Top Choice Beach in Maghera

Maghera Strand

This astonishing beach is a dream come true, especially if you are rewarded with a gorgeous sunset. Get here during lowish tide to explore the caves in the south end, where some spectacular geology awaits. If you ge…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Ardara

Glengesh Pass

On a narrow road from Glencolumbcille to Ardara, past remote mountain bogland, this magnificent and sublime pass, scoured out aeons ago by implacably vast glacial forces, is approached down several switchbacks that …
Top Choice Historic Building in Donegal Town

Donegal Castle

Guarding a picturesque bend of the River Eske, well-preserved Donegal Castle is an imperious monument to both Irish and English might. Dating from the 15th century, the castle was rebuilt in 1623 by Sir Basil Brooke…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Dunfanaghy

Horn Head

The towering headland of Horn Head has some of the Wild Atlantic Way's most spectacular scenery, with dramatic quartzite cliffs, topped with bog and heather, rearing over 180m high. The narrow road from Dunfanaghy (…
Top Choice Historic Site in Carndonagh

Donagh Cross

The intricate 7th-century Donagh Cross (also called St Patrick's Cross) stands under a shelter by an Anglican church at the west end of town. It's carved with a darling short-bodied, big-eyed figure of Jesus, smilin…
Top Choice Castle in Greencastle

Northburgh Castle

Once known as Northburg Castle and then known as Greencastle, apparently from the stone it was constructed from (but today it very well describes the copious ivy that covers its walls), this imposing but badly crumb…
Top Choice Beach in Portsalon & Fanad Head

Ballymastocker Beach

Once named the second most beautiful beach in the world by the British newspaper the Observer, this tawny-coloured Blue Flag beach is a supremely fine place to while away the hours. It is indeed stunning as you driv…
Top Choice Beach in Glencolumbcille

Malinbeg Beach

At Malinbeg you'll find this sheltered bay bitten out of low cliffs, with 60 steps descending to a gorgeous little sandy beach. It's 6km past the folk village. You may find it deserted.
Top Choice Beach in Glencolumbcille

Doonalt Beach

This lovely sandy beach with brisk waves is in Doonalt, immediately west of the village; access is from the car park opposite the folk museum.
Top Choice Viewpoint in Malin Head

Banba's Crown

On the northernmost tip of Malin Head, called Banba's Crown, stands a cumbersome 1805 clifftop tower that was built by the British admiralty and later used as a Lloyds signal station. Around it are concrete huts tha…