Donegal’s scenic landscape and wild rugged coastline make it an amazing place to capture those perfect Instagram images. If you’re looking to up your Instagram game, here’s the top 11 most instagramable places in Donegal to visit this summer…
Letterkenny’s Pole Star Roundabout
The famous Polestar is a monument located on the Port Bridge roundabout on the Derry Road in Letterkenny. Designed by Locky Morris, the shape alludes to the outline of a boat, as well as having a locomotive (train track) theme, to commemorate the fact that both forms of transportation played a major part in the town’s development in the past. You can get some great shots day or night.
Fanad Head Lighthouse
Standing between idyllic Lough Swilly and sandy Mulroy Bay, Fanad Head Lighthouse has been voted one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the world. You can take a tour of the lighthouse and catch some amazing sights of the Atlantic Ocean. Not everyone will have a drone to get shots like this, but there’s some great photo opportunities from the car-park right up to the lighthouse.
If you’re exploring the Inishowen peninsula, a trip to Fort Dunree is a must. The defensive site first opened to the public in 1986 and has attracted tourists from all over the world. While you’re there, be sure to take a tour and learn all about the fort’s history.
Portsalon Beach (Ballymacstocker)
Ballymacstocker beach, or more commonly known as Portsalon, is a truly spectacular Blue Flag beach located on the Fanad Peninsula. It was once voted the second most beautiful beach in the world by readers of the Observer Magazine. The best views can be best seen from the viewpoint on the Knockalla coast drive – perfect for that Instagram shot!
An Grianan Fort
The great stone cashel which gave Grianan Ailigh its name is said to have been built by the Tuatha De Danann God, and king of Ireland “The Dagda”, to mark or protect the grave of his son Aedh. There are many stories, myths and legends once only known to a few, which are now revealed to all that visit. The spectacular views from the summit make it an ideal spot from which to overlook the lands and waters below.
Glenveagh National Park
Glenveagh National Park is a remote and hauntingly beautiful place in Donegal with rugged mountains, pristine lakes, tumbling waterfalls and an enchanted native oak woodland. Set in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in the north west of County Donegal, Glenveagh Castle is a late 19th century castellated mansion, built as a hunting lodge. The national park provides multiple photo opportunities – from the castle, walkways, castle tearoom and lakes.
If you’re a Star Wars’ fan, you’ll want to take a trip to Malin Head in the Inishowen Peninsula. The iconic location was used as one of the filming points. The northernmost tip of the headland is named Banba’s Crown, located at latitude 55.38ºN. The quaint village of Malin is the perfect stop for lunch or dinner.
If you’re on an active holiday and want to give yourself a challenge, head west to Mount Errigal. The 751-metre mountain is located near Gweedore and is the tallest peak in Donegal. Errigal is also the most southern, steepest and highest of the mountain chain, called the “Seven Sisters”. The stunning views from the top are well worth the climb and you’re guaranteed to get some great shots for your Instagram account.
Arranmore Island is situated off the coast of Donegal on the magnificent Wild Atlantic Way. Wild and untamed, the island has a rich and vibrant heritage and culture and has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The Gaelic traditions are still thriving on the Arranmore Island and if you are looking for a real taste of island life along with spectacular views, then this is definitely not to be missed on your Donegal adventure.
Donegal Castle is a must visit when you’re in Donegal Town. The majority of the buildings lay in ruins but the castle was almost fully restored in the early 1990s. To get the most out of your visit, be sure to take one of the guided tours.
Sliabh Liag is one of the most spectacular mountains in Donegal standing at 596 metres. It has some of Ireland’s highest sea cliffs making them almost three times higher than the famous Cliffs of Moher. You can get some amazing images from the site so if you’re travelling with older people or small children, you can experience the best of the cliffs without having to climb to the top.
Donegal is full of stunning golden beaches and hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. This summer, plan a staycation and stay in Letterkenny, the heart of the northwest to get the most out of your adventure.
Plan your trip at govisitletterkenny.ie.