County Donegal in detail

When to go and weather

  • Donegal’s wild and rough-hewn but sublime character is forged by its impetuous weather. In winter the howling winds and sheeting rain can feel Arctic, and brutal storms may arrive unannounced. A lot of accommodation options shut up shop for the cold months.
  • In spring and summer, the clouds and short-lived bursts of rain regularly break into brilliant sunshine that transforms brooding pewter skies into brilliant blue and dapples Donegal in light of a beautiful quality. Because everything is open in summer, you’ll also get the pick of traditional-music, storytelling and dance festivals that spring up across the county and even in pubs. Summer nights can also see some of the most ravishing sunsets.