Visit Donegal? 10 Celtic Destinations

Visit Donegal Ireland's Main Fishing Port At KillybegsKillybegs Donegal Ireland's main fishing port

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Unique Celtic Heritage, Culture And History. Stunning Scenery. Leisure. Adventure. More

Enjoy Celtic Sightseeing And The 'Great Outdoors' When You Visit DonegalHorse-riding near Sheephaven Bay, Donegal

County Donegal Ireland is blessed with a wide range of wonderful attractions.  No matter which part you visit, you're never far from Celtic heritage and culture, magnificent scenery, entertainment and lots of fun activities.  This dramatic county is larger, and takes longer to travel than you might expect, though.

So how do you choose your ideal destination to make the most of your Donegal visit?  Naturally, you'll want to be reasonably close to those attractions that interest you the most.

To help you decide, here are ten of the best Celtic destinations in Donegal and their nearest attractions.  Select one or two and base your entire vacation there when you visit Donegal, or travel around and experience as many as you like, however you like...

Visit Donegal's Top Celtic Towns

Donegal Town

Hotels In Donegal Town Reflected In The Estuary, County Donegal, IrelandHotels reflected in River Eske Estuary

Picturesque Donegal Town is positively oozing with Celtic history and heritage.  See Donegal Abbey and Donegal Castle, built by a Celtic Chieftain.  Visit Donegal Railway Heritage Centre, enjoy a waterbus cruise, go shopping, be entertained.

Donegal Town is also well situated for day trips to Celtic heritage sites, the Slieve League sea cliffs,  beaches, golf and more.

Donegal Town Attractions...
Donegal Town Day Trips...

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Fishing Boats And St. Mary's Church Reflected In Killybegs Harbour, Donegal, IrelandSt. Mary's Church, Killybegs Harbour

Visit Donegal and Ireland's main fishing port to explore the Celtic southwest, a region stunning in beauty, history and heritage.  Plus discover unique attractions in Killybegs town.

See thatched Irish cottages, pretty Gaeltacht villages, early Christian Celtic crosses, prehistoric tombs, the Slieve League cliffs, Atlantic beaches.  Take boat trips.  Go diving.

Or visit Donegal's top attractions on an epic Atlantic cruise.  Excursions from Killybegs.

Killybegs Donegal Ireland Attractions...
Killybegs Donegal Ireland Cruise Port...

Bundoran Beach Resort

Atlantic waves, Tullan Strand, Donegal Bay

Combine fishing, golf, world class surfing and other outdoor activities with day trips to key Celtic heritage sites, scenery and nature at this popular resort.  Bundoran is ideal for exploring South Donegal, as well as counties Leitrim and SligoVisit castles, monasteries, megaliths, mountains and more.


The First Celts To Visit Ireland Made Their Home On Inis Saimer, Ballyshannon, DonegalInis Saimer, home of Ireland's first Celts

Ireland's oldest town is steeped in Celtic heritage and a unique, diverse history.  The first Celts to arrive settled here.  The 12th century Celtic Abbey Assaroe is on the outskirts of town.

St.Patrick, Celtic Kings, the link between the Famine workhouse and a Rock guitar legend, a Frankenstein connection, and more.

Bundoran Day Trips Part 2 (Ballyshannon)...
Bundoran Day Trips Part 3 (Abbey Assaroe)...
Nearby: Rossnowlagh Beach...  Bundoran...
               Kilbarron Church...  Castle Ruins...


The Cathedral Of Saints Eunan And Columba In Letterkenny, Donegal, IrelandCathedral of Saints Eunan and Columba

Donegal's largest town, the historic cathedral town of Letterkenny, is a busy center for shopping, entertainment, Celtic culture and heritage, hospitality, sports, leisure and art.

The town, near scenic Lough Swilly estuary, is a short drive from top attractions like Glenveagh National Park with its red Irish deer, Grianan of Aileach, Sheephaven and Mulroy Bay.

It is also an ideal destination if you plan to explore the Gartan area, birthplace of Saint Columba of Iona Scotland and rich in early Celtic Christian heritage.


Coastal Ardara, South West Donegal, Is Near Mountains, Rivers, Celtic HeritageHistoric Ardara, South West Donegal

Ardara on the southwest coast is famous for handwoven Donegal tweed fabric, aran knitwear and traditional Celtic music.

Visit Glengesh Mountain Pass, Sheskinmore Nature Reserve, and Assaranca waterfall.

Enjoy Atlantic beaches.  Explore historic Inishkeel island and the pre history cromlech, Kilclooney portal tomb.

This is an ideal spot for Irish traditions, heritage and the 'great outdoors'.

Visit Donegal's Other Top Celtic Destinations

Saint John's Point Peninsula

Killaghtee early Celtic Cross, c. AD589

This long, narrow, scenic peninsula stretches about ten kilometers south-westwards into the Atlantic ocean and Donegal Bay.  It is punctuated by a pretty lighthouse at one end, and the village of Dunkineely at the other.

See a pre history triple wedge tomb, as well as the early Christian Celtic Killaghtee Cross.  Enjoy diving, fishing and walking in nature.

St Johns Point Donegal Heritage And Nature...

Cruit Island

Remote Cruit Island in the Rosses Gaeltacht

If you want to escape the 'fast lane' for a secluded seaside cottage, why not choose a traditional Irish cottage on a remote island!  You won't need a boat to reach pretty little Cruit, though.  It is conveniently connected to the mainland by a short bridge.

Cruit is in the Rosses Gaeltacht region, on Donegal's remote West coast near Dungloe.

Enjoy scenic nature walks, play golf, relax.

Cruit Island Co Donegal Idyllic Escapes...

The Inishowen Peninsula

Misty Fields On Donegal Hills In Ireland, Seen From Grianan Of Aileach, InishowenMisty fields on Inishowen hills

This heritage-rich peninsula boasts ancient Grianan of Aileach of the Celtic Tuatha de Danann tribe and various Celtic kings, St.Patrick's Celtic High Cross in Carndonagh, Fahan Cross, Doagh Irish Famine village and numerous other historic sites and attractions.

Malin Head, the most Northerly point in Ireland is here, with some of Donegal's most breathtaking scenery and best Atlantic beaches.

The Donegal Gaeltacht Region

Errigal Mountain Is In Ireland's Donegal GaeltachtErrigal Mountain, from Magheraroarty

The Celtic language Gaelige, or Gaelic (Irish) is still spoken, alongside English in this extensive region, mostly along West, Northwest, and Southwest Donegal.

Enjoy Celtic culture and music, learn Irish, uncover a rich Celtic history.  Climb Errigal Mountain for stunning panoramic views of Donegal and Atlantic islands.

Famous Irish people and groups from here include  Enya, Clannad, Altan and Daniel O'Donnell.

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