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County Donegal

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O'Donnell's County
Encompassing nearly a fifth of the country's coastline, County Donegal remains one of Ireland's wildest regions. Despite its large size, the county houses just over 150,000 residents spread across a landscape of low mountains and natural sea loughs. A bastion of Gaelic culture, the region maintains a distinct cultural identity and a fierce spirit of independence, exemplified by the popular saying "Up here it's different." A place of extremes, County Donegal features a rugged interior and an even rockier coastline, boasting some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Still relatively undiscovered by foreign travelers, this region offers you a chance to discover a quieter side of Ireland largely untouched by commercialization and mass tourism. Make County Donegal central to your Ireland travel plans using our Ireland trip planner.
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Places to visit in County Donegal

LetterkennyTrip planner BEST FOR: Castle, Zoo, Mountain Donegal TownTrip planner BEST FOR: Castle, Nightlife, Landmark CarrickTrip planner BEST FOR: Lookout, Outdoor Activity, Hiking Trail DunfanaghyTrip planner BEST FOR: Landmark, Art Gallery, History Museum ArdaraTrip planner BEST FOR: Gift & Specialty Shop, Historic Walking Area, Bar / Club

Regions of County Donegal

Where to stay in County Donegal

Whether you stay in rural lodging or at the center of one of the region's larger towns, you will be able to experience the unspoiled natural beauty of County Donegal. Consider staying in the northernmost region of Ireland's tourist center, Donegal Town, which has a number of hotels, hostels, and more homey alternatives. Larger towns like Donegal or Letterkenny have the most accommodation options, but smaller villages like Ballyshannon, Kincasslagh, and Buncrana can also make good bases for exploring the countryside or coast. For a true Irish experience, opt for the personal touch of a bed and breakfast.
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