The Northwest Travel Guide
Plan Your The Northwest Vacation
As you drive north to Donegal Town, the glens of the Dartry Mountains (to which Ben Bulben belongs) gloriously roll by to the east. Look across coastal fields for views of the waters of Donegal Bay to the west. In the distant horizon the Donegal hills beckon. This stretch, dotted with numerous prehistoric sites, has become Northwest Ireland's most popular vacation area. There are a few small and unremarkable seashore resorts, and in some places you may find examples of haphazard and fairly tasteless construction that detracts from the scenery. In between these minor resort developments, wide-open spaces are free of traffic. The most intriguing area lies on the north side of the bay—all that rocky indented coastline due west of Donegal Town. Here you enter the heart of away-from-it-all: County Donegal.
True, it's the farthest-flung corner of Ireland, but thanks to the area's popularity, good bed-and-breakfasts and small... read more
Donegal mountain spring lamb, Glen Bay lobster and crab, Donegal Bay oysters and mussels, Lough Swilly wild salmon, freshly... read more
Things To Do in The Northwest
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Gaeltacht Country: Venture to the seaside village of Ard an Ratha to listen to the seductive rhythms of locals conversing in full... Read more
During 2013, Sligo will be a key destination hub in what is billed as Ireland's biggest tourism event, The Gathering—an initiative to... Read more
County Donegal was part of the ancient kingdom of Ulster not conquered by the English until the 17th century. When the English withdrew in... Read more
Most of the Aran sweaters you'll see throughout Ireland are made in County Donegal, the area most associated with high-quality, handwoven... Read more
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