Mount Errigal, situated in Donegal, is the tallest peak of the Derryveagh Mountains in the Northwest of Ireland with a height of 751 metres (2,466 feet). Mountain climbers often use Errigal as a means of training for larger climbs, but anyone of reasonable fitness can undertake the challenge. The record time for reaching the mountain peak is 55 minutes. This record was set by professional mountain climbers.
The Donegal Gaeltacht is in the West of the County and is the largest Irish speaking district in Ireland. Thirty thousand Irish speakers live between Fanad, Gweedore and Glencolmcille, An Gaeltacht Láir and on the islands of Toraigh (Tory) and Árainn Mhór (Arranmore). In these areas Irish is the spoken language of everyday life and is reflected in the song, literature and folklore of the people. Dungloe is the most populated town in the Donegal Gaeltacht.
Donegal is a county rich in culture and heritage. You can
sample the great history of the Donegal people in various museums, galleries
and visitor centres around the county. These include the Folk
Village in Glencolmcille, Dunfanaghy
County Museum, Tullyarvan
Waterwheels in Ballyshannon,
St. Conals Heritage Centre in Glenties, Historical Society Museum in Dunfanaghy and the Inishowen Maritime Museum.
Fintown Railway is the only remaining railway line in County Donegal. Here, nestling deep in the heart of spectacular mountainous scenery steeped in tradition, myth and folklore, and running along the crystal clear waters of Loch Finn you are invited to relive those nostalgic days when Donegal had about 200 miles of narrow gauge railway operated by the County Donegal and Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway Companies.
Cruit Island has dozens of beaches dotted around its coast, some of which are so secluded that they are rarely disturbed. See how man you can discover! The Red Strand is a sight to behold with its panoramic Atlantic views and the Caravan strand is ideal for swimming. Close by is Keadue strand and there are scores of beaches along the rest of Donegal's coastline just a short drive away.