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Donegal: A wealth of great activities, from sea to summit

Autum Breaks - free with Thursday's Donegal Democrat

Matt Britton

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Donegal: A wealth of great activities, from sea to summit

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In Thursday's edition of the Donegal Democrat, readers can avail of a fantastic free 48-page supplement entitled 'Autumn Breaks'

It's a wonderful guide, full of offers and ideas, for those thinking of taking an Autumn Break here in Ireland.

Of course, some of you might not want to stray too far if you're planning a day away. There's plenty to do here in Donegal.

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In recent years Donegal has become a strong feature on many's a bucket list, not just at home, but in far off fields where the warmth of the people is often regarded as our most valuable asset.

Time after time visitors remark on the warmth of the welcome, the lyrical tongue, the sparkle in the eyes and sheer friendlieness.
When choosing a holiday destination people really try to define just what is different about their choice. In Donegal we like to think that we have such a diverse product - hundreds of miles of unspoilt coastline, mountains, lakes, rivers and streams and as the song says, “hearts as big as mountains”.
Many have described parts of Donegal as “a land that time forgot”, when they talk about Tory, Owey Island, Port, Malinbeg and other locations. There are also destinations where they will find no shortage of great activities, small intimate pubs and restaurants with a great choice of accommodation options.
Take in some of the best scenery in Ireland as you travel along Slieve Liag heading on to the Silver Strand and Malinbeg, stopping for a while in the Glencolmcille Folk Village. A short drive will take you over to Ardara and the stunning Maghery beach and caves which are located on one of west Donegal's most remote peninsulas.

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Errigal mountain, the tallest peak in Donegal, towers over the other Derryveagh mountains at an impressive 2,464 ft. and offers great climbing opportunities. If you’ve ever driven around Donegal, the chances are you’ll have marvelled at Errigal’s dramatic quartzite peak from afar, as it’s visible from many places across the county.
Horn Head, close to the town of Dunfanaghy, is a must. You can throw on the walking boots and head off on a walk along the cliffs or drive the Horn Head loop.
You will see Fanad Head Lighthouse dominate many guides naming the best things to do in Donegal - it’s a special place.
The drive to and from Fanad Lighthouse is worth the trip alone, as you pass through the beautifully quaint countryside that leads to it. The craggy land and seascapes that encompass Donegal are out of this world.
Sit up on an old stone wall and switch off for a while. Soak up the sounds of the ocean and bask in the beauty of one of Ireland’s most spectacular corners. Catch a wave along one of Donegal's deserted beaches or saddle up and discover many of the wooded glens and glistening mountain streams.
Along the way you will find no shortage of restaurants where food just flows from the sea to the plate, from the farm to the fork.
From castles to cottages, homely guest houses to glamping, there is no shortage of quality and affordable accommodation.
We have always been proud of our culture and traditions and no visit is complete without a trip to the Gaeltacht of west Donegal. Immerse yourself in the sounds and traditions, and undiscovered charm of a unique people.
An experience, once discovered, that’s never forgotten.
Bígi linn.