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A Visit to Donegal

Donegal named "Coolest place on planet" by National Geographic 2016

Kilcar, Birthplace of Studio Donegal

Studio Donegal is situated in Kilar, South West Donegal, where there is an ancient tradition in hand weaving and woollen manufacturing.

About 300 people live in the village and another 1,500 in the surrounding parish. Many are part-time farmers and fishermen.

The area has always been attractive to anglers and hill-walkers and many visitors come to Donegal to visit the maritime mountain scenery and music and company in the public houses.  Others have moved to the area, which is still partly Gaelic -speaking to learn the language. 

Slieve League Mountain along The Wild Atlantic Way

Slieve League Cliffs near Studio Donegal

On at trip to Studio Donegal to see us, you can't return without a visit to Slieve League, just 11 km away (21 minutes) on the Wild Atlantic Way coast of County Donegal.  You can either park at the very bottom of the famous cliffs or drive up to the top to appreciate the spectacular and stunning views. It stands at 601 metres and has some of the highest sea cliffs in Ireland.

An Irish Weaver's Rugged Remote Life

An extract from The Weavers episode of "Hands", the award winning Irish documentary series screened on RTE in the 70's.  RTE is Ireland's National Television and Radio Broadcaster.

Glenveagh National Park

A good 2 hours from Studio Donegal but well worth the trip!  A spectacular deer forest with castle, lakes,waterfalls, guided trails and outdoor learning centre in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in the north west of County Donegal.

At the centre of the Park on the edge of Lough Veagh is Glenveagh Castle, a late 19th century castellated mansion, built as a hunting lodge. At the same time Scots pine woodlands were planted and red deer re-introduced.Surrounding the Castle are the renowned Gardens, boasting a multitude of exotic plants whose luxuriance contrasts starkly with the surrounding barren landscape. The Walled Garden is a horticultural masterpiece, as are the Italian Terrace and Tuscan Garden. For more info see Glenveagh National Park website.

Malin Head

View from Malin Head

Malin Head lies on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal at the most northerly tip of Ireland. On the Wild Atlantic Way, the area is known for its spectacular coastal scenery, abundance of birdlife and history. Along the west side of the Wild Atlantic Way, you will arrive at Banba's Crown. Known locally as "The Tower", it was built originally by the British Admiralty in 1805 as part of many buildings built around the Irish coast for protection against French invasion. Nearby, you will see WWII look-out posts. There was plenty to observe and report on at the time as German U-boats attacked convoys in the area.