Top things to do in Northwestern Donegal

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 Modern Irish in Dunfanaghy


It 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 inventi…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Burtonport & Kincasslagh

Danny Minnie's Restaurant

A beacon of family-run fine dining since 1962, this very popular village restaurant is known for food that's inventive and seasonal. The chef is Brian O'Donnell, who has a Gaeltacht cooking show on Irish TV. Antique…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Dunfanaghy

Starfish Cafe & Bistro

Pretty in blue, this fresh and cheery bistro excels from breakfast through lunch. At any time the baked goods beguile and there's all sorts on the menu, from French toast and handmade granola to rhubarb and raspberr…
Top Choice Pub in Dunfanaghy

Molly's Bar

One look inside the creamy-hued Molly's Bar and you'll want to stay. A wonderfully old-fashioned pub with proper snugs, it hosts regular live music (traditional, jazz, blues and more), while the terrace is the place…
Top Choice Beach in Falcarragh & Gortahork

Magheraroarty Beach

A beautiful beach that curves for more than 3km, with good walks along the shore and through the dunes. Even better are the views out to the islands, including Tory.
Area in Dunlewey

Poisoned Glen

With a name like this – misnomer that it is – how can you resist its allure? Follow a rough walking path into the rocky fastness of the glen (4km round trip) and watch out for the green lady – the resident ghost. So…
Mountain in Dunlewey

Errigal Mountain

The pinkish-grey quartzite peak of Errigal Mountain (752m) dominates the landscape of northwestern Donegal, appearing conical from some angles, but from others like a ragged shark's fin ripping through the heather b…
Wildlife Reserve in Dunfanaghy

Ards Forest Park

Anyone looking to stretch their legs will love this forested park, criss-crossed by marked nature trails varying in length from 2km to 13km. Covering 480 hectares along the northern shore of the Ards Peninsula and 5…