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 Irish in Ardara

West End Cafe

Long known as 'Whyte's' and stuffed with locals, this curtained cafe run by ever-diligent Philomena is beloved for its superfresh fish and chips, but there's also sandwiches, hot specials and super-duper service. Th…
Top Choice Irish in Ardara

Nancy's Bar

This old-fashioned pub-restaurant, in the same family for seven generations, is one of the best local spots for trad-music sessions. It serves superb seafood and chowder and is also the best place in town for a soci…
Top Choice Beach in Glencolumbcille

Malinbeg Beach

At Malinbeg you'll find this sheltered bay bitten out of low cliffs, with 60 steps descending to a gorgeous little sandy beach. It's 6km past the folk village. You may find it deserted.
Top Choice Beach in Glencolumbcille

Doonalt Beach

This lovely sandy beach with brisk waves is in Doonalt, immediately west of the village; access is from the car park opposite the folk museum.
Top Choice Island in Loughrea Peninsula

Iniskeel Island

You can walk out to this tiny island at low tide from the sandy tip of the Blue Flag beach between Narin and Portnoo. St Connell, a cousin of St Colmcille (Columba), founded a monastery here in the 6th century and t…
Top Choice Clothing in Ardara

Eddie Doherty

You can usually catch Eddie Doherty hand-weaving here on a traditional loom. He'll cheerfully explain every step of the process.
Natural Feature in Kilcar & Carrick

Slieve League

The Cliffs of Moher get more publicity, but the cliffs of Slieve League are higher (and free). In fact, these spectacular sea cliffs are among the highest in Europe, plunging some 600m to the ceaselessly churning se…
Viewpoint in Killybegs

Largy Viewpoint

Pull your car in here for excellent, serene and sublime views over the sea. It's west of Killybegs along the R263. On a clear day, you can see four counties from here – Donegal, Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim. Sunsets from…