Must-see attractions in Southwestern Donegal

  • Coastal cliffs near the Slieve League in County Donegal.

    Sliabh Liag

    Southwestern Donegal

    The Cliffs of Moher get more publicity, but the cliffs of Sliabh Liag are higher. In fact, these spectacular sea cliffs are among the highest in Europe,…

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    Maghera Strand

    Southwestern Donegal

    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…

  • From Glencolumbkille a road heads inland towards Ardara, through the Glengesh Pass.
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    Glengesh Pass

    Southwestern Donegal

    On a narrow road from Glencolumbcille to Ardara, past remote mountain bogland, magnificent Glengesh Pass (Glean Géis; meaning 'Glen of the Swans'),…

  • A sheep on the cliffs at Malin Beg Beach.

    Malinbeg Beach

    Southwestern Donegal

    At Malinbeg you'll find this stunning, sheltered bay bitten out of low cliffs, with 60 steps descending to a gorgeous little sandy beach. It's 6km past…

  • Iniskeel Island

    Southwestern Donegal

    You can walk out to this tiny island at low tide from the sandy tip of the Blue Flag beach at Narin. St Connell, a cousin of St Colmcille (Columba),…

  • Doonalt Beach

    Southwestern Donegal

    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.

  • Tramore beach

    Tramore Beach

    Southwestern Donegal

    Backed by sand dunes, this remote and beautiful beach is worth a detour. It's south of Kiltoorish; look for a right turn off the R261 just north of…

  • Sliabh Liag Distillers

    Southwestern Donegal

    This artisan gin distillery produces An Dúlamán using a 500L hand-hammered copper still and five Donegal seaweeds that can only be harvested during a full…

  • Fintragh Bay

    Southwestern Donegal

    The best beach in the Killybegs area is at secluded Fintragh Bay, about 3km west of town, a gorgeous stunner of a Blue Flag beach and a must-see. Go down…

  • Studio Donegal

    Southwestern Donegal

    Though mechanised in the 1960s, there has been a hand-weaving tweed mill here for more than a century. Visitors are often invited upstairs to see spinners…

  • St John's Point

    Southwestern Donegal

    The scenic drive from Dunkineely to St John's Point takes you past a ruined castle tower and tantalising views. It's around a 15km journey to the tip…

  • Glencolmcille Folk Village

    Southwestern Donegal

    A museum with a mission, this folk centre was established by the forward-thinking Father James McDyer in 1967 to freeze-frame traditional folklife for…

  • Largy Viewpoint

    Southwestern Donegal

    Pull your car in here for excellent, serene and sublime views over the sea. It's west of Killybegs along the R263. On a clear day, you can see four…

  • Dolmen Ecocentre

    Southwestern Donegal

    Learn about several local prehistoric sites, including the grand Kilclooney More Court Tomb, as well as a tortoise-like passage tomb a short walk up a…

  • Salthill Gardens

    Southwestern Donegal

    Behind century-old stone walls, the lovely contemporary garden design of Salthill Gardens bursts with perennials, roses, lilies and clematis. It's 2km…

  • Assarancagh Waterfall

    Southwestern Donegal

    These impressive falls are a worthwhile stop on the way to Maghera Strand. There's a small makeshift shrine to the left of the waterfall.

  • Ardara Heritage Centre

    Southwestern Donegal

    Set in the old town courthouse, this volunteer-run centre traces the story of Donegal tweed, from sheep shearing to dye production and weaving.

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