Top Historical Places in Donegal

Are you looking to explore the history of Donegal through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Donegal including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Donegal. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Donegal ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Donegal, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Donegal for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Donegal with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Donegal Castle

    3.2 (1335 Votes)
    Donegal Castle

    River, Castle, Historical Site, Monument

    Donegal is translated at ‘Dun nan nGall’ which means for of the foreigner. The fortress was built on a destroyed Viking Fort supposedly built around 1159. Further Sir O’Donnell built the Castle in 1474. In the history of Donegal the fortress proves to be the most popular monument due to its rich history. In the 1600’s the O’Donnell’s fled to Europe in the Fli...Read more
  2. Mamore Gap

    Outdoors, View Point, Statue, Hill

    An hour’s drive north of the Diamond, Mamore Gap was once the only gateway between Buncrana and Urris. This steep meandering road is sheltered 700 feet on either side by the hill of Mamore on the east and the hill of Craogh Carragh on the west. Tourists love to drive to the spot to experience one of the best views in the whole of Ireland. A holy well devoted to St Eigne and a small alter ...Read more
  3. Tory Island

    4.8 (131 Votes)
    Tory Island

    Outdoors, Island, War Memorial, Tower

    Tory Island is located almost 15 km off Donegal Coast. Much more preferred for atleast 2 days, the island is dipped in history and has many tourist attractions of its own. Since the 1950’s after the Battle of Tory island, the Island has become a community of many artists who have settled here. Following long-standing tradition, a "king" is chosen by consensus of the islanders. The current...Read more
  4. Abbey Of The Four Masters

    Outdoors, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Monastery

    Located 26 kilometres south of the Diamond, the abbey consists of ruins which dominate the beautiful terrain. Situated where the River Eske meets the Donegal Bay, the monastery was founded in 1474 by the first Red Hugh O'Donnell and his wife Lady Nuala for Franciscan Friars. For the next 130 years it became one of the most important centers for religion and learning till the beginning of 17th c...Read more
  5. The Diamond

    Hotel, Beach, Historical Site, Monument

    The Diamond is the name given for the Donegal town centre. The place is constantly buzzing with tourists swarming in and out of local pubs, hotels, restaurants and shops. A vast pedestrian area covers the spot with places to sit surrounded by vivid greenery. A must visit for experiencing the city’s rhythm, The Diamond forms the perfect hotspot to connect to all the neighbouring spots like...Read more