Donegal travel guide

Donegal Tourism | Donegal Guide

You're Going to Love Donegal

Ireland is most famous for its rolling green countryside, quaint village towns and welcoming pubs. Donegal, located in the northern part of the Republic of Ireland, is popular among tourists for its close access to hiking, ancient castles and jagged coastline views.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Donegal

1. Glenveagh

This vegetative area features lakes, castles and mountains and is the second largest national park in Ireland.

2. Doagh Famine Village

Tour guides lead you around historic 19th century buildings recounting Irish history and traditions along the way.

3. Wild Atlantic Way

This scenic 2,500km driving route takes you along the Atlantic coast of Ireland down through Galway to County Cork.

4. Donegal Castle

The ancient castle was fully restored in the 1990s and is located in the center of Donegal town.

5. Malin Head

This small hike offers beautiful ocean views and is the northernmost point in the Republic of Ireland.

Where to Eat in Donegal

The Olde Castle Bar is a quaint stone restaurant serving traditional Irish food and beers. Meal prices are between 15-20 euros.

When to visit Donegal

Donegal in March
Estimated hotel price
C$ 122
1 night at 3-star hotel
Donegal in March
Estimated hotel price
C$ 122
1 night at 3-star hotel

Ireland is famous for its rainy weather, which makes the summer months between June-September the most popular time to visit and take in the idyllic green countryside.

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How to Get to Donegal

Plane

Donegal airport is located 2km in Carrickfinn in Northwest County Donegal. AerLingus and Ryanair flights from London to Donegal are around 65 euros one way.

Train

The Donegal Railway Station has been closed for use since 1960 and is now a railway museum.

Car

The journey from Dublin takes around 3 hours and crosses through Northern Ireland through the N3 and N15 motorways.

Bus

Bus Éireann and Euroline buses offer connections to Donegal from other Irish cities, with prices around 60 euros one way.

Airports near Donegal

Airlines serving Donegal

British Airways
Good (742 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (1,000 reviews)
Aer Lingus
Good (192 reviews)

Where to stay in Donegal

The Hotel Harvey's Point is a luxury rural hotel near the Bluestack Mountains, with average nightly prices starting at 200 euros.

Popular neighbourhoods in Donegal

The Diamond - This area is the poetic, musical and cultural center of the city, with lots of events and performances throughout the year.

Letterkenny - There are more shopping malls, cinemas and modern activities in this nearby northern city.

Murvagh - The sandy beaches and surfing opportunities of this area make it a popular destination for water sport enthusiasts.

Where to stay in popular areas of Donegal

Most booked hotels in Donegal

Harvey's Point Hotel
Excellent (9.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 368+
Mill Park Hotel
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
C$ 225+
Lough Eske Castle
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
C$ 417+
Jackson's Hotel & Leisure Club
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 118+
The Central Hotel Donegal
Good (7.7, Good reviews)
C$ 134+
The Abbey Hotel Donegal
Good (7.5, Good reviews)
C$ 153+
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How to Get Around Donegal

Public Transportation

The small city does not offer any metro or regular bus servies. However, long-distance buses are the most common way of exploring this northern Irish region.

Taxi

Tariffs start at 4.5 euros and cost around 13 euros for a ride around the city center.

Car

Rental vehicle prices start at 100 euros a day and can be picked up at either of the airport or downtown branch locations.

The Cost of Living in Donegal

Shopping Streets

The Courtyard Shopping Center Letterkenny is the biggest modern shopping mall with standard worldwide brands. The Donegal Craft Village sells more boutique paintings, glassware and crafts from local artisans.

Groceries and Other

The main food shopping markets are Aldi, Mace and SuperValu. A dozen eggs costs 2.3 euros.

Cheap meal
C$ 17.17
A pair of jeans
C$ 85.81
Cappuccino
C$ 3.58
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