Ballyliffin Golf Club will host this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in July. If you’re in Donegal for this major golfing event, but also want to experience the best of the county, here are five of the best things to do while in Donegal:

Waiter service at Backstage on the opening night. Jenny Doherty and Emer Fogarty

Waiter service at Backstage on the opening night. Jenny Doherty and Emer Fogarty

Shopping

If you fancy a break from all the golfing action and want to hit the shops, then a trip to Letterkenny is a must. The biggest town in Donegal, Letterkenny has all the best shops from high street stores including M&S, River Island, TK Maxx and H&M to local craft shops and boutiques. After a day’s shopping, enjoy a well-deserved cocktail or mocktail in Warehouse  Bar + Kitchen or Dillon’s Hotel, centrally located on Letterkenny’s main street.

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Golf Experience

Donegal has some of the best links and parkland golf courses in Ireland, if not the world! Enjoy 18 holes on the Sandy Hills or Old Tom Morris course at the Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort or enjoy the stunning views and top-class greens at Portsalon Golf Club. Letterkenny Golf Club is minutes from the town and the parkland course is one of the best in Donegal. Get the best golfing deals and avail of Dawn / Dusk offers.

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Hidden Gems

Donegal is full of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered and Letterkenny is the perfect base to see them all. Located just thirty minutes from Letterkenny you’ll find the iconic Fanad Lighthouse and Ballymastocker Bay, which was once voted the second most beautiful beach in the world by British newspaper, The Observer. Other hidden gems include Glenveagh National Park, Sliabh Liag cliffs, Malin Head, Poison Glen and Donegal Castle.

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Family Fun

If you’ve taken a trip to the northwest with the family, a visit to Letterkenny is a must. Younger children will love Tropical World at Alcorn’s, Arena 7, Century Letterkenny and Lurgrybrack Open Farm, while teenagers and thrill seekers will love Extreme Adventure and Letterkenny Karting Centre.

Plan your visit at govisitletterkenny.ie.