Discovering Donegal things to do and places of interest.
Donegal is one of the most naturally beautiful areas of Ireland. The county consists mainly of low mountains, with a rugged coastline forming natural loughs.Mountain View bed and breakfast offers you a perfect base from which to explore this area which is rich in natural beauty and steeped in history.The famous mountains consist of two major ranges, the Derryveagh range in the north and the Bluestack Mountains in in the south, with Mount Errigal which is near the Mountain View guesthouse, being the highest at 749 metres. The breathtaking Slieve League cliffs are the second highest sea cliffs in Europe.
GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK
Just ten minutes away from Mountain View is the Glenveagh National Park.
Glenveagh National Park sits in the unchanged rugged north-west of Co. Donegal. It is a hauntingly beautiful wilderness of soaring mountains and hilltops with several lakes. The grounds stretch over 14,000 acres and are home to rare plants and animals, Glenveagh is also noted for its herd of red deer, which roam freely.
COLMCILLE HERITAGE CENTRE
Saint Colmcille as he is reputed to have born in Gartan, near Letterkenny, around 521AD. The St Colmcille Heritage Centre in Gartan contains exhibitions about his life and also shows how beautifully illustrated early Christian manuscripts were made.
A huge cross marks Saint Colmcille’s birthplace near the village and a slab called the Flagstone of Loneliness, reputed to be where the saint slept. It was meant to be able to cure sorrow and was a point of pilgrimage for emigrants about to leave Donegal who believed it would cure their homesickness.
The nearby Gartan Outdoor Education Centre offers summer courses in rock climbing, canoeing, wind surfing and hill walking.
NEWMILLS CORN AND FLAX MILLS
Newmills Corn and Flax Mills are situated beside Newmills Bridge on the south bank of the River Swilly, 5 kilometres west of Letterkenny in the small town of Milltown in County Donegal.
It has one of the largest, working, waterwheels in Ireland. The mills are a must see for those keen to discover the rural history of Donegal