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Highlights in County Donegal
- The hidden gem of Ireland
- Scenic landscapes and rugged beauty
- Wild and dramatic coast
- A surfing paradise
- A delicious mouthwatering taste
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Holiday rentals and lettings in County Donegal
From rustic to modern accommodations for a fantastic stay in County Donegal. No property is far from the sea, the best eateries and traditional pubs or the main attractions of the area. Plan your weekend getaway and some time out with your dearest ones in Donegal, Glentilies, Ardara or Killybegs. For more secluded rentals, Termon or Ramelton offer properties surrounded by hills, acres of green land and scenic walks.Unforgettable stays in Donegal
Find the traditional property with spacious rooms to accommodate your family and have a great stay. Rentals can host up to 12 people depending on the area. Enjoy the garden, panoramic views and breath in the fresh morning air from your balcony. Enjoy a morning coffee admiring the ocean and listening to the sound of the waves. Have a BBQ in the terrace or relax by the fireplace while reading your favourite book. Tasteful decorations and modern fully equipped rentals are also available for you to enjoy a nice time with family, friends or celebrate a special occasion with your partner.
Holidays in County Donegal
The area and getting around
Based in Ireland’s northwest rugged coast, this beautiful county is a largely Irish-speaking region made up of castles, mountains and a superb landscape. Venture off the beaten track and take Glenveagh National Park or the stunning Slieve League peninsula. Go for an unforgettable hike or take the breathtaking coastal touring route that runs from Donegal to Cork. Discover the ancient forts of this far-flung county, seaside taverns and Irish speaking areas where ancient customs are still in place.Discovering the island and its taste
If you are thinking of walking and cycling holidays you will find different tours according to your fitness levels along the coast and and routes of County Donegal. This is also a good base for outings to Bunbeg, Glenveagh, Inishowen, Letterkenny and Dunfanaghy amongst others. Discover open-air museums, harbours, cliffs, beaches and beautiful cathedrals and historic monuments, like the Donegal Railway Centre or the breathtaking beach of Maghera. Enjoy traditional Irish food and delight your taste buds with excellent fish and seafood at The Peak. Notwithstanding this, lamb, beef, dairy produce and locally harvested fruits and veggies are considered amongst the best in the world. So, indulge yourself and try some mussels and cockles, a delicious seafood chowder, a slow-roasted lamb, oysters, Irish soda bread and home-smoked salmon. Your pudding has to be a traditional one as well so get some Irish flag jelly and finish with a famous Irish coffee!
Travellers and activities
Along the Wild Atlantic Way, you can visit many of the location where The Last Jedi was filmed, including Malin Head in Donegal, Brow Head in Cork and Loop Head in Clare. Near Malin Head, one of Donegal’s roads was renamed in tribute to one of the most famous characters in Star Wars, R2D2. A new sign unveiled to mark the spot of the most recent scenes of the franchise were filmed. Besides, it is also a location of great culture, rich history and tangible heritage which now has been complemented with the Star Wars behind the scenes film tour. May the force be with you!County Donegal for outdoors lovers
When thinking about outdoors, green is the colour. This is what you can find in County Donegal. Nature and green spaces offering stunning views, epic landscapes and perfect beaches that will make your heart race. Take the Atlantic Causeway Coastal Route from Derry~Londonderry to Belfast or vice versa to enjoy its beaches, gorse-covered valleys and cute fishing villages along the way. Another legendary tour is the Wild Atlantic Way from Malin Head to Kinsale Harbour where you will have a once-in-a-lifetime-experience on this sensational journey discovering hidden coves and beaches, wild beauty and buzzing towns and cities. Salmon fishing, hiking and rock-climbing are also outdoors options to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Up in northern Donegal, most of the close-up scenes between Rey and Luke Skywalker were filmed at Malin Head for the last film of this saga. Many other scenes were also filmed in Ireland.
Top 5 travel tips in County Donegal
The Northern Lights are on everyone’s bucket list for sure. You just have to get on a plane to County Donegal to enjoy this spectacular natural festival of lights. Looking for the aurora borealis means looking for lack of light pollution and the further north you head to, the higher chance you have. Malin Head is probably your best bet. Although it is hard to predict sometimes, the best time to catch them is from November to February so you better wrap up! Keep an eye on the weather and the geometric storms and enjoy the most beautiful sights.2. Get ready to catch the waves
For adrenaline junkies and surf enthusiasts this is the right spot as you can ride the greatest waves ever. Surfers from all over the place want to experience the best and coolest surf town in the world. We are talking about Bundoran, a place where passion for surf culture is in every corner, as well as music and pubs. Dunfanaghy, Rossnowlagh and the Fanad Peninsula hare the same passions too. The west coast of Ireland is a surfer’s playground, so do not hesitate when planning your next exciting getaway. The waves will be awaiting!3. Explore the beaches and coasts
With high standards of water quality, cleanliness and safety the beaches and coves along the coastline are accessible all year-round and boast the Blue Flag status. Visit the popular Inch Beach for kayaking, fishing and picnicking or the famous Mullaghmore Head to ride the highest waves at Prowlers. Enjoy Keem Bay on Achill Island where you find a Blueway snorkel trail. Feel the salty taste on your lips and enjoy one of the world’s most dramatic and impressive coasts.4. Take a trip to picturesque Tory Island
This magical place is plenty of history and locals speak Irish fluently as it is Donegal’s Gaeltacht area. Inhabited by artists and talented painters and it is just 14km off the Donegal coast and accessed by ferry. The curious thing is that they have a community spokesperson, who acts as the king and he personally greets visitors that come to the island. Learn about the eerie island tale about the graveyard and the Cursing Stone.5. Visit Slieve League
This is without a doubt the star of County Donegal. Not as busy as the cliffs of Moher but still impressive and stunning. These cliffs on the south west coast are the highest in Europe. Park your car and walk up the cliffs to get terrific views from Donegal Bay and the Sligo Mountains, where the high top of Sliabh Liag is. It will leave you in awe for sure! Experienced walkers should just venture beyond the viewing point onto One Man’s Pass.
FAQs: Holiday Rentals & Lettings in County Donegal
County Donegal is one of the cheapest destinations in Ireland! An overnight stay here costs on average £106.88 per night.
Travellers who want to be budget-friendly should visit County Donegal in January, February, and March which are the months that offer the best prices, with average prices of £95.54, £98.54, and £99.32 per night, respectively, based on data collected in 2020.
When it comes to looking for a holiday rental in County Donegal, the months when it is most expensive are, in descending order, June, December and November with average prices per night of £116.63, £116.51, and £115.26, respectively.
We recommend you to book in advance in County Donegal as only 37% of the accommodations are available, according to our 2020 data.
The months that offer the most accommodation options, on average, are January (with an availability of 59%), May (55.2%), and November (52.75%), according to the trends observed in 2020.
The months with the lowest properties available in County Donegal are, in order, August, July and September, with respective average availability figures of 5.8%, 7.5%, and 19.75%, based on data collected in 2020.
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