Donegal is one of the largest counties in Ireland. It’s quite isolated in northwestern Ireland (not Northern Ireland, UK, that’s the neighbor), and it’s not on the typical tourist path for first time visitors. It looked remote, unspoilt and beautiful. Of course, we wanted to include it in our road trip itinerary. We spent almost 3 days in Donegal, and fell in love with its wild landscapes, zigzagging coastline and dramatic views!
We try to tell you with pictures what makes it one of our favorite counties we visited on our first trip to Ireland.
Dropping 600 metres into Donegal Bay, Slieve League Cliffs are the tallest in Ireland.
If you hike high enough on the coastal path at Slieve League, you can have a view of several lakes and the ocean below.
You can also see lots of sheep venturing out on the steep coast. Fair enough, you can see lots of sheep anywhere in Ireland. But these ones really found a scenic spot to hang out:
You can also get caught in a sudden storm.
Mount Errigal looks like a dramatic mountain, even though it’s only 751 metres tall. Still, it’s the highest peak in Donegal.
Glenveagh Castle and Glenveagh National Park – where culture and nature blends into each other in perfect harmony.
Lakes that look like they are stolen from a Jane Austen novel.
Ancient ruins and blooming flowers.
Colors. The harmony of green and blue.
Pretty waterfalls, like Assaranca Waterfall. I doubt they ever dry out.
Oh, and if you go there and see none of these, because they are hidden in fog and mist… well, this is Ireland. Embrace or escape! 😛
Have you ever been to Ireland? Any region that you especially liked?
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