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  • 1. Glenveagh National Park

    Bordered by the Derryveagh Mountains (Derryveagh means "forest of oak and birch"), Glenveagh National Park encompasses 40,000 acres of wilderness—mountain, moorland, lakes, and woods—that has...Read More

  • 2. Lissadell House and Gardens

    Standing beside the Atlantic waters of Drumcliff Bay, on the peninsula that juts out between Donegal and Sligo bays, Lissadell is an austere but classical...Read More

  • 3. Slieve League Mountains

    The dramatic Slieve League cliffs and mountains have become the starting point for the Irish leg of the International Applachian Trail, an extension to the...Read More

  • 4. St. George's Heritage & Visitor Centre

    Restored by a local heritage group, St. George's Heritage & Visitor Centre occupies St. George's (Church of Ireland), built in 1827. The bright interior houses...Read More

  • 5. The Model: Home of the Niland Collection

    The main attraction at the Model, housed in a school built in 1862, is one of Ireland's largest collections of works by 20th-century artists from...Read More

  • 6. Attic Memorial at Carrick Workhouse

    Follow the stylized footprints of a mother and child from St. George's Heritage Centre to the Attic Memorial at Carrick Workhouse to step back into...Read More

  • 7. Belleek Pottery Ltd.

    For generations the name Belleek has been synonymous with much of Ireland's delicate ivory porcelain figurines and woven china baskets (sometimes painted with shamrocks). In...Read More

  • 8. Bundoran Waterworld

    When the weather closes in, retreat indoors with the kids to Bundoran's Waterworld, with waterslides such as the 65-meter Whizzer, as well as the Tornado,...Read More

  • 9. Costello Memorial Chapel

    Ask at the tourist office for a copy of the signposted historical walking-town-trail booklet and accompanying map (€2). A top sight is one of Ireland's...Read More

  • 10. Creevelea Abbey

    Founded by the Franciscans in 1508, Creevelea was the last community to be established before the suppression of the monasteries by England's King Henry VIII,...Read More

  • 11. Creevykeel

    One of Ireland's best megalithic court-tombs, dating from 4-2,500 BC, Creevykeel contains a burial area and an enclosed open-air court. Bronze artifacts found here are...Read More

  • 12. Donegal Castle

    Donegal Castle was built by clan leader, Hugh O'Donnell, in the 1470s. More than a century later, this structure was the home of his descendant,...Read More

  • 13. Drumcliff Tea House and Craft Shop

    A good place to buy local crafts, books of W. B. Yeats's poetry, and books about the poet's life, the Drumcliff Tea House and Craft...Read More

  • 14. Franciscan Abbey

    The ruins of the Franciscan Abbey, founded in 1474 by Hugh O'Donnell, are a five-minute walk south of town at a spectacular site perched at...Read More

  • 15. Glebe House and Gallery

    On the northwest shore of Gartan Lough just off R251 is Glebe House and Gallery, a sweetly elegant redbrick Regency manor with 25 acres of...Read More

  • 16. Glencolmcille Folk Village Museum

    Walk through the beachfront Folk Village Museum to explore rural life. This clachan, or tiny village, comprises eight cottages, all of which are whitewashed, thatch-roofed,...Read More

  • 17. Lough Derg

    From Whitsunday to the Feast of the Assumption (June to mid-August), tens of thousands beat a path to the shores of Lough Derg, ringed by...Read More

  • 18. Oideas Gael: Sport & Culture

    If you fancy expanding your mind and horizons, both from a sporting and cultural point of view, then Oideas Gael has an excellent selection of...Read More

  • 19. Parke's Castle

    This fortified house was built on the eastern shore of Lough Gill in the 17th century by an English Planter (a Protestant colonist settling on...Read More

  • 20. Shannon Blueway

    Developed by Waterways Ireland, the Shannon Blueway—the first recreational trails of its kind in Ireland—runs along the Lough Allen Canal and follows the river from...Read More

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