If you're planning a last-minute summer staycation, then head north to Donegal. There's stunning coastline, blue flag beaches, championship golf courses, fine dining and adventures for people of all ages.?
Here are eight great reasons to hit the northwest this summer?.
1. World Class Wilderness Untouched and virtually unexplored, many parts of Donegal have what National Geographic Traveller describes as world class wilderness. It's one of the reasons the county topped their Cool List for 2017. Cycle the route along Lough Salt (pictured below) and you'll know what we mean?
2. Culinary Delights The food scene in Donegal is growing apace and the county is currently home to the 2017 World Chowder Champion. Expect artisan local produce, homemade treats and delicious seafood caught fresh from the Atlantic that day.
3. Invigoration Guaranteed The Donegal coastline is the perfect playground for all sorts of adventure. From horse riding on the beach, to surfing, abseiling and canoeing, there's a host of adventure and activity centres to help keep you entertained. Pick your favourite spot on the longest coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way and take a dip. Invigoration guaranteed!
4. Culturally Curious Donegal has lots for the culturally curious including heritage walks in seaside towns like Rathmullan or Ramelton, a visit to Glenveagh Castle, Fort Dunree, and walking tours of Letterkenny's Cathedral Quarter.
5. The Donegal Music Tradition You'll always find a trad session in whatever cosy bar you visit; it's one of the reasons the county has produced world renowned musicians like Na Mooney's, The Henry Girls, Clannad, Daniel O'Donnell and Enya.
6. The Northern Headlands. Donegal's northern headlands are ruggedly beautiful and home to some spectacular scenery, including the highest sea cliffs in Europe at Sliabh Liag. Film buffs should check out Malin Head, which features in the next Star Wars movie (due for release in December) or plan your trip for later in the year to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
7. Wild Atlantic Days Donegal's weather may be unpredictable, but that's part of the Donegal magic. Besides, there's plenty of indoor entertainment options, from an 8-screen cinema complex, to children's play centres, leisure facilities and bowling alleys - perfect for those Wild Atlantic Days.
8. Accommodation There's a great selection of three, four and five-star hotels and spas, as well as luxury camping and farmhouse B&B's. Those looking to sleep by the sea, should check out Fanad Lighthouse; it's been lovingly restored and is now one of the coolest places to stay in Donegal.
Base yourself in Letterkenny to experience the best of urban and rural Donegal.? plan your trip at Go Visit Letterkenny