Nestled in the heart of county Donegal, Letterkenny is the perfect location to explore the Wild Atlantic Way and see Ireland’s most northerly county in all its glory. From blue flag beaches, to championship golf courses, fine dining and adventures for people of all ages, there are many reasons to visit Donegal this summer. Here’s our top ten reasons to head northwards in 2017:

  1. We’re currently the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet’

Donegal topped National Geographic Traveller’s ‘Cool List’ for 2017. The list is compiled by travel lovers from all around the world and Donegal fought off destinations such as Santiago, Greenland, Sudan and Seoul, to be crowned the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet’. Now is the perfect time to discover it for yourself…


  1. Adventure

If you’re looking for an adventurous trip, filled with excitement and adrenalin, look no further than Letterkenny. Letterkenny Activity Centre and Extreme Adventure have something for people of all ages. Perfect for families, or for groups looking to get a weekend away with a difference. And if you’re looking to catch some waves, Donegal is ideal for surfers with some of the most stunning blue flag beaches on The Wild Atlantic Way.

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  1. Culinary Delights

From stunning venues to a selection of great dishes, the culinary offering in Letterkenny is second to none. Expect artisan local produce, homemade treats and delicious seafood caught fresh from the Atlantic that day. Donegal is all about the best of good food – so much so, we’re even home to the 2017 World Chowder Champion.

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  1. Stunning Scenery

Whether it’s rain, hail, sunshine or snow, Donegal has no shortage of stunning, jaw-dropping scenery. All located within a short driving distance of Letterkenny, Fanad Lighthouse, Sliabh League Cliffs, Muckish Mountain and the Atlantic Drive will awaken your senses – you might never want to leave.


  1. Hidden Gems

Letterkenny is full of local hidden gems. In fact, the county in general was voted Best Hidden Gem by The Irish Independent Travel Awards for 2017. Visit House Wine Bar and Tap Room in Voodoo to sample homemade pizzas and pair it with a chilled class of wine – the ideal way to spend a Sunday. Other hidden gems in Letterkenny include a visit to the Cathedral Quarter and McGlinchey Town Park. Alcorn’s Garden Centre and Tropical Zoo are a must-see, promising animal and dinosaur fun and Lurgybrack Open Farm is the ideal place to spend a fun-filled afternoon for all the family.

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  1. Cosy Bars and Great Nightlife

A visit to the heart of the northwest must include a visit to Letterkenny’s cosy bars such as the Glencar Inn and Port Bar & Grill at the Radisson Hotel. Those looking for live music, bands and dancing into the wee hours, should check out The Pulse Venue, Sister Sara’s and the Old Orchard Inn.


  1. Wild Atlantic Days

Ireland is known for its unpredictable weather but Letterkenny has a host of ‘Wild Atlantic Day’ options if you need an indoor solution. Century Letterkenny houses an 8-screen cinema complex and a children’s play centre. The Aura Leisure Centre is perfect for a splash for all the family and Arena 7 is ideal for families and young couples or group bookings with its private bowling alleys, children’s complex and Woodberry Grill restaurant.

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  1. Culture and Arts

Donegal is home to world renowned musicians such as Na Mooney’s, The Henry Girls, Clannad, Daniel O’Donnell and Enya. Plan your visit for July and catch the world-renowned Earagail Arts Festival, which has over 80 music, arts, theatre and circus events taking place across the county; you’ll find something for people of all ages. For a not-to-be-missed trad session, visit The Dry Arch Inn Complex for their weekly music session every Tuesday.


  1. Accommodation

With a great selection of four star hotels and spas, visitors to the heart of the northwest are spoilt with choice when it comes to accommodation. If you want to stay in the heart of the action (on, or near Letterkenny’s main street), check out Dillon’s Hotel, McGettigan’s Hotel (formally Gallagher’s) and the Station House Hotel. Or experience The Mount Errigal Hotel, The Clanree and The Silver Tassie Hotel and spa, which are all ideal bases for exploring the shopping centres and busy bars, as well as local amenities including Letterkenny Golf Club.


  1. There’s no welcome quite like ours…

Experience the true Donegal welcome this summer. We love sharing our best kept secrets with people from all over the world. Every family needs a break and Letterkenny is perfect place to relax and unwind while the children have great fun. Don’t delay and book your get-away to the heart of the northwest today.

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