Posted on | January 4, 2013 | by Ciara O'Brien | No Comments
Situated in County Donegal, Ireland, Donegal Town was once the home of medieval kings.
Today, this appealing area boasts a range of irresistible tourist attractions and heritage sites.
If you’re fond of all things Irish, you’ll enjoy learning more about the history and culture of this exciting, Emerald Isle locale.
In the medieval period, Donegal Town was known as Dunnagall, which is Irish for “stronghold of the foreigners”.
This name referred to the Vikings, who would inhabit Irish towns and cities, bringing their unwelcome, warlike spirit to the Emerald Isle.
During the 1500s, Donegal Town was the center of the Tir Chonaill kingdom, which was ruled by Clan O’Donnell.
Donegal Offers Superlative Natural Beauty
Donegal is found near a couple of scenic waterways – the River Eske and Donegal Bay. In the distance, the picturesque Bluestack Mountains cast impressive shadows…
These days, the downtown core of Donegal Town is called The Diamond, and it is known as a vibrant gathering place for a range of talented musicians, poets and artists.
Of course, Donegal Town has more to offer than art, music and culture. After all, the area itself is quite splendid, with many appealing beaches, including Murvagh Beach and Rossnowlagh Beach.
Hikers are also enamored of the region’s multitude of hills.
Every year, plenty of outdoor enthusiasts enjoy everything that this famous Irish town has to offer. However, even the non-sporty will find this town a wonderful place to capture the essence of Irish culture and history.
Things to See and Do in Donegal Town and Surrounding Areas
When visiting the area, take the time to enjoy the very best that Donegal and surrounding areas have to offer.
For example, be certain to plan a trip to historic Donegal Castle, which was erected in 1474, by Hugh Roe O’Donnell.
Now fully restored, this splendid castle will definitely spark your imagination.
To discover even more of Ireland’s ancient past, take a trek to Grianan Ailigh. This ring fort is over four centuries old, and it is believed to have been constructed by the Tuatha De Danann (deity and King of Ireland), in order to keep his son’s grave safe.
No visit to the Donegal Town and Greater Donegal area is complete without a visit to Malin Head. Made famous in the popular novel, The Pilot’s Wife, Malin Head is the Emerald Isle’s most northerly point.
To see the town in a whole new way, board the Donegal Water Bus and then enjoy some gorgeous vistas while you’re at sea.
If you love to fish, you may get your own license via Doherty’s, and then experience the great fishing that this area is known for.
Doherty’s also rents bikes. Since the town is so small, it’s perfect for leisurely bike rides, or just for walking.
Exploring the town in this manner will allow you to enjoy easy access to a range of wonderful, traditional Irish pubs and restaurants, such as Dom Breslin’s Bar and the Atlantic Cafe.
Celebrate Your Heritage with a Handcrafted Irish Charm
Show your heritage, and your love of Ireland, by wearing a special, handcrafted charm that is shaped just like the Emerald Isle.
So affordable at just $42.00, this lovely charm is also a wonderful gift idea for any lovely lady in your life.
This charm may just be the start of a beautiful Celtic charm collection.