Newmills Corn & Flax Mills

County Donegal

Parts of this complex date back four centuries to a time when water was the main source of power for multiple tasks, such as grinding grain. One of Ireland's largest waterwheels spins thanks to the River Swilly. Exhibits explain the function of the many cogs and gears. It's 5km southwest of Letterkenny.

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1. Main Street

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2. Donegal County Museum

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3. Colmcille Heritage Centre

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4. Glebe House & Gallery

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5. St Colmcille's Abbey & Birthplace

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6. Glenveagh Castle

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7. Old Tullyaughnish Church

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8. Glenveagh National Park

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