Donegal – Hidden gem winner 2017

Silver Strand Donegal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Strand Donegal: “It’s hidden in plain sight, but it has the best of everything Ireland has to offer. Wild scenery, warm locals, outdoor pursuits, top hospitality. And you’ll have the whole place to yourself! Absolutely worth the long journey north.”

Here are just some reader tips:

Glencolmcille: “Situated on the Sliabh League peninsula in southwest Donegal, this is a beautiful coastal place with beautiful beaches, a sense of history, hill-walking paths, a lovely village and folk museum and friendly people. It’s one of my favourite places in the world.”

Silver Strand Beach: “Always glistening, with dolphins at play, this stunning hidden beach is 10 minutess from Sliabh Liag Cliffs — the highest sea cliffs in Europe.”

The Poisoned Glen, Dunlewey: “While the origins of the name remain uncertain, there is no denying the sheer haunting beauty of this unspoiled valley. Here, within this karst rocky landscape at the foot of Errigal Mountain, you’ll find the burned stone ruins of Dunlewey Church with its remarkably well-preserved exterior walls and large belfry… a truly awe-inspiring landscape.”

St John’s Point: “A tiny Donegal beach along with some beautiful cliffs… the view is breath-taking and it’s so peaceful. Seems to receive very little advertising or publicity… but perhaps that’s part of the attraction.”

The Slieve League Cliffs in Donegal, one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe. 

 

 

 

 

The Slieve League Cliffs

Atlantic Drive, Downings: “This eight-mile (approx.) coastal walk is only beautiful — I never tire of the sea views and the rugged rural countryside. After about two thirds of the journey, reward yourself with a drink in The Singing Pub before finishing your walk back into Downings.”

Doon fort, Portnoo: “A stone fort in the middle of Doon Lough, reachable by boat, dating back to 300 BC, very impressive and unique in Ireland.”

Reproduced from Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards 14/01/2017

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