Wild Atlantic Way
Slieve League Cliffs Sliabh Liag
Take in fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sligo Mountains and Donegal Bay as you head towards the top, where the cliff face of Bunglas rises over 600 metres (1968 feet) above the roaring ocean. Experienced walkers might want to venture beyond the viewing point onto One Man’s Pass, which loops around onto Pilgrim’s Path.
The sacred Slieve League Mountain has drawn Christian pilgrims for over 1,000 years, and the award-winning Slieve League Cultural Centre will reveal all about its significance as well as local culture and crafts.
Kilclooney Dolmen Megalithic buriel chamber
The dolmen at Kilclooney in County Donegal, which dates from circa. 3500 BC, is a very fine example of a dolmen, or portal tomb and is thought to be one of the best, if not the best, in Ireland. (A dolment, also called a portal tomb megalithic buriel chamber). The dolmen measures approximately 13 feet long, 20 feet across, and stands over 6 feet high, making it one of the largest in Ireland. Fragments of undecorated Neolithic pottery were the only recorded finds. The Kilclooney dolmen sits on a small hill about 4 miles north north west of Ardara.
Assaranca Waterfall Eas a' Ranca Maghera
The waterfall itself is just fantastic and on a rainy day, the volume of water cascading seems to treble. Just beyond the waterfall are the Maghera caves situated on Maghera Strand which is beautiful, huge, deserted and made from fine white sand. This waterfall is not to far off the R263 near Maghera as your headed towards the beach. The amount of water thundering down the mountainside after rainfall is amazing. After seeing this waterfall you can continue up the road so you can see the caves in the cliffs at the beach.
Glengesh Pass Glen of the Swans
The Glengesh Pass is a windy section of the road that connects Glencolmcille to Ardara. During the drive, motorists can enjoy the farmland, desolate moorland, and tranquil setting. Glengesh (Glen of the Swans) Pass (900 feet above sea level) meanders through the Glengesh and Mulmosog Mountains. The scenery in the area is magnificent. There is a feeling of peace and stepping back in time.
Built by the O'Donnell chieftain in the 15th century, beside the River Eske, the Castle has extensive 17th century additions by Sir Basil Brooke. The Castle is furnished throughout and includes Persian rugs and French tapestries. Information panels chronicle the history of the Castle owners from the O'Donnell chieftains to the Brooke family.
Glenveagh National Park
Glenveagh (from Irish Gleann Bheatha, meaning "glen of the birches") is the second largest national park in Ireland. The park covers 170 square kilometres of hillside above Glenveagh Castle on the shore of Lough Veagh (Loch Ghleann Bheatha), 20 km from Gweedore in County Donegal. The network of mainly informal gardens displays a multitude of exotic and delicate plants from as far afield as Chile, Madeira and Tasmania, all sheltered by windbreaks of pine trees and ornamental rhododendrons. The estate was established by John Adair, who became infamous for evicting 244 of his tenants and clearing the land so they would not spoil his view of the landscape. The gardens and castle were presented to the Irish nation in 1981 by Henry P. McIlhenny of Philadelphia who had purchased the estate in 1937. The park is home to the largest herd of red deer in Ireland and the formerly extinct golden eagle were reintroduced into the park in 2000.
Grianan of Aileach 1700BC Ancient Stone Fort
Grianan of Aileach is probably the best known monument in Inishowen. Situated on a hill top 800 feet above sea level the stone fort was probably built on an earthen rath. The view from Aileach is breathtaking. The glistening waters of Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly are clear as is the form of the entire peninsula. A windy and exposed place, Grianan has been a silent witness to the history of Ireland. Noted in the mythologies of Ireland, it seems the fort was first constructed around 1700 BC (probably with earthen walls), by the Tuatha de Danann. It has been ascertained that it was the Palace of the Northern Princes, from a period long before Christianity (AD 400) up until the 14th century. The Princes of Aileach play an important role in Irish history often becoming Ard Righ (or High King). It was Aileach that Prince Eoghan (Owen) was converted by St. Patrick to Christianity. Patrick consecrated a coronation stone as a mark of goodwill and a testament to Eoghan’s virility. Many struggles for power have taken place at Aileach. In 1101, O’Brian marched and attacked Aileach. He demolished the forst and his men carried off stones as proof of their success. Again, however, itw as rebuilt as it always seems to be the case. After lying in ruins it was restored between 1874 - 1879 by Dr. Bernard of Derry. Legend states that the giants of Inishowen (Princes of Aileach) are lying sleeping but when the sacred sword is removed they will spring to life reclaiming their ancient lands.
Ardara Ard an Rátha
ARDARA - Ard an Rátha ~ Meaning "Height of the Fort" in south west Donegal, is a designated Heritage Town and attracts many visitors each year. The town sits on the river Owentocker
Just outside Ardara is the Maghera Caves which hold a history of their own. It is said that during penal times local people would hide in these caves to avoid being killed by invading forces. The beautiful waterfall of Eas a' Ranca, otherwise known as Assaranca Waterfall. Beside the waterfall is a wooden carving by Mike Henderson. For those interested in ancient history one of the finest examples of dolmen can be found just outside Ardara, the Kilclooney Dolman. Visitors can then take a drive to a hidden gem in Donegal, Bonny Glen Wood, a place steeped in Irish history and the famine and once there you can park and take one of the two walks through the wood, passing three lakes as you go.
The beaches of Liskeraghan, Dorleens, Maghera, Narin and Portnoo are a short distance away and from Narin Beach, at low tide (check locally of the safest time to do it) you can walk across to the island of Inniskeel.
Wild Atlantic View
Relax and unwind while taking in the natural breathtaking views of the beautiful mountains, islands, sea and landscape. This scenic view is soothing to the soul and one must awe at natures magnificent ability to create such beauty. Inis Failin B&B offers you a tranquil and private experience in a beautiful country coastal setting. Guests can relax with a cup of tea or coffee in the sunny conservatory, enjoy the breathtaking views of loughros point and nearby beach.
Travelling around County Donegal takes in Malin Head, Fanad Head and Slieve League. This route is approximately 557km (346 miles). The closest airports to Great Britain are City of Derry, Belfast International, George Best Belfast City or Ireland West Airport Knock (IWAK). If you're travelling by ferry, sail into Belfast or Dublin and take in the scenery from the comfort of your car.