Barnesmore Gap, Donegal Town

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Barnesmore Gap is a mountain pass or gap situated in the Bluestack Mountains, County Donegal, Ireland. The main Donegal to Ballybofey road, the N15, and former County Donegal Railway run through Barnesmore gap, acting as the main route between south and north Donegal. The name in Irish literally means The Big Gap.
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  • I think the best views are when driving down into the gap from Ballybofey to Donegal town. There are similar drives all over the British Isles, especially in Scotland. The mountains either side of the...  more »
  • Excellent B&B for breakfast and touring Donegal hostess Sheila is very friendly and helpful it was great I could keep my Jack Russell terrier with me in the room.Room was spotless and the shower was e...  more »
  • Barnesmore Gap translated from Irish means the "big gap", and its situated in the Bluestack Mountains between Donegal town and Ballybofey. The Donegal railway used to run through here, connecting sout...  more »

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Where to stay in Donegal Town

The tourist center of Ireland's northernemost region, Donegal Town boasts a number of hotels, hostels, and comfortable accommodations. The lodging here makes it a viable base for discovering the rugged wilderness of the county's coastline. Though there aren't many luxury options in the region, affordable hotels and traditional bed and breakfasts are plentiful in Donegal. Locals recommend staying close to the center of town, unless you want to upgrade to a more indulgent option in Lough Eske, a few kilometers away.
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