Donegal – a world class tourism destination

Fanad Lighthouse

Donegal is famous for it’s outstanding natural beauty – the rugged sea cliffs, craggy peninsulas, remote Gaeltacht communities, sheep-studded pastures, icy streams and of course that unmistakeable wouldn’t get it anywhere else in the world Donegal charm!

Tourism in Donegal has been a hot topic in the last number of years as initiatives are being put in place to attract tourists to see the county’s beauty. Hot attractions like the Wild Atlantic Way route, Sliabh Liag and Fanad lighthouse have seen the tourism industry grow, but how did we get here and how can we keep Donegal as a top tourist destination?


Donegal County Council has been working with Failte Ireland to fund the conservation and development of some of the county’s most popular attractions. With additional investment from European funding programmes excellent infrastructural work is taking place to enhance visitor facilities at Sliabh Liag and Malin Head and work is about to commence on Fanad Lighthouse.  These are the three main Signature Points on the Wild Atlantic Way in the county that will see a constant growth in visitor numbers in coming years.

Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council stated that “working together we are now presented with a wonderful opportunity to gain a much stronger market share of tourism in Ireland, which will benefit the local economy. Donegal is one of Ireland’s most beautiful, rugged and unspoiled tourism destinations and our vision is to promote Donegal as a world class tourism destination of excellence.”

The Donegal Experience is unique and truly breathtaking and that’s why a holiday in Donegal is always fun. County Donegal has loads to do and see for all the family. A golfer’s paradise, a surfer’s dream, walking, cycling and angling are all on offer in Ireland’s adventure capital.



Malin Head – Donegal’s most northerly point

The Donegal Diaspora project continues to reap rewards for Donegal as a resource for the economic, social and cultural development of the county. The project allows for connections between Donegal and its Diaspora world wide to develop skills and networks and to share resources and experience. Funding from Donegal County Council, Failte Ireland and IPB Insurance have allowed for the achievements in tourism following The Gathering 2013 to foster the many links with the Diaspora, which is founded on the basis that relationships exist between ‘people and places’.

Recently Donegal County Council in association with Failte Ireland and Donegal Tourism Ltd held the ‘Connecting the Wild Atlantic Way’ conference in Donegal. This cutting edge digital marketing conference held on Thursday last provided businesses with an insight into how to blend digital marketing activities with the promotion of the Wild Atlantic Way touring route in Donegal to ensure lasting results for their tourism business.

So our advice even if you live in Donegal is to take yourself away and explore Donegal’s hidden treasures along its six fabulous touring routes. Experience Irish Culture at its best along the Wild Atlantic Way and take time to share a story or two. Because every day is a journey in County Donegal.

Tourism in Donegal

  • Donegal attracted 174,000 Overseas Visitors in 2012
  • Donegal attracted 41% Market share for NW Region
  • Overseas Visitors generated €40 million for the Donegal Economy
  • The Wild Atlantic Way is 2,500km long.
  • Donegal boasts Europe’s highest sea-cliffs at Sliabh Liag.
  • Donegal has more Blueflag Beaches than any other County – 13!
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