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19th May 2022

Things to do in Donegal: Everything that will make this the perfect family holiday

Laura Grainger

Thinking of heading to Ulster?

If, like us, you’re staying put this summer then don’t worry. Sure we’ll be a wee bit jealous of our friends jetting off to the south of France and Spain, but Ireland has its perks too.

If you’re planning on staying home then why not head to Donegal?

From beautiful landscapes, a stunning national park, views of the Wild Atlantic Way and it is the county with the greatest number of Blue Flag beaches in the country, there’s so much on offer.

Here are our top things to do in Donegal with kids.

Indoor and Outdoor things to do in Donegal

Donegal Castle

Located in the centre of Donegal Town, this 15th Century castle is good for all weathers. But since you can go inside, it’s ideal if you get caught out by the rain and need to keep the kids entertained.

Sliabh Liag

Keep the kids strapped to you: while these sea cliffs are less famous than the Cliffs of Moher, they reach almost three times higher.

Kilclooney Dolmen

One of Ireland’s many Neolithic tombs dating between 4,000-3,000 BC, this one is located around 6.5km north-north-west of the town of Ardara.

Castle Adventure Open Farm

Near Ballyshannon, Castle Adventure Open Farm sits right beside Wardtown Castle (which you’re not allowed into as it hasn’t been restored). With everything from a petting zoo, kid-driver-friendly diggers and tractors, indoor play areas to an outdoor playground, this has everything you need for a great day out with the kids.

Glenveagh National Park

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One of the top things to do in Letterkenny, Glenveagh is home to stunning lakes, waterfalls, mountains, woodlands and even another castle. Go on a walking or cycling trail, explore the castle and gardens, or enjoy fishing at Lough Veagh.

Loughros Point

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A walk down here will give you picturesque views of the Atlantic, as well as the white sands of the stunning Maghera Beach. Actually, that brings us to…

Best Beaches in Donegal

Let’s go to the beach-each, let’s go get a wave! Grab your suncream, shades, towels, and the bucket ‘n spades for the kids, because these are all worth a visit when you’re in Donegal.

Maghera Beach

This beautiful beach is home to 20 caves you can explore during low tide (and low tide only – be absolutely sure to check tide times in advance).

Magheraclogher Beach

This beach in Gweedore is best known for its longtime shipwreck visitor, ‘Bad Eddie,’ which your little explorers will surely love. This nickname was actually lost in translation from the Irish ‘Bád Eddie,’ meaning Eddie’s Boat.

Narin/Portnoo Beach

This sheltered cove beach packs in a lot of beauty in its 2km stretch.

Rossnowlagh Beach

Located around 8km south of Donegal Town, this beach is loved by both water sports enthusiasts and strollers alike.

Places to Eat/Best Restaurants in Donegal

The Pavillion at Rathmullan House

Kitty Kelly’s, Donegal Town

Thai Pots, Rossnowlagh Beach

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The Yellow Pepper, Letterkenny

Got suggestions for things to do in Donegal? Let us know in the comments!