Travel — Ireland
Donegal & Northwest Ireland
Counties of Northwest Ireland
— Donegal, Leitrim & Sligo
The Northwest counties of Ireland (pictured above in blue) is known for its beautiful mountains, lakes, and great outdoor activities — world-class golfing, fun water sports, surfing, angling, deep-sea fishing, horseback riding, mountain climbing... and more!
County Sligo is a fun place to enjoy surfing, wind-surfing, kite-surfing, kayaking... and more! Surfing lessons are also offered for all ages and skill levels.
The Northwest region includes the counties of Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo.
Area attractions include:
- a surfer's paradise
the largest number of links courses in Ireland
- beautiful scenery and beaches
- Glenveagh National Park
- Grianan Aileach Stone Fort
- Inch Wildfowl Reserve
Ireland’s premier wetland site
- Sliabh Liag
- - cliffs on the West Coast of Donegal
- Rathmullan seaside village
- Surfing in County Sligo
Donegal is the most northerly of the Irish counties — it has the largest number of links courses in Ireland, drawing golfers from around the world.
Famous for its beautiful landscape (check out Bunglass Cliffs, pictured below — they're the highest cliffs in Europe (and twice the height of Ireland's famous Cliffs of Moher), Donegal is also renowned for its fresh seafood and traditional Irish culture (music, dance, concerts) — it's a FUN place to visit.
Donegal is also home to Ireland's largest Gaeltacht (Gaelic speaking area). There are other Gaeltacht areas in the west of Ireland in Galway, and in Dingle Bay (located in the southwest of County Kerry), however most signage is in both English and Irish.
Bundoran, located on the most south westerly tip of Donegal, is one Ireland's most popular surfing destinations — it's considered a surfer's paradise!