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. You'll find 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 quite 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. The long summer nights can also see some of the most ravishing sunsets.