DONEGAL DAY TRIPS
Standing between idyllic Lough Swilly and Mulroy Bay, Fanad Head Lighthouse has been voted one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the world. Its location within the Donegal Gaeltacht (an Irish speaking area), on the eastern shore of the Fanad Peninsula, it is truly breath taking. No wonder it’s a highlight of the Wild Atlantic Way!
Take a guided tour and learn more about the history of this working lighthouse and the area around it. Or, really indulge yourself and enjoy a stay far away from the bustle of modern life in one of the three lightkeeper’s house’s available for rent.
Oakfield Park is one of Donegal’s best-loved attractions. Open every day of the summer, the award winning gardens and parklands, ponds, lakes, new hedge maze, heritage trees, sculptures and Buffers Garden Restaurant will enthral. Children can make a wish at Oakfield Park’s Fairy tree, while navigating their way through adventures on extensive walks and trails. The crowning glory is a 4.5km narrow gauge railway with a diesel and steam train operating passenger trips daily. Regular events are held in the grounds including the Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Steam Sunday, Oakfest, Train of Terror at Halloween and the famous Santa Express in December.
GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK
Glenveagh National Park and Castle built in 1869, is set amongst beautifully maintained gardens, and offers magnificent mountain views, raised bog-lands, and tremendous lakes and woodlands across the 16,000 acres of National Park. Tours of the castle, as well as guided tours of the Italianate Formal Gardens are available, or if preferred you can join a ranger-led walk along footpaths through the grounds. You may even be lucky enough to catch sight of soaring eagles or shy red deer.
Donegal Town, Co. Donegal
+ 353 (0)74 9722405
Built by the O’Donnell Chieftain in the 15th century, beside the River Eske, the castle has extensive 17th century additions by Sir Basil Brooke. The castle is furnished throughout and includes Persian rugs and French Tapestries. Information panels chronicle the history of the castle owners from the O’Donnell chieftains to the Brooke family. The Castle retains all of it medieval grandeur to this day. No trip to Ireland would be the same without a visit to one of our Historic and beautiful castles.