For the next part of my Irish road trip (that I will do some day), I’ll be leaving the North and crossing the border into County Donegal. The first part of this road trip mainly focused on Counties Antrim and Derry, you can read Part 1 of this post here 🙂
Following on from the Mussenden Temple, there are two choices to get to Donegal. The first is simply to drive across the border. This option could possibly include going to Derry City. Personally, I’ve been to Derry city a few times before so I want to opt for a different route.
At Magilligan Point, there is a ferry called the Scenic Foyle Ferry that crosses over into Greencastle in County Donegal. The first place I want to travel to in Donegal is Malin Head. Malin Head is the most northerly point of Ireland. For this reason, the ferry option makes sense. The ferry will take you to the more northerly section of County Donegal and from here, it is a short drive. Malin Head also marks the beginning of the Wild Atlantic Way which stretches along the entire West Coast of Ireland.
Not too far from Malin Head is Glenevin Waterfall. This waterfall is about a half hour drive from Malin Head and has a nice walk up to it alongside the river! I personally love going to see any kind of water feature and so if there’s a waterfall in the area you can bet that I will be there!
Further on around the coast of Donegal is Fanad Head Lighthouse. This lighthouse is situated on a beautiful part of the coast looking out over the North Atlantic Ocean! Having never been there before I’m eager to see the stunning views!
Going further south into Donegal is Glenveagh National Park. From the previous times I’ve been to Donegal, I know that around this area there are a lot of hills. This park has a range of hills and mountains as well as a lovely river and some amazing views! Although I’ve been very close to Glenveagh National Park, I’ve never actually been into it (at the time I didn’t even realise I was near it!).
One of the last main stops on this part of my road trip is Slieve League. These range of cliffs are some of the highest in Europe. They open up onto the Atlantic Ocean and the views are supposed to be breath-taking! Although I’m Irish, I’ve seen surprisingly little of the West Coast of our little country, particularly the famous cliffs such as Slieve League and the Cliffs of Moher!
As Donegal is one of the bigger counties in Ireland, I definitely think a significant portion of a road trip could be spent here alone! The sights I’ve listed above are only a few of what Donegal has to offer! As with many road trips, I believe that you probably end up seeing the best spots by complete accident while driving along!
The next part of this road trip that I want to plan involves continuing down the Wild Atlantic Way into Sligo, Leitrim and Mayo!