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On this delightful vacation we explore the unspoilt highlights of County Donegal in the stunning north of the Republic of Ireland, a county peppered with picturesque towns and abundant in natural beauty. We take in some of the breathtaking coastal scenery from different perspectives, including a cruise around Donegal Bay and a scenic drive along the Wild Atlantic Way, the world’s longest defined coastal route. We also admire the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean from the incredible Slieve League Cliffs and discover the history of the area with a fascinating visit to the Glencolmcille Folk Village.
*The round-trip transfer service from Dublin airport to the hotel in the Dublin area is included in the tour price. If you would prefer to be picked up from an alternative airport or location, please contact us for additional mileage costs.
You will be met at Dublin airport for your transfer to the overnight hotel in the Dublin area. Check-in at the hotel is normally available from 2pm. Please arrive in time for dinner which is served at around 6pm.
We head to Donegal where we start with a leisurely cruise on Donegal Bay. Here we can spot the seal colony on Seal Island and admire the beauty of the Bluestack Mountains. Complete with a full commentary about the history, environment and wildlife of the area, this is a lovely way to take in the stunning natural beauty of Donegal Bay.
The rest of the day is free to discover Donegal at your leisure. There is plenty to explore in this charming town, from the restored 15th-century castle to the ruined Franciscan Priory, or you may like to browse the traditional Donegal tweed in Magee’s, the town’s historic department store.
Later we check in to the Central Hotel in Donegal, our base for the next three nights.
We start with a visit to the Slieve League Cliffs, one of Ireland’s best kept secrets. Rising almost 2,000 feet from the Atlantic, they are among the highest sea cliffs in Europe and offer outstanding panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sligo Mountains and Donegal Bay.
We then head to Killybegs, Ireland’s largest fishing port with a scenic harbour and also famous for its tapestries and carpets. Finally we call at Glencolmcille Folk Village. This living history ‘museum’ is a replica of a rural village offering a glimpse into life as it was for our ancestors.
This morning we enjoy a scenic drive through County Donegal, passing the imposing Mount Errigal and Bloodyforeland, named after the intense red hue of the rocks during sunset. We travel to the Glenveagh National Park, a designated Special Area of Conservation and one of six national parks in Ireland. Located in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains, the park is a remote and beautiful sanctuary of peaceful lakes, peat bogs and rugged mountains. After visiting the park and its informative visitor center, we continue our picturesque journey with a coastal drive along the Wild Atlantic Way to the lovely village of Dunfanaghy.
Checking out of our hotel, we travel to Dublin where we spend an afternoon at leisure. There are plenty of historic sites, architectural splendours and iconic monuments to see from the oldest, Dublin Castle, to one of the newest, the Spire of Dublin. Or you may like to experience one of Dublin’s traditional pubs – there are 1,000 lining the city’s cobbled streets! We also have the option to join a locally guided tour of the city ($16pp) before spending the night in our hotel in the Dublin area.
You will be picked up from your overnight hotel and transferred to Dublin airport for your flight home.
The 3-star Central Hotel is ideally located in the Diamond, the main square in Donegal town. The en-suite rooms offer multi-channel TV, free Wi-Fi and tea and coffee-making facilities. The hotel also features a restaurant, bar and leisure facilities, including an indoor swimming pool and steam room.
We also spend the first and last night of our stay at a conveniently located 3-star hotel in the Dublin area.