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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…
Top Choice Historic Building in Donegal Town

Donegal Castle

Guarding a picturesque bend of the River Eske, Donegal Castle remains an imperious monument to both Irish and English might. Dating to the 15th century, the castle was rebuilt in 1623 by Sir Basil Brooke, along with…
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 Pub in Gweedore

Leo's Tavern

You never know who'll drop by for one of the legendary singalongs at famous Leo's Tavern. There's live music nightly in summer and regular sessions throughout the winter. It serves great Irish pub grub. From Crolly,…
Top Choice Historic Site in Carndonagh

Donagh Cross

The intricate 7th-century Donagh 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, smiling impishly. Flanking the cross ar…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Dunfanaghy

Cove

Looks unprepossessing from the outside, but owners Siobhan Sweeney and Peter Byrne are perfectionists who tend to every detail in Cove's art-filled dining room, and on your plate. The cuisine is fresh and inventive.…
Top Choice Island in Loughrea Peninsula

Iniskeel Island

You can walk out to this tiny island at low tide from the sandy tip of the Blue Flag beach between Narin and Portnoo. St Connell, a cousin of St Colmcille (Columba), founded a monastery here in the 6th century and t…
Top Choice Seafood in Greencastle

Kealy's Seafood Bar

This bistro offers locally caught seafood so fresh you almost have to fight the harbourside seals for it. Its unpretentious nautical-style polished timber decor belies its numerous culinary awards. It’s a splendid s…
Top Choice Irish in Donegal Town

Olde Castle Bar

This ever-busy pub off the Diamond serves some of the area's best food. Look for upmarket classics such as Donegal Bay oysters, Irish stew, seafood platters (the €29 one is spectacular), plus steaks and burgers. The…
Top Choice Pub in Ballyshannon

Dicey Reillys Bar

This old city-centre pub stays vibrant through constant reinvention. A new cocktail bar upstairs offers stylish contrast to the old pub downstairs where on most nights you'll hear live rock and blues, and a Rory Gal…