For that totally unique Irish experience, immerse yourself in everything that this Irish county has to offer and have a ball with Donegal sightseeing tours.
This most northerly county in Ireland with its beautiful beaches, wild landscapes and rugged mountains will capture your heart and leave you with everlasting memories.
Travel along the wild Atlantic Way with guided tours Donegal, and you will be hypnotized by the amazing scenery and steep cliff drops from the roads that are among the best in the world and might just have you holding your breath with every turn you take.
This county is not only known for its beauty; there are many historic sites to visit such as Glenveagh Castle, Buncrana Castle and Doagh Famine Village are to name but a few and, with Donegal cultural tours you can visit them all.
Known for its pinkish glow due to its quartzite peak, the views from Errigal Mountain are stunning, and you do not have to be a mountaineer to get to the top. Hiking tours Donegal will gently show you the easiest way to reach the summit. Read More...
Let Donegal boat tours take you for a sail around beautiful Donegal Bay
If you like to take to the water, let Donegal boat tours take you for a sail around beautiful Donegal Bay with the Bluestack Mountains in the background and if you are lucky you will be able to see the seals on Seal Island.
They say it is a small world, and when in Ireland this becomes particularly evident because everyone knows everyone. Do not be surprised if when meeting someone for the first time, that they know one of your ancestors.
The Irish are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality and after visiting this wonderful county, you will always want to return again to “The Old Sod”.
Top 10 Things to Do in Donegal
Glenveagh Castle is situated in the heart of the mountains among lakes and woods. Guided tours Donegal will show you the mansion and, as it is set in a national park, you can also enjoy walking around the many trails. There are over 16,000 hectares of land to cover, you will be spoilt for choice, and some of the trails that you can take are; the garden trail, the viewpoint trail, the lakeside walk and many more.
Daniel O’Donnell Visitor Centre
There is no getting away from it, Irelands own Daniel O’Donnell has many fans, and Donegal sightseeing tours will take you to the Daniel O'Donnell Visitor Centre where you will learn about the singer's life. Using displays and videos, you will see how the singer progressed from a local boy to an international star. Included are some of his favourite stage outfits and plenty of memorabilia including his wife's beautiful wedding dress.
Wild Atlantic Way
You will never forget this road trip with guided tours Donegal as you drive around this rocky coastline. The Wild Atlantic Way is actually 1600 miles long, so on your Donegal tour, you will only be seeing a fraction of the complete trip. It has been said that along with Route 66, this drive is listed as one of the best in the world. Stop at the many beauty spots and get that perfect photograph to show your friends.
Doagh Famine Village
Visit Doagh Famine Village with Donegal cultural tours. Its museum shows how the country’s rural areas have changed over the centuries. The village contains a selection of real size buildings, including some original homes that were still lived in up to 20 years ago. You will learn about many Irish traditions such as medical cures, Irish wakes and of course the events that led to the devastating potato famine.
The beautiful Glenevin waterfall is located at the top of a short hike through the woods in Clonmany. There are picnic areas on the way to the waterfall which blends in beautifully with the natural landscape. This stunning sight is a must with Donegal sightseeing tours where you will also enjoy crossing the many footbridges and streams via stepping stones; which the children will love, so take a spare pair of shoes with you.
Tory Island is only 14 km off the coast, and with Donegal boat tours you will discover that the island is abundant in history and folklore. Most of the locals speak Irish, and the Islanders are passionate about their traditional music and culture. Tory Islands isolation and the passion of its people have kept its traditions and beliefs alive here that have long vanished elsewhere. You will always get a warm welcome in Tory Island.
Beautiful Portsalon beach is on the shores of Lough Swilly which sweeps gently towards the Atlantic Ocean. There are days where you can have the beach to yourself, especially in the winter months. Ideal for swimming (except for the weather) Donegal boat tours will take you out into the deep blue waters where you can partake in a spot of deep-sea fishing, or just sit back and relax and watch everyone catch the evenings dinner.
Catch the Waves
It is a little-known fact that Donegal is home to some of Irelands best surf spots. With guided tours Donegal, stop at one of the county’s many surf schools and in no time at all, you will surprise yourself as you ride the waves. The surf schools cater for all ages and standards, and there is no need to worry as beginners start in waist-deep waters, so even the children can enjoy paddling at the water's edge under supervision.
Fintown Railway [An Mhuc Dhubh]
This 5km section of railway line is set among spectacular highland scenery and mountains. Even the famous playwright, Brian Friel, referred to Fintown Railway as a unique journey along the shores of a lake as good as any in Switzerland. Let Donegal sightseeing tours take you on this beautiful scenic train journey which lets you take a trip back in time and where even the children will enjoy the ride.
Amuse the Kids in Redcastle
Offering a huge variety of entertainment for children of all ages, You can amuse the kids in Redcastle. The village has one of Irelands leading indoor and outdoor amusement centres. Donegal sightseeing tours will ensure that you and your children have a fantastic day enjoying all of the activities that are on offer and which include dodgems, ball pool, interactive 3 level play system, pirate ship, F1 cars, safari trains and a carousel.
Travel Tips for Donegal
Best Time To Visit Donegal
No matter what time of the year Donegal is one of the most beautiful counties to visit. There is no avoiding the rain, so an umbrella is advisable at any time of the year. Pricing is another factor to take into consideration. With Donegal sightseeing tours the earlier you book you will obviously get your tours cheaper. St. Patricks Day is a huge celebration here so if you wish to visit at this time, book long before March.
Typical Costs in Donegal
Donegal tours and accommodation are usually a lot cheaper than in the major cities in Ireland. Eating out is reasonable, however, always check the menu prices before deciding where to eat. Pub food is not expensive. but if you go to a 5-star restaurant, you can expect to pay much more. Check before you go with Donegal sightseeing tours to get the best possible price as the earlier you book, the less it will cost you.
Know Before Visiting Donegal
The best tip to give you is to book all Donegal sightseeing tours well in advance when planning to visit during festivals or celebrations, especially around St Patricks Day. It is worth knowing that smoking is prohibited in bars and restaurants and alcohol will not be sold to people under the age of 18. While tipping is not compulsory it is expected when you are happy with the service. Always be aware of your surroundings in crowded areas.
Weather in Donegal
It is very difficult to predict the weather in Donegal The summer months are usually mild and sunny (sometimes with rain) which are perfect for Donegal sightseeing tours. The winters are wet and cold with some very heavy snowfalls. It is often said that April is the driest month. No matter what season, Donegal landscapes are always stunningly beautiful so long as you bring your umbrella, a little rain will not harm you.