Top things to do

Top Choice Beach in Maghera

Maghera Strand

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 the south end, where some spectacular geology awaits. If you ge…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Ardara

Glengesh Pass

On a narrow road from Glencolumbcille to Ardara, past remote mountain bogland, this magnificent and sublime pass, scoured out aeons ago by implacably vast glacial forces, is approached down several switchbacks that …
Top Choice Historic Building in Donegal Town

Donegal Castle

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

Leo's Tavern

You never know who'll drop by for one of the legendary singalongs at famous, long-standing Leo's Tavern. There's live music nightly in summer and regular sessions throughout the winter, with fine Irish pub grub too.…
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 Historic Site in Carndonagh

Donagh Cross

The intricate 7th-century Donagh Cross (also called St Patrick's 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, smilin…
Top Choice Castle in Greencastle

Northburgh Castle

Once known as Northburg Castle and then known as Greencastle, apparently from the stone it was constructed from (but today it very well describes the copious ivy that covers its walls), this imposing but badly crumb…
Top Choice Seafood in Greencastle

Kealy's Seafood Bar

Family-run for over 25 years, 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 culi…
Top Choice Beach in Portsalon & Fanad Head

Ballymastocker Beach

Once named the second most beautiful beach in the world by the British newspaper the Observer, this tawny-coloured Blue Flag beach is a supremely fine place to while away the hours. It is indeed stunning as you driv…
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 classics such as Donegal Bay oysters or mussels, Irish stew, seafood platters (€28.95), plus steaks and burgers. The fish and chips we…