5 Things to Do When You’re in Donegal

Malin Head Sunset

Posted / 21st March 2019

Located in the northwest of Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way, Donegal is a visitor’s paradise with stunning beaches, historic sites, family-friendly venues and scenic drives just waiting to be discovered. Oakfield Park is ideally located for exploring Donegal and is just ten minutes from Letterkenny and Northern Ireland. Discover the best of what Ireland’s most northerly county has to offer this summer. Here are 5 things to do when you’re in Donegal:

 

1. Fanad Lighthouse

 

Fanad Lighthouse can be found at the top of a rocky headland on the Fanad peninsula in north Donegal. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy this coastal corner and take a tour of the lighthouse and learn all about the history. By taking the tour you will learn about the history of the lighthouse and get a guided tour to the top of the lighthouse. Step back in time and enjoy old tales of the light keepers in years gone by. You can even climb to the top of the tower and immerse yourself in the breathtaking views of the land and sea. (Please note, children must be 1.2M to climb the tower.

Fanad Lighthouse is a popular location for photographers to capture shots of the scenic views. The Fanad area is also regularly visited by whales, porpoises and dolphins.

Situated on the northern coast of the Fanad Peninsula in North Donegal, Fanad Lighthouse is approximately a 45 minute drive from Letterkenny.

 

Fanad LighthouseFanad Lighthouse

2. Malin Head – Star Wars

 

If you’re a Star Wars fan, you need to check out Malin Head, which was one of the exclusive Star Wars film locations in Ireland. The most northerly tip of Ireland, Malin village is rich in history, culture, flora, fauna and tangible heritage, which makes for a great day out with family and friends. The perfect place to spend #MayTheFourthBeWithYou…

When sightseeing becomes thirsty work, make sure to pop into the infamous ‘Farrens Pub’, Ireland’s most northerly pub, which welcomed Luke Skywalker himself (actor Mark Hamill).

 

Malin Head is also a popular destination for photographers to capture the Northern Lights which is a scene to behold. Malin Head is within 40 minutes driving distance to Buncrana and just over an hour from Oakfield Park.

 

Malin Head Sunset

Sunset at Malin Head

 

3. Sliabh Liag Cliffs

If you’re in Donegal, standing at the top of the Sliabh Liag Cliffs is a must – experience to feel like you’re at the edge of the world! One of the Wild Atlantic Way signature points, the Sliabh Liag Cliffs are in south Donegal and are one of the highest marine cliffs in Europe, with an astounding 609m drop into the deep blue Atlantic Ocean below.

Often referred to as Slieve League, the attraction offers walks and great photography opportunities along the coastline. Upon arriving, you’ll see the ‘Cliffs Centre’, a family run visitor centre where you’ll find crafts, knitwear, art and maybe even a traditional music session during the summer months! A guided walk up to the cliffs can be booked where you’ll learn about the local wildlife and surroundings. If you’re not afraid of heights, you can drive up to the main viewing area, alternatively, park up and walk to the top!

It’s worth experiencing the local culture and the heritage of the area. Check out local distillery, Sliabh Liag Distillers while you’re there. Ireland’s largest fishing port, Killybegs is just over 30 minutes drive, where you’ll be sure to find an authentic fish and chip shop!

 

Sliabh Liag Cliffs

Sliabh Liag Cliffs

 

4. Ballymastocker Bay

Ballymastocker Bay is also known as Portsalon beach, running alongside championship links course, Portsalon Golf Club. This is a truly spectacular Blue Flag beach which was once voted the second most beautiful beach in the world by readers of the Observer Magazine. Its location on the western side of Lough Swilly (between Rathmullan and Fanad Head) ensures you see the breath-taking views of the Inishowen Peninsula. A real jewel in the crown of the Wild Atlantic Way, Ballymastocker Bay is a must for those who want to experience one of the best beaches in Donegal!

Ballymacstocker Bay

Ballymastocker Bay

5. Ballyliffin Golf Club

If you’re a golf fan, then you need to experience Ballyliffin Golf Club, which hosted the Irish Open in 2018. The two outstanding links courses make up one of the finest golf resorts to be found anywhere in the world; The Old Links and The Glashedy Links. The expansive panoramic views of Donegal’s countryside and coastline won’t be easily forgotten. With hospitality and facilities second to none and a host of fabulous restaurants, hotels, bars and amenities near by, Ballyliffin Golf Club is a great choice for keen golfers visiting Donegal.

 

Ballyliffin Golf Club

Ballyliffin Golf Club

 

Incredible landscapes, stunning coastlines and hidden treasures, Donegal really has it all. Embrace the Wild Atlantic Way at its best and plan a memorable trip to Donegal this year – you won’t be disappointed!