Welcome to Donegal Town


On the banks of the River Eske, Donegal town was a stamping ground of the O'Donnells, the great chieftains who ruled the northwest from the 15th to 17th centuries. Today, despite being the county's namesake, it's neither its largest town (the much larger Letterkenny), nor the county town (that's the even smaller town of Lifford).


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Magical Donegal, Castle and Gaeltacht Day Tour

For this day tour, the bus departs from Dublin at 6.45am and arrive back at 7.30 pm in Dublin  Come and experience the most incredible sea and cliff views you'll ever see at Slieve League our our Magical Day Tour from Dublin.Stop at Fintragh Bay to admire Drumanoo Head, Inishduff Island and Muchros Head.Visit Killybegs Harbour, and stop in Donegal Town where we visit the Castle and maybe try your hand at some handweaving!Swooping down from the mountain of Slieve League, it’s a staggering 609m (1,998 feet) drop into the swirling Atlantic Ocean below - and almost three times as high as the Cliffs of Moher!. Watch the actual walk footage from our Drone below on the tour.This is a sacred mountain, as for over a thousand years there was a Christian pilgrimage. There’s much to know about Sliabh League, like the monks who went to Iceland or the eagle and the baby!The scenery all the way up to the Cliffs is spectacular with views of the Atlantic and the Sligo Mountains out in the distance. You also have a great view overlooking Donegal Bay. As you reach the summit you are rewarded with the most beautiful sight of the walk - the cliff face of Bunglas (which simply means "End of Cliff"). See the ruins of a watchtower (as per video below) at the end of Carrigan Head on your journey up also. This watchtower was constructed to defend the northwest coast during the early 19th century when there was the threat of a Napoleonic attack.We then pass through a lovely village called Carrick, before reaching a small harbour village called Teelin. Teelin has a famous Pub called "The Rusty Mackerel" where we stop for a rest.The name of the rusty mackerel came about because way back when there was no refrigeration, they would salt the mackerel in wooden barrels and this way they would keep for months on end without losing their freshness. One of these barrels can be seen still standing outside the front of the pub!Visit historic Donegal Town - home of the O'Donnell Clan and Donegal Castle, and is situated just on the edge of Donegal Bay. The centre of town, known locally as 'The Diamond', is surrounded by bustling cafes, shops, and bars.Stop at Killybegs Harbour which has long been acknowledged as Ireland’s leading fishing port, and a stroll along the pier gives a chance to admire the fishing boats, net menders, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of the seals.

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Wild Atlantic Way Tour-North-6 Days

Day 1:  The Adventure Begins - Galway City & ClifdenThe Wild Atlantic Way – North begins in Galway and ends in Dublin. Once you meet with your group you will travel westward to the picturesque town of Clifden, deep in the wilds of wild and beautiful Connemara. You can spend time here getting to know your fellow travellers in the many pubs and restaurants in this beloved town.Day 2: Connemara & Killary fjordConnemara is the heartland of Ireland for many, it holds the dreamy image of Ireland many picture in their minds.We will visit Connemara National Park and make some photo stops along the way including at Kylemore Abbey, a romantic monastery set among the mountains and lakes. We will then see the working man's view of Connemara when we visit a mountain sheep farm. See a sheep dog demonstration, and maybe have the chance to shear some sheep!  Afterwards, you will do the famous 'Famine Walk' along Killary Harbour where Irish families were ordered to build paths during the famine years in exchange for food.  Day 3:  Achill Island & Wonderful WestportFirstly a megalithic tomb that still stands 5000 years on and the deserted village of Slievemore.Then, be amazed by one of Ireland's most hidden treasures at Keem Bay. You can either swim in the bay or walk along the high sea cliffs with amazing Atlantic views. Afterwards, we will leave Achill by bike and you will experience the Great Western Greenway - an old railway line used by the English gentry. Day 4 :  Sligo & Amazing Beach WalksThis morning's first adventure you will try SUPing, or 'Stand Up Paddling', along what is known as Ireland's Amazon River. From there, we will visit the Victorian seaweed baths at Enniscrone (optional extra)  before we meet Auriel Robinson, a marine historian who is passionate about the area. She will take you on a fascinating guided walk explaining the history of the area and the fate of the Spanish Armada. Day 5: Donegal & The Mighty Slieve League CliffsToday we head along the coast to the long beach at Rossnowlagh. If anyone feels like a quick dip in the ocean, we're happy to join you. We then move further north to Donegal town where we visit impressive Donegal Castle.  Your guide will take you to one of the signature stops of the whole tour. Your Wild Atlantic Way tour will end on a high when we see the highest sea cliffs in Europe at Slieve League! Day 6: Strokestown House & Back To DublinUnfortunately all good things must come to an end and today we are heading back to Dublin. We have one last treat for you as we make a stop at Strokestown House. You will have a guided tour of this stately home. From here, it is only another hour and a half until we say our final farewells in Dublin.