Things To See & Do
There are a wealth of things to see & do in Donegal Town and the surrounding areas, check out the highlights below...
Built by the O'Donnell chieftain in the 15th century, beside the River Eske, the Castle has extensive 17th century additions by Sir Basil Brooke. The Castle is furnished throughout and includes Persian rugs and French tapestries. Information panels chronicle the history of the Castle owners from the O'Donnell chieftains to the Brooke family. Limited access for people with disabilities to the ground floor..
Donegal castle is located in the centre of Donegal town, a mere 2 minutes walk from The Gateway Lodge.
The castle turret is visible from The Gateway Lodge reception
Donegal Bay Waterbus
Cruise around Donegal Bay in our state of the art 160 seater Waterbus. View the seal colony on Seal Island, The Bluestack Mountains and Donegal Bays many islands with full commentary. Relax in our fully stocked bar and enjoy our cabaret show on the return leg of the trip.
Surfing in Donegal
Fancy learning to surf, or at least how to swim after you fall off!!
Donegal has an abundance of beaches to try out your sea legs or for the more experienced surfer plenty of challenging surfs. Click on the links below to see what is on offer, keep an eye on our website to keep up to date with upcoming packages with The Gateway Lodge
Golfing in Donegal
Donegal is home to no fewer than 17 golf courses, each one more beautiful than the last. If you fancy challenging yourself on some of the most scenic links courses in Europe which are consistently ranked in Irelands top 10 why not check out our special golf packages offering fantastic deals on golf and accommodation
Donegal is home to 13 blue flag beaches offering visitors endless choice when it comes to sandcastle time, whether its Rossnowlagh for surfing, or Murvagh for paddling you will find them within easy reach from The Gateway Lodge
If horses are more your activity, there are two opportunities to enjoy the Donegal landscape from horseback within easy reach from The Gateway Lodge, enjoy a rugged hill trek or a canter through the Atlantic waves in the beautiful setting which is Donegal
Deanes Farm Equestrian Centre
Slieve League Cliffs (Sliabh Liag)
Slieve League, boasts some of the highest sea cliffs in Ireland reaching 601meters at their peak. The surrounding scenery is astounding and the cliffs can be viewed from land or costal tours. This is a must on your journey through Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way.
Fanad lighthouse has recently been voted the number 1 lighthouse in Ireland placing it firmly on any visitors to do list, it is also 1 of 3 signature points in Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way
Glenveagh National Park
Glenveagh National Park is a remote and hauntingly beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains, pristine lakes, tumbling waterfalls and enchanted native oak woodland in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in the north west of County Donegal. At the centre of the Park on the edge of Lough Veagh is Glenveagh Castle, a late 19th century castellated mansion, built as a hunting lodge.
Admission to the Park and Gardens is free. Open every day of the year from dawn to dusk.
Glencolmcille Folk Village
This thatched-roof replica of a rural village in Ireland’s most north westerly county offers a glimpse into daily life as it was during past centuries.The Folk Village Museum is a cluster of several small cottages, called a ‘clachan’, perched on a hillside overlooking the sandy curve of Glen Bay Beach in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) of South West Donegal. Designed, built and maintained by the local people, the Folk Village is one of Ireland's best living-history museums.
At 751 metres, Errigal is the highest mountain in Donegal and it’s majestic glittering quartzite peak dominates the northwest corner of Ireland. For many, it is quite simply the most beautiful mountain in the country and it is certainly among the most climbed despite its remote location. Errigal has the magical quality of appearing to change shape depending on what direction you view it from.
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