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  • 1. Glenveagh National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Bordered by the Derryveagh Mountains (Derryveagh means "forest of oak and birch"), Glenveagh National Park encompasses 24,000 acres of wilderness...Read More

  • 2. Lissadell House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Standing beside the Atlantic waters of Drumcliff Bay, on the peninsula that juts out between Donegal and Sligo bays, Lissadell is an austere...Read More

  • 3. Slieve League Mountains

    Mountain–Sight

    The dramatic Slieve League cliffs and mountains have become the starting point for the Irish leg of the International Applachian Trail, an extension...Read More

  • 4. St. George's Heritage & Visitor Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    Restored by a local heritage group, St. George's Heritage & Visitor Centre occupies St. George's (Church of Ireland), built in 1827. The...Read More

  • 5. The Model: Home of the Niland Collection

    Museum/Gallery

    The main attraction at the Model, housed in a school built in 1862, is one of Ireland's largest collections of works by 20th-century artists...Read More

  • 6. Attic Memorial at Carrick Workhouse

    Museum/Gallery

    Follow the stylized footprints of a mother and child from St. George's Heritage Centre to the Attic Memorial at Carrick Workhouse to step back...Read More

  • 7. Belleek Pottery Ltd.

    Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    For generations the name Belleek has been synonymous with much of Ireland's delicate ivory porcelain figurines and woven china baskets (sometimes...Read More

  • 8. Bundoran Waterworld

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    When the weather closes in, retreat indoors at Bundoran's Waterworld and Seaweed Baths along the seafront. The bathing facilities are open only...Read More

  • 9. Costello Memorial Chapel

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Ask at the tourist office for a copy of the signposted historical walking-town-trail booklet and accompanying map (€2). A top sight is one of...Read More

  • 10. Creevelea Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded by the Franciscans in 1508, Creevelea was the last community to be established before the suppression of the monasteries by England...Read More

  • 11. Creevykeel

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    One of Ireland's best megalithic court-tombs, Creevykeel contains a burial area and an enclosed open-air court where rituals were performed...Read More

  • 12. Donegal Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Donegal Castle was built by clan leader Hugh O'Donnell in the 1470s. More than a century later, this structure was the home of his descendant...Read More

  • 13. Drumcliff Tea House and Craft Shop

    Store/Shop/Mall

    A good place to buy local crafts, books of W.B. Yeats's poetry, and books about the poet's life, the Drumcliff Tea House and Craft Shop also...Read More

  • 14. Franciscan Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The ruins of the Franciscan Abbey, founded in 1474 by Hugh O'Donnell, are a five-minute walk south of town at a spectacular site perched at...Read More

  • 15. Glebe House and Gallery

    House/Mansion/Villa

    On the northwest shore of Gartan Lough just off R251 is Glebe House and Gallery, a sweetly elegant redbrick Regency manor with 25 acres of gardens...Read More

  • 16. Glencolmcille Folk Village Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Walk through the beachfront Folk Village Museum to explore rural life. This clachan, or tiny village, comprises eight cottages, all of which...Read More

  • 17. House of St. Columba

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Atop the cliff rising north of the village, House of St. Columba is a small oratory said to have been used by the saint himself. Inside, stone...Read More

  • 18. Killybegs International Carpet Making and Fishing Centre

    Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    High-quality hand-knotted and hand-tufted carpets are produced at this factory to order: a square foot costs around €200. Visitors are welcome...Read More

  • 19. Lough Derg

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    From Whitsunday to the Feast of the Assumption (June to mid-August), tens of thousands beat a path to the shores of Lough Derg, ringed by heather...Read More

  • 20. Oideas Gael: Sport & Culture

    Educational Institution

    If you fancy expanding your mind and horizons, both from a sporting and cultural point of view, then Oideas Gael has an excellent selection...Read More

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