I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for paying us a visit as you plan your Donegal Escape. Whether it’s a return or a first time visit to Donegal, we hope that one of our properties will be the place you choose to spend your time.
The aim of My Donegal Escape is to provide our guests with beautifully designed properties which offer luxury touches and all the home comforts you would need for a wonderful holiday. The locations have been carefully chosen by us and are some of our favourite places to visit in Donegal. Many of our properties have been loving restored by myself and my husband Martin over the last decade, hence they all hold a special place in our hearts. From the elegant grandeur of the Glen House, where we ran a Bed and Breakfast for many years, to the more intimate modern surroundings of No 15 St Josephs Ave, which was the home my grandmother shared with her husband Ralph and where I have some wonderful childhood memories. My wish now is that you and your family will make treasured memories in these homes.
Having worked almost 20 years in the tourism industry here in Donegal I am passionate about the county and love getting to share all it has to offer with my guests. Please do not hesitate in reaching out with any questions you may have regarding the properties or indeed the local area.
I look forward to hopefully hosting you very soon.
Our exclusive holiday homes throughout Co Donegal are generally selected initially for their great locations. Our luxury self-catering properties enjoy prime locations, either near a beach, or with beautiful sea or mountain views.
Why visit Donegal? There are a million reasons to visit this wild and wonderful county, from the rich cultural heritage to the breath-taking adventures that everyone can enjoy. Incredible landscapes, towering peaks, rugged coastlines and a host of golden beaches are just some of the things that make a Donegal Escape so special.
Here are a selection of our top picks of things to do in this wonderful county that we are lucky enough to call home. As there are too many to mention them all we have also listed some of Donegal’s wonderful tourism websites. These will help you plan which sites and sounds you wish to experience during your visit.
Glenveagh National Park
This beautiful nation park lies in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in the north-west of Co. Donegal. It is a remote and hauntingly beautiful wilderness which includes the Castle and its stunning Gardens. We love to park our car and walk to the castle alongside the lake, before stopping off for a treat in the castles tearooms. The walk is 3.5km long each way, but if you don’t want to walk back there is a shuttle bus.
Slieve League Cliffs
No trip to Donegal is complete without a visit to the magical Slieve League. At 596 metres, it has some of the highest sea cliffs on the island of Ireland. Although less famous than the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Slieve League’s cliffs reach almost three times higher. With break taking views I have visited this site in all seasons and it is just as special in the wilds of winter than it is during a clear summers day.
Five Fingers Strand & Malin Head
No trip to Donegal would be complete without a visit to Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head which is renowned for its dramatic landscape and beautiful beaches. En-route to Malin Head when traveling from the market town of Carndonagh lies a beautiful secluded beach called Five Fingers Strand. The name comes from five narrow sea stacks that protrude from the water on the north side of the beach which allude to fingers. The beach is backed by sand dunes which are reputed to be some of the highest marum grass dunes in Europe.
While visiting Donegal I would highly recommend visiting one it islands. Our favourite is Arranmore. There is a feeling of enchantment from the moment you step aboard the ferry at Burtonport. Arranmore Island or Árainn Mhór in Irish is wild and untamed and has a rich and vibrant heritage and culture and has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The Gaelic traditions are still thriving on the Arranmore Island and if you are looking for a real taste of island life, then this is not to be missed on your Donegal escape.
The Poisoned Glen & Mount Errigal
The Poisoned Glen lies at the foot of Mount Errigal, the tallest peak of the Derryveagh Mountains range, in Dunlewey. The Poisoned Glen is one of the most renowned areas in Co. Donegal for its sweeping valleys, imposing mountains and shimmering lakes. Keep an eye out for the ghost of the Green Lady on the Guinness Estate across the tranquil Dunlewey Lough!! For the more adventurous of my guests why not hike to the top of Errigal where you will be rewarded with the most breath-taking scenery.