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The Many Faces of Donegal

For many years now, County Donegal has been firmly established as one of the premier tourism destinations within Ireland. Throughout this time, Donegal has been many things to many people. Anyone who visits this truly unique county, will take away with them memories and experiences that are highly personalised that will live long after the encounter.

So what is it about Donegal that makes it so special?

Donegal is a county of vast expanses, extremes and excitement. Situated in the North West of Ireland, the ingredient of the tourist experience of this magical county is the people who inhabit it. Indeed, it is a testament to the friendliness and welcoming nature of the people of Donegal, that many who now reside there are not necessarily native to the region. Many of these people of the ‘new’ Donegal have since become some of the county’s greatest ambassadors, at home and abroad. And why not?! It is the jewel in the crown of a country renowned for its tourist attractions. A cradle of the Irish tradition of music, song and craic that almost permeates the countryside.

When one visits Donegal, the unique welcome that is afforded the visitor does not come from its rugged landscape, nor its many islands, or from its glorious coastline either. It comes from the greeting of the lone walker on one of its 13 Blue Flag beaches or mountain walks. From the chatter of the family descending Errigal mountain. From the socialising shopper in any of its bustling towns. 
From the assured guidance of the surf instructor in the world class surf of Bundoran.  From the jovial banter of publican and punter savouring one of the county’s fine craft beers. From the shrieks of excited children in any of its numerous playgrounds and adventure parks.

Donegal is one of three counties of Ulster that is not in Northern Ireland. It is the most northerly point of the island that remains in the south! It is a county that is steeped in Irish culture and heritage that transcends borders and traditions. The county’s many regions are connected by many newly established cycle routes and the longest stretch of the famous Wild Atlantic Way, a coastal tourist route that spans the western seaboard of Ireland.

Donegal is also a mystical county of ancient sites and folklore, where little minds can be fired up to take flight across the realms of imagination. A place where all cultures, old and new, are accepted wholeheartedly. Where smiling faces are generous with their time and with their surroundings. It’s as if they realise just how special this extreme North West corner of Europe is; and want to share its treasures and secrets with all who take the time to take in the splendour of the county that has so much to offer.

 Donegal is an area of outstanding natural beauty but is also a county of people who are the face of modern Ireland. Optimistic and open-minded, with an eye for detail who excel in customer service. Where luxury accommodation, superb cuisine, and easily accessible amenities are part and parcel of the visitor experience.

A county where you can take in the breath-taking scenery of places like Malin Head, Fanad Lighthouse, and the sea cliffs of Slieve League as you begin your Wild Atlantic Way adventure, or settle into the welcoming cosiness of a relaxing stay in some of the most unspoilt countryside in the whole of Ireland. A county with an array of activities that are second to none, and a variety of regional landscapes within its vastness that make it appear like a miniature province. All that is left is for you to explore it, create your own memories and discover the many faces of Donegal.

Experience a place where everyone feels welcome and everyone feels at home.  Donegal, has it all!