seminary in 1904, is a big three-storey castle, heavily picturesque, rectangular, with a round tower at each corner, one conical, the others battlemented. More>>
St. Connells Cultural and Heritage Museum
Glenties
The heritage centre is named after St. Connell Caol who, in the 6th Century founded a monastic settlement on Inniskeel Island, north of Portnoo near Glenties. The museum includes prison cells of the late 19th century courthouse and has many... More>>

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