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IFTN LOCATIONS GUIDE - DONEGAL

TRAVEL INFORMATION
The distance from Letterkenny in County Donegal to Dublin is approximately 146 miles/235 km, from Cork 280 miles/450km, from Shannon 207 miles/333km, Rosslare 248 miles/400 km. Bus Eireann and Ulsterbus provide regular services to Donegal. County Donegal has its own regional airport located in Carrckfinn.
GENERAL INFORMATION

Donegal boasts a spectacular mountainous landscape with a dramatic coastline. The population of Donegal is approximately 129,000. In the far west of the county is the officially-recognised Irish speaking area - the Gaeltacht. Donegal County covers a land area of 1869 square miles or 4839 square kilometres. This Ulster county has the largest number of native Irish speakers in Ireland. The dialect spoken here has more in common with highland Gaelic than with the southern strain. There are many links with Scotland and many districts of Glasgow are reputed to be like parishes of west Donegal.

IFTN LOCATIONS GUIDE
 Transport  Accommodation  Government Offices
 Key Locations  Tourist Offices  Gardai/Police
 Hospitals  Utilities  Filmography

 TRANSPORT

Bus
Bus Eireann provide services to County Donegal from Dublin, Sligo, Belfast and other counties. For further information on bus services telephone: 01 8366111 or 074 21309

Ulster Bus, in conjunction with Lough Swilly Bus Service, serves Belfast, Strabane, Enniskillen, Ballybofey, Glenties, Killybegs, Donegal Town, and Ballyshannon.

Rail
There are no rail services to County Donegal.

Sea Ireland is linked to Britain and Europe by a number of car-ferry routes. The main ports of entry are Cork, Dublin and Rosslare.

Airports Donegal Regional Airport is situated in Carrickfinn in the north-west of the county, catering mostly for commuter-type aircraft. The airport is served by direct flights from Dublin, Glasgow and Jersey. 075 48232

Car Rental Agencies

J.J. Reid Motors

Letterkenny

074 22333

Donegal Car and Van Rental

Donegal

075 48416

Taxi Companies

Divers Taxis

College Farm Road, Letterkenny.

074 22744

L.T. Taxis

Carndonagh, Co. Donegal.

074 9374580

Skelly Taxis

Bredaghglen Moville Co. Donegal

074 9382173

Mac's Taxis

33 Dr McGinley Road , Letterkenny.

074 27222

Aircraft Hire

Airlink Airways (Mayo)

Ellison St. , Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

094 23349

 ACCOMMODATION

Hotels

Creevy Pier Hotel

Creevy, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.

072 51236

Fort Royal Hotel

Rathmullen, Co. Donegal.

074 58100

Great Northern Hotel

Bundoran, Co. Donegal.

072 41204

Harvey 's Point Country Hotel

Lough Eske, Donegal.

073 22208

Holyroad Hotel

Main St. , Bundoran, Co. Donegal.

072 41232

Hotel Carrigart

Carrigart, Co. Donegal.

074 55114

Kee's Hotel

Stranorlar, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal.

074 31018

Lake of Shadows Hotel

Grianán Park , Buncrana, Co.Donegal

077 61005

The Mount Errigal Hotel

Ballyraine, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

074 22700

Ostán Gweedore

Bunbeg, Co. Donegal

075 31177

Ostán Glenveagh

Golf Course Road , Gweedore, Derrybeg.

075 32222

Flat Rental Agencies

Porter Properties

12 Main St. , Buncrana, Co. Donegal.

077 61083

Office Rental Agencies

Donegal Properties

Tirconnaill St. , Donegal Town.

073 23299

GOVERNMENT OFFICES

Donegal Film Office

Donegal Film Commission, Public Services Centre, Donegal County Council, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

074 9194200

Chamber of Commerce

Bridge Street, Donegal

073 22312

Civil Defence

Letterkenny

074 2 23 15

County Council Offices

County House, Lifford, Co. Donegal.

074 41066

County Donegal Arts Officer

 

074 21968

Office of Public Works

District Office

074 21365

KEY LOCATIONS

 RURAL

Bluestack Mountains
Located north of Donegal Town, the mountain range contains marshy hills, lakes and waterfalls. It forms part of the Ulster Way trail.


Derryveagh Mountains
Reaching its peak at Mount Errigal, this wild and rugged range boasts the spectacular Glenvagh National Park : The extent of the park incorporates the two highest mountains in Donegal, Errigal and Slieve Snacht, and an extensive deer reserve. The part most frequented by visitors, includes Lough Beagh, Glenveagh Castle and Gardens and the nearby Visitor Centre. The largest red deer population in Ireland is contained within this estate, which was created by George Adair in 1857.


Ards Forest Park
Near Creeslough.This park is approximately 405 hectares which includes dunes and beaches, lakes, deciduous and coniferous trees, nature trails, salt marshes, rock faces, ancient ring forts, a dolmen and scenic picnic sites. Lough Lilly is situated nearby.


Glencolumbcille Peninsula
This green verdant valley is a centre of pilgrimage.

 COASTAL

Slieve League
Donegal has a coastline of 200 miles, with spectacular beaches, rugged islands, scenic rivers, lakes and the highest cliffs in Europe at Slieve League.This spectacular cliff range, overlooking Donegal Bay, adopts an amber glow at sunset.

Inishowen Peninsula
This vast peninsula, between Loughs Foyle and Swilly, off the wild northern coast offers some of the most rugged and beautiful scenery in the country.

Malin Head
Ireland ’s most northerly point has 200ft cliffs and some wild coastline walks. There is a huge ravine in the cliffs named Hell’s Hole.

Gap of Mamore
Stunning views are available from this area between Mamore and Urris Hills.

Bloody Foreland
Located in the very north of the county, there are some great panoramic views from here. It gets its name from the reddish glow of the rocks at sunset. Fanad Peninsula - the Knockalla Coast Road overlooks beautiful Ballymacstocker Bay.

Rosguill Peninsula
The much photographed Trá na Rossan is located here.

Tory Island
This 4 by 1 mile island is located 8 miles off the northern mainland, the ferry for the island leaves from the Magheroarty Harbour. Predominantly composed of high cliffs and huge rocks, Tory Island is difficult to reach except in fine weather. The ruins of a St. Columba monastry lie here.

The Rosses
This headland near Dungloe boasts over 100 tiny lakes amongst rocky land.

Aranmore Island
Reached by ferry from Burtonport, Aranmore Island has some beautiful, wild scenery with over a thousand inhabitants.

Lough Keel
The village around this pretty lake is now deserted.

Lough Doon
This fascinating lake contains a tiny islet covered by a fort with ruins of passages and high walls.

Lough Derg
Famous for Station Island, its pilgrimage centre, close to the shore. The vast complex includes a basilica and makes for a remarkable sight. Catholic pilgrims spend three days on the island, fasting and praying.

Beaches
Bundoran, Rossnowlagh, Narin Strand, Falcarragh, Dunfanaghy, Ballyliffen.

Islands
Gola, Inishdooey, Inishbeg are situated off the north-western coast of the county.

Rivers
The Finn, Swilly, Deele, Oily, Eske, Lennon, Cranna and Erne flow through Donegal.

 HISTORICAL

Donegal Castle
A restored 15th century Norman Tower House situated in Donegal Town. Features include a period fireplace, turrets, Curtain Wall and Gate House.


Grianán Ailigh
This ancient stone fort situated in Burt in the Inishowen area, built about 1,700 BC and was at one time the residence of the kings of Ulster. From the top of Grianan one can see Lough Swilly from where the Gaelic Aristocracy fled to France in 1607. This event is known as the "Flight of the Earls".


The Rock of Doon
This ceremonial stone is located on the site where chiefs of the O’ Donnell clan were crowned. Nearby Doon Well is an ancient pagan site and still attracts a few pilgrims.


Pre-historic and early Christian sites
• Beltany Stone Circle, Raphoe
• O'Doherty's Keep, Buncrana
• Burt Castle, near Fahan
• Carndonagh Cross & Slabs, Carndonagh
• Carrowmore High Crosses, near Culdaff
• Clonca Church and Cross, near Culdaff
• Conwal Church & Graveslabs, near Letterkenny
• Cooley Churches and Cross, near Moville
• Doe Castle, near Carrigart
• Rathmullen Friary, Rathmullen
• Pluck Standing Stone, Letterkenny
• Round Tower, Church & Crosses, Tory Island
• Fahan Cross-Slabs
• Megalithic Tombs & Early Cross-Slabs
• Greencastle Castle, Greencastle
• Stone Carvings, Raphoe
• Ray Church & Cross, Gortahork

 INTERIORS

County Museum , Letterkenny
This musuem houses a fascinating display of artefacts.


Newmills, Letterkenny
This is one of Donegal's oldest mills situated on the banks of the River Swilly just outside Letterkenny. One of the largest water wheels in action can be seen.


Glebe House & Gallery, Churchill
The art collection was given to the nation by the artist Derek Hill. They are situated in woodland gardens overlooking Gartan Lake.


Lifford Courthouse
An fascinating 18th century building located in Lifford.


Glenveagh Castle
A Scottish style castle is surrounded by gardens. The visitors centre includes displays, continuous audiovisual show and restaurant.


The Workhouse, Dunfanaghy
The workhouse opened in 1845. Part of it now houses an exhibition recalling life both inside and outside the Workhouse. There are art exhibitions, audiovisual presentation, a coffee shop, craftsand traditional music.


Lurgyvale Thatched Cottage, Kilmacrenan
This thatched cottage is 150 years old, and it has an open hearth fire on a flagged floor. Farm implements are on display, and demonstrations of traditional crafts shown.

Letterkenny
The largest and principal town in County Donegal, located at the mouth of Lough Swilly between Fanad Peninsula and Innishowen Peninsula. Some notable sights include St. Eunan's Cathedral, the Church of Conwal and St. Eunan's College.


Bundoran
Situated on the border between the counties of Leitrim and Donegal, Bundoran is a popular seaside resort town set among magnificent cliffs. Stunning rock formations nearby include Puffing Hole and Fairy Bridge.


Ardara
A designated Bórd Fáilte ' Heritage Town', Ardara is situated on the western coast of the county at the neck of the Loughos Peninsula. Nearby are the caves of Magheragh and Assaranca Waterfalls.There are magnificent views from Drumbaron Hill, a few minutes walk from the town centre.


Ballyshannon
Situated on the River Erne in the south of the county. The town has long narrow winding Georgian streets.


Ballybofey
This village is a twin town separated from Stranorlar by the River Finn.


Bunbeg
Situated in a Gaeltacht region on Donegal's western seaboard.


Buncrana
The principal town and resort of the Inishowen Peninsula, Buncrana is situated on the shores of Lough Swilly and boasts a 5km sandy beach. The Crana River runs through the area.


Dunlewy
A tiny village situated at the foot of Errigal Mountain in a wooded glen. The village overlooks two lakes and there is spectacular scenery in the area.


Glenties
A scenically located town, situated where two glens meet with the Bluestack Mountains to the south. The Courthouse and market house both date from the middle of the 19th century. The village has won the National Tidy Towns Award four times.


Gweedore (Gaoth Dobhair)
This Gaeltacht parish is famous for its many fine angling lakes.


Ramelton
A picturesque town north of Letterkenny and at the mouth of the Lennon River where it enters Lough Swilly. The town is a designated Bórd Fáilte ' Heritage Town' with a Georgian theme. The ancient stone bridge and handsome houses make this an attractive town.


Donegal Town
Situated on the River Eske. Just west of the town are miles of open bog and tiny lakes.


Dungloe
This market town just below the Rosses Lakes is a popular angling centre.


Killybegs
This traditional village, of winding streets, has one of the busiest fishing ports in Ireland. Rotten Island lies in Killybegs Bay.


TOURIST OFFICES

Derry Road , Letterkenny.

074 21160

GARDAI/POLICE

Letterkenny

074 22222

Ballybofey

074 31002

Ballyshannon

072 51102

Buncrana

077 61555

Donegal

073 21021

Glenties

075 51108

HOSPITALS

Donegal District Hospital

073 21019

Dungloe District Hospital

075 21044

Letterkenny General

074 25888

UTILITIES

ESB - Electricity Supply Board

Donegal

Letterkenny.

074 26278

Donegal

Killybegs

073 31500

Waste Disposal

Letterkenny Skip Hire Ltd

Ballyrane, Letterkenny.

074 39099

Patrick Lorgan & Sons Ltd

Ludden, Buncrana.

077 61888

Seán McBride

Skip Hire, Factory Road, Derrybeg.

075 32085

Tony Sharkey Waste

Bunaman, Annagry.

075 48229

Ferry Refuse Collection

13c Rosemount, Letterkenny.

074 26719

Laghey Waste

Laghey, Donegal.

073 21847



FILMOGRAPHY - DONEGAL
 Film Name  Director  Year
-  A Death In Donegal    2006
-  A Shine of Rainbows  Vic Sarin  2009
-  All My Lovely Boys  Fiona O'Doherty  1990
-  All Soul's Day  Alan Gilsenan  1997
-  An Paiste Beo Bocht (Child of the Dead End)  Desmond Bell  2009
-  Ar Dover Fein  Louis Lentin  2001
-  Battle Of The Bogside  Vinny Cunningham  2004
-  Beannacht an Fhomhair  Mairin Seoighe  1994
-  Blath Gach Geag da tTig  Philip King  
-  Bogwoman  Tom Collins  1997
-  Camchuairt  Mairin Seoighe  
-  Ceol Cois Locha  Mairin Seoighe  1997
-  Ceol Cois Locha  Mairin Seoighe  1999
-  Clannad in Donegal  Billy McGrath  1990
-  Dancing at Lughnasa  Pat O'Connor  1998
-  Dear Daughter  Louis Lentin  1996
-  Estella  Steve Woods  1999
-  Everybody's Gone  N J Bristow  1995
-  Eye of the Storm  Joel Conroy  2002
-  Féilte 2005    2005
-  Filí na gCnoc  Genevieve McGill  2004
-  Frank Ned & Busy Lizzie  Neasa Ni Chianain  2003
-  Fullerton  Dónall Ó Maolfabhail  2005
-  Gods Faeries and Misty Mountains  Neasa Ni Chianain  2003
-  Gotha Ghaoth Dobhair  Seán Ó Cuireáin  2006
-  High Boot Benny  Joe Comerford  1993
-  Hush-a-Bye Baby  Margo Harkin  1989
-  Leargas: Na Ligsinn i nDearmad  Pat Butler  2004
-  Lesser Spotted Ulster Series 9    2005
-  Longliners  Kevin Jacobsen  1993
-  Mad Dog Coll  Pat Comer  2000
-  Mí na Meala 2’    2008
-  Mir Friends  Peter Kelly  1999
-  Ninety Seconds  Gerard Lough  2012
-  Oilean Thorai    2003
-  RPM Donegal International Rally    2006
-  SRL    2004
-  Sunset Heights  Colm Villa  1998
-  Teenage Cics  Frank Berry  2005
-  Teenage Kicks The Undertones  Tom Collins  2001
-  That Highland Thing  Robert Corkey  2004
-  The Hanging Gale  Diarmuid Lawrence  1995
-  The Last Storyteller?  Desmond Bell  2002
-  The Schooner  Bill Miskelly  1983
-  The Secret of Roan Inish  John Sayles  1994
-  The Stranger  Neasa Ni Chianáin  2014
-  Traffic Blues  Jonathan Levy  2009
-  Treadai an Chnoic  Mal Marken  2005
-  Wake Wood, The  David Keating  2009
-  Waveriders  Joel Conroy  2008
-  Wild Trials    2004




 
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