8 days in County Donegal Itinerary

8 days in County Donegal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock County Donegal trip planner

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Malin Head
— 1 night
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Letterkenny
— 4 nights
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Carrick
— 2 nights
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Malin Head

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): hike along Wild Atlantic Adventure Centre, then steep yourself in history at Doagh Famine village, and then step into the grandiose world of Carrickabraghy Castle. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Malin Head, then tee off at Ballyliffin Golf Club, then take in the exciting artwork at Mary Crowley Artist's Studio and Gallery, and finally make a trip to Fanad Head Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Malin Head tour itinerary planner.

Dublin to Malin Head is an approximately 4-hour car ride. In July in Malin Head, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Letterkenny.

Things to do in Malin Head

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Golf · Trails

Side Trips

Letterkenny

— 4 nights
As an economic center of the region, Letterkenny has suffered overdevelopment, but its thriving student and young-professional population brings good food, accommodations, and nightlife.
Change things up with these side-trips from Letterkenny: Rossnowlagh Beach (in Rossnowlagh), Donegal Town (Lough Eske & Donegal Castle) and Bundoran Waterworld (in Bundoran). Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Glenveagh National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Glenveagh Castle, take in the exciting artwork at The Art House Ireland Art Gallery, look for gifts at The Old Courthouse, and make a trip to Hornhead Loop.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Letterkenny trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Malin Head to Letterkenny in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Carrick.

Things to do in Letterkenny

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carrick

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Glencolmcille Folk Village, then appreciate the history behind Clocha na hEireann, then get great views at Slieve League, and finally relax in the rural setting at Away to Me Sheepdog Trial Demonstrations. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Glengesh Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Assaranca Waterfall, then explore the fascinating underground world of Maghera Beach and Caves, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Donegal Designer Makers.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Carrick tour planning website.

Drive from Letterkenny to Carrick in 1.5 hours. In July in Carrick, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Carrick

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

County Donegal travel guide

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Castles · Lookouts · Historic Sites
O'Donnell's County
Encompassing nearly a fifth of the country's coastline, County Donegal remains one of Ireland's wildest regions. Despite its large size, the county houses just over 150,000 residents spread across a landscape of low mountains and natural sea loughs. A bastion of Gaelic culture, the region maintains a distinct cultural identity and a fierce spirit of independence, exemplified by the popular saying "Up here it's different." A place of extremes, County Donegal features a rugged interior and an even rockier coastline, boasting some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Still relatively undiscovered by foreign travelers, this region offers you a chance to discover a quieter side of Ireland largely untouched by commercialization and mass tourism.