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Irelands Best Road Trips: Donegal

In my next series of blog posts I’m looking at Irelands best road trips. Whether its a long weekend or even a week break, its worth researching the best and also avoidable roads to make the most of your time. Ireland is a great country to navigate around, the furthest journey rarely being over 4 hours. As I always say West is best, so I’m starting in the North West of the country.

Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way is a 500km driving route that takes you though some of Ireland’s most beautiful and unspoilt landscapes. For a long weekend, forget about trying to cover the whole thing. Focus on two or three peninsulas, as there’s plenty to see on each.

There’s Fanad, Horn Head, Inishowen (personal favourite), Isle of Doagh, Muckross Head and Rosguill.


For a 2 hour loop journey (depending on your starting point) I highly recommend the stunning scenery and beaches of the Inishowen peninsula. Your end goal is Malin Head, Ireland’s most northernly point and home to some recent Star Wars filming.

With stops at Buncrana village and Dunree Fort (military museum), heading towards the short walk to Glenevin Waterfall (pictured below)


With mountain high sea cliffs to golden sandy beaches there are a host of discovery points to venture along the way. One of the best beaches to walk, run or swim is Five Finger Strand, even when the weather isn’t the warmest, the scenery is still stunning!!

Activities include surfing on world class waves, cycling, horse riding on the beach, an array of golf courses (think Ballyliffin) or kayaking and canoeing on wild Atlantic waters. However once you each the very tip of Malin head, I highly recommend the walks along the coastline and exploring the many views around the area. Head back on the east side to finish off the loop. A lot of driving but worth every moment!