Top things to do in Northeastern Donegal

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 Modern Irish in Buncrana

Beach House

With picture windows overlooking the lough, this cafe-restaurant can easily be your destination for the day. The seasonal menu focuses on simple flavours superbly executed: there's everything from burgers to seafood…
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 Beach in Culdaff

Culdaff Beach

This Blue Flag beach is great for swimming and windsurfing. You can wander its gorgeous length and get lost in the grassy sand dunes, and there's a fun playground for kids too. Lifeguards are on duty from June to Se…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Rosguill Peninsula

Olde Glen Bar & Restaurant

Authentic down to its original 1700s stone floor, this traditional pub serves a fine pint, while its farmhouse-style restaurant serves outstanding blackboard specials. Food is sourced locally so expect top-quality s…
Historic Site in Northeastern Donegal

Grianán of Aileách

This amphitheatre-like stone fort encircles the top of Grianán Hill like a halo and offers eye-popping views of the surrounding loughs. On clear days you can see as far as Derry. The fort may have existed at least 2…
Historic Site in Culdaff

Clonca Church & Cross

Inside this church is an intricately carved tombstone sporting a sword and hurling-stick motif. The carved lintel over the door is thought to come from an earlier church. Outside, the remains of the cross show the m…