There’s a lot to keep you busy in Donegal, from 4,000-year-old-ring forts to Ireland’s most northerly point
Ardnamona Gardens, Lough Eske, County Donegal
A wilderness until the 19th century, Ardnamona Gardens is now thriving with an exceptional collection of trees, shrubs and rhododendrons. In 1991, Ardnamona was declared a National Heritage Garden.
Located in the heart of Donegal town on the banks of the River Eske, Donegal Castle was built in 1474 by Hugh Roe O’Donnell. It has now been restored to its former glory and is well worth a visit.
Glenveagh National Park, County Donegal
This stunning park encompasses 14,000 hectares of mountain, raised bogland, lakes and woodlands dissected by the valley that gives the park its name. The Golden Eagle was reintroduced to the park in 2000 after 100 years of extinction. There’s also a castle and magnificent gardens on site.
This 4,000-year-old ring fort is another of Ireland’s most important ancient sites. The great stone cashel is thought to have been built by the Tuatha De Danann, God and King of Ireland, to protect the grave of his son Aedh.
Ireland’s most northerly point is a place of spectacular natural beauty and the surrounding area boasts craggy coastline and pristine beaches.
With the highest sea cliffs in Europe, fantastic mountains and sweeping landscapes, amazing coastal walks are a speciality whether you want to go it alone, or make a trip with an organised walking tour.