Donegal, one of the coolest places on the planet according to the National Geographic Traveller Magazine, is a destination that revives spirits and allows you to enjoy a change of pace, take stock and reconnect with friends and family. It’s all about embracing the Wild Atlantic Way of life here – and there are countless ways to do just that.
Make memories to last a lifetime at Fanad Head Lighthouse, one of Donegal’s proud beacons celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, and found on the peninsula of the same name.
Or take a hike through the majestic terrain of Glenveagh National Park, where herds of deer and peregrine falcons will keep you company. Be enchanted by the spectacular sea cliffs, at Sliabh Liag, which standing at 600m makes them among the highest in Europe. The venerable Pilgrim’s Path is the ideal place for walkers to get a sense of the scale of these cliffs. Or for those who want to appreciate them from a different perspective, a boat trip beneath the cliffs truly showcases their towering prowess.
This year, for five days in early July, droves of golf lovers will line the fairways at Ballyliffin Golf Club, eager to witness the world’s best in action. Set in the breathtaking surrounds of the Inishowen Peninsula, Ballyliffin is the home of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2018 and is ranked amongst the very finest links courses in the world, right here on the northernmost tip of the Wild Atlantic Way.
This is golf, Wild Atlantic Way style – one in which every swing and chip and putt takes place against a backdrop of rugged, windswept beauty. You don’t have to travel very far from Ballyliffin to get a sense of Donegal’s greatness. Venture to Banba’s Crown, Malin Head – the country’s most northerly point, and one of the locations for the latest Star Wars film – and learn about its connection to a mythical queen. Explore the Inishowen Peninsula and let Donegal inspire you.
Don’t forget to pick up your Wild Atlantic Way Passport and collect your Discovery Point Stamps along the route.