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Donegal

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The colourful areas in Donegal's north west, south west and mountainous midlands form Ireland's largest Gaeltacht region and the second largest in population terms. The Donegal Gaeltacht is a breathtaking land of great mountains and lake-filled valleys fringed by the unpolluted seas of the Atlantic. Fronted by a craggy coastline necklaced with safe, quiet, sandy beaches, here lies a tranquil land rich in heritage and folklore, a land that contains a wealth of cultural strengths, a strong sense of its own identity and uniqueness.

The Donegal Gaeltacht is a vibrant and delightfully different experience, still retaining the culture of the Celt and the Gael. But don't take our word for it, come and see for yourself ... Here, Irish is the everyday spoken language of the people who live and work in Donegal's cultural heartland. A treasure house of all that is best in a rich Irish heritage of life in times past - of great music, song and dance. But here, also is a land of stunning beauty where the golden eagle flies. Quiet and unpolluted beaches look out on timeless islands like Rathlin O'Beirne, Tory and Gola. Mountains like the white-faced Errigal stand sentinel over forest parks and fish- filled lakes and rivers. Scenery and secrets from Fanad to Fintown, from Gaoth Dobhair to Gleann Cholm Cille, from Dungloe (An Clochán Liath) to Downings (Na Dúnaibh), the Donegal Gaeltacht is full of scenery and secrets for you to discover. Accommodation is excellent at every level. Some of Ireland’s best holiday value is here in fine family hotels, guesthouses, holiday villages, caravan and camping parks, hostels and homes-to-let. But the Donegal Gaeltacht is also an activity place - just pick and choose between ultra modern leisure centres, deep-sea and fresh water fishing, adventure parks, horse riding, mountain climbing, walking, cycling, touring or golf galore and end the day in a Donegal singing pub or quiet lounge. It’s all here for you to enjoy. And now, Donegal Airport, with a daily schedule to and from Dublin, brings you right to the heart of this Gaeltacht holidayland.