Donegal Tourism

One of the most charming places to visit, Donegal town is located along the Donegal Bay on a scenic location along the meandering River Eske. The town occupies the base of the famous Bluestack Mountains was the capital of a Gaelic Kingdom until the 16th century.

A trip to Donegal Town promises an amalgamation of all things Irish- right from the ancient stone monuments, beaches, stone castles, ruins and beautiful greenery to modern party hubs, pubs and restaurants. Donegal has a vast history of reigns and colonisation revolutions by the English colony. In 1434, the O’Donnels built the Donegal Castle and ruled the land up until the 1600s when the English Crown wanted to end the reign of Irish Chieftains.

The present day layout of the town was set by Captain Basil Brooke after the land and castles of the town were seized by the English Crown in 1607 soon after the Flight of The Earls. From the late 17th century to the 20th century, the town formed an estate of the Gore Family, during which the town received its characteristic appearance.

The modern town now consists of the town centre ‘Diamond’ which is buzzing with pubs, music-spots and Irish shops all day long. Donegal is also home to many sandy beaches with few of them offering surfing options. Trekkers often plan a trip to Donegal Town to trek through the Bluestack mountains- making the town a base camp for many tourists. Many travellers find Donegal the perfect sleep-in for exploring the west coastlines of Ireland.

Its authentic ambience along with rich history embraced in nature makes this town one of the few places that offer a timeless experience.

Essential travel information and Donegal tips for your visit


  • Try the varieties of beer that Pubs in Ireland offer.
  • Do visit the Donegal Castle.
  • Ireland is known for its hospitability. Don’t be surprised if the owner of a pub shares a drink with you.
  • Try to walk through Donegal to get a more intimate feel of its history.
  • Do try Fishing at Eske.
  • Horse-ride or walk along the famous Wild Atlantic Way.
  • To explore the natural wonders in and around the town, a rented car is often preferred.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Donegal

  • How safe is Donegal for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Donegal.

    • Burglary and Theft 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 33.33 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 33.33 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 25 (Low)
    • Attacks 33.33 (Low)
    • Drug offense 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 91.67 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 25 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Safety Index 75.25 (High)
    • Climate Index 94.16 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 12 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 76.7 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 94.44 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Donegal

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.27 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.87 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40.59 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 79.54 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 78.3 USD

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