The coast road in Donegal has been dubbed The Wild Atlantic Way
Things To Do
Go to the beach! With 12 Blue Flag Beaches in Donegal, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Try Ballymastocker Bay, Fanad, Ballyness Beach, Buncrana, Bundoran, Downings Beach, Fintra Beach, Five Fingers Strand, Kincasslagh Beach, Kinnagoe Bay (Inishowen), Magheroarty Beach and Marble Hill Beach.
Go surfing. The towns of Dunfanaghy and Downings have surf schools offering lessons in windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding and surfing, with a qualified coach. In Ballyshannon is the Lakeside Centre on the banks of Lake Asseroe, where you can camp and try a host of watersports.
Listen to live music in Ireland in one of the bars and hotels in most towns. As well as traditional Irish music and some nifty fiddle playing you’ll find rock and pop tribute bands, depending on the night and the venue. When you visit Ireland don’t get worried if the hotels and bars look shut. Appearances can be deceptive, so just open the door and step inside for a warm Irish welcome, peat fires, music and a good craic.
Play golf among the beautiful sand dunes of Donegal. Within the Inishowen peninsula you’ll find world class golf courses such as Ballyliffin (Glashedy) and Ballyliffin (Old). Dunfanaghy Golf Club is just west of here. Just outside Donegal Town is Murvagh golf course and in Downings, near Carrigart, you’ll find Rosapenna (Sandy Hills) golf course.
Go horse riding in Donegal as part of your caravan holiday in Ireland. Canter on the golden sands of Killahoey beach, in Sheephaven Bay, on the north Donegal coast, with the riding school tucked away behind Arnold’s Hotel in Dunfanaghy. Trekking opportunities also abound, such as Trekking the Great Famine Track, the route families took across the bogs and wilderness to emigrate and find work and food more than 150 years ago. Another themed route is a three-hour ride along Donegal’s former railway track, beneath Muckish Mountain. Lenamore Stables in Muff also offers riding lessons, hacking and birthday parties.
Take your caravan to Ireland by ferry, then drive to Donegal. When towing a caravan in Ireland, we’d advise you to use mainly motorways and N roads until you’re close to your destination.
If you live in the North of England, choose a ferry to Belfast, then drive along the Antrim coast, going west for County Donegal.
Stena Line sails from Cairnryan to Belfast or Liverpool to Belfast routes, which are the best routes if you’re coming from the north of Britain. If you’re travelling to Ireland from Wales, choose Holyhead to Dublin Port, or Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire.
Stena Line goes from Anglesey’s Holyhead to Dublin Port or Holyhead to Dublin’s Dun Laoghaire in three hours, 15 minutes. Alternatively Stena Line’s fast ferry from Holyhead to Dublin’s Dun Laoghaire, takes two hours 20 minutes.
Irish Ferries also has a fast ferry sailing from Holyhead to Dublin in one hour 49 minutes. It also has much larger, very stable ferries that take three hours 15 minutes.