Top things to do

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 from the 15th century, the castle was rebuilt in 1623 by Sir Basil Brooke…
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 and seafood platters (€28.95), plus steaks and burgers. The fish and chips…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Donegal Town

Donegal Craft Village

You won't find any canned leprechauns or Guinness T-shirts here. Instead this huddle of craft studios showcases pottery, ironwork, handwoven fabrics, glasswork, jewellery and more. It's signposted 1.5km south of tow…
Top Choice Pub in Donegal Town

Reel Inn

The best craic in town is invariably found at this old-school pub where the owner plays the button-box accordion, his wife has an amazing singing voice and pals join in traditional-music sessions most nights.
Cafe in Donegal Town


In the far corner of Donegal's craft village, this small cafe has a big, big reputation for fine food. Along with the excellent coffee and luscious cakes, the blackboard specials feature seasonal local produce whipp…
Irish in Donegal Town

Harbour Restaurant

Seafood gets the royal treatment at this popular local haunt, with its nautical theme, bare stone walls and plush furnishings. But the menu spans every Irish dinner classic as well as international staples such as p…
Cafe in Donegal Town

Blueberry Tearoom

A perennial and cosy local favourite, this cafe serves simple, honest food in hearty portions as well as fine coffee. Expect soup, toasties, quiche, panini, sticky cakes of all descriptions and killer cheesecake.
Clothing in Donegal Town


One room of this small, upmarket and historic department store is devoted to Donegal tweed, which has been produced here since 1866.
Monument in Donegal Town

Diamond Obelisk

In the early 17th century, four Franciscan friars, fearing that the arrival of the English meant the end of Celtic culture, chronicled the whole of known Celtic history and mythology. Starting 40 years before the bi…