Donegal Holiday Cottages

View a large selection of holiday cottages throughout Donegal. View traditional coastal cottages, homes with free wifi and beach front properties.

Inishtrahull Island Donegal

Inistrahull was once a thriving inshore fishing community. The island saw an almost 100% population increase between the years 1881 and 1901.

Donegal Thatched Cottages

Traditional Irish Thatched Cottages – In olden times the thatched cottages were very popular throughout Ireland.

New Malin Head Tourism Project

New Malin Head Tourism Project – A Malin Head tourism project has been launched which will see development of a cliff top path and a viewing platform at this iconic visitor attraction. In welcoming guests to the launch of the EU funded marine tourism project at Malin Head, television personality Joe Mahon explained that the INTREERG IVA funded project will enhance, protect and promote the unique environment of Ireland’s most northerly point.

Part of the project works will see the building of passing places along the roads leading to the headland. A disabled viewing access area and cliff top trail will allow the visitor to safely enjoy the fabulous views across to Inishtrahull island and the Scottish isles beyond.

  • New Malin head Tourism Project

The aim of the development of facilities at Malin Head is to enhance the visitor experience and increase tourism in the area.

Donegal County Council and Loughs Agency are working together to develop a tourism product that will create many long-term benefits for the local community.

The Malin Head project represents an example of excellent partnership working between Loughs Agency (as lead partner) and Donegal County Council (as project partner). The Loughs Agency plans several other marine tourism and angling development projects funded by a €4 million programme of investment through the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

Speaking at the launch, John Pollock (Acting Chief Executive of the Loughs Agency) highlighted that the Malin Head project presents a fantastic opportunity to enhance the tourism offer at this iconic place. He went on to praise the contribution of local landowners, the wider Malin Head community, Donegal County Council and council staff without whom the project could not have gone ahead. John went on to explain that EU funding has proved an enabler – the finance to match the goodwill of local people, the efforts of council staff and the perseverance of Loughs Agency staff.

Donegal County Council’s Tourism Development Officer commented: “Donegal County Council is delighted to be working with Loughs Agency and the SEUPB in the delivery of this project. The Malin Head project is part of Donegal County Councils ongoing efforts to develop the area as a world-class visitor destination. In addition to the support of the local landowners and Malin Head Community Association, this project is the result of the hard work of the Malin Head Steering Group, chaired by Inishowen Development Partnership”.

It is hoped that the project will complete later this year.

Donegal Gathering Events

Donegal Gathering Events
During 2013, local communities in Donegal will invite thousands of friends and family from all over the world, calling them home to gatherings in villages and towns throughout the county. The Donegal Gathering provides a unique opportunity to reach out to those who have moved away, their relatives, friends and descendants, and invite them home. To find an event in your area, use the search box below.

April1st Apr for 6 months The GweebarraDoochary
April1st Apr-31st OctThe Exhibition BundoranBundoran
April4th-8thAmazing Grace Festival 2013Buncrana
April5th-7thBoyce O’Boyce FanadPortsalon
April12th-13th AprThe BlessingBallyliffin
April16thSmith Wuertz GatheringMilford
May1st-31st MayBealtaine FestivalDonegal
May1st May-22nd SeptThe International Golf GatheringBallyliffin
May3rd-6thDungloe Walking Weekend The RossesDungloe
May3rd-5thSiúlóid Thulach BeaglaighFalcarragh
May4th-5thLaghey Blast FestivalLaghey
May4th-5thLegan Road Reunion 2013Inver
May4thThe Coyle Family GatheringBallyliffin
May5thNorth West Charity 10K Road Race & WalkLetterkenny
May8th-10thLaurentic Conference in BuncranaBuncrana
May10th-12thReunion of Campsite & Caravan Visitors to Lakeside CentreBallyshannon
May16th-19thGuth Gafa Film Festival(Inishowen) & Derry
May18thDanny Mc Daid Athletics Track Opening Aura Leisure CentreLetterkenny
May25th-26thAnnual Northwest Garden ShowCastlefinn
May25th-26thRelay for Life DonegalLetterkenny
May30th May-2ndRory Gallagher Tribute FestivalBallyshannon
May31st -3rd JuneLetterkenny Golf Club CenteneryLetterkenny
May31st -3rd JuneSeisiun Thir ChonaillDungloe
May31st -3rd JuneHillwalking in the Donegal HighlandsGlencolmcille
May31st -3rd JuneWalking and Talking in DonegalDonegal
June1st-2ndFootball Competition Arranmore Challenge ArranmoreIsland
Junefrom 3rd(summer months) Donegal Garden TrailCo. Donegal
June1st-3rdMevagh Ramblers Walking FestivalCarrigart / Downings
June3rd-15thIrish Aerial Dance FestLetterkenny
June7th-9thGlebe School ReunionDonegal Town
June7th-9thWelcome Home To MissionariesMuff (Inishowen)
June7th-8thFarren Family Gathering 2013Carndonagh
June8th-9thKelly Family ReunionBallybofey
June21st -21st JulEaragail Arts FestivalCountywide
June21stRaking the AshesDonegal Town
June21st-23rdSea SessionsBundoran
June21stMcMenamin Clann GatheringRaphoe
June21st-22ndFéile Grianan AilighBurt
June27th-30thColgan Heritage WeekCarndonagh
June28th-30thFéile Na Sean BheairiceFalcarragh
June28thThe Whitehouse Garden OpeningCastlefinn
June29thFinding your Roots in DonegalCarrigans
June29thGaelforce North Glenveagh NPGweedore
June29th -6th JulEnvironment and Culture SchoolGlencolmcille
June29thAnnual Finn Valley Agricultural ShowKillygordon
June30thFort Dunree CommemorationBuncrana
July1st-21stEaragail Arts FestivalCountywide
July1stAdventure IrelandBundoran
July5th-7th4th McMenamin Family Reunion CloghanLetterkenny
July6th JuRamelton Pantomine 50th Production ReunionRamelton
July6thOwens Cavanagh Clan ReunionDownings
July6th13th Hillwalking in the Donegal HighlandsGlencolmcille
July6th -24th AugMarine Painting SchoolGlencolmcille
July6thRossnowlagh 12th ParadeRossnowlagh
July6thSHS ReunionBallyshannon
July7th-12thRamelton’s 44th Annual Lennon FestivalRamelton
July8thArthur Kingsley Porter Mystery TourGortahork
July8th-15thIn Through GatheringGlencolumcille
July11th-14thBuncrana Music FestivalBuncrana
July13thClannad & Altan plus special guests Festival MarqueeCarrickfinn
July12th-14thThe HomecomingNewtowncunningham
July12th-14thCarrick Tech 60 Year ReunionCarrick
July12th-14th225 Years Church CelebrationLettermacaward
July15th-19thCeol na Coille Irish Music Summer School GlenswillyLetterkenny
July17th31st Inishowen Culture NightsCuldaff
July18th-21stFestiFál 2013Falcarragh
July20thCoastal Cancer ChallengeDunfanaghy
July20th-21stRosses Snorklefest 2013Burtonport
July20th-27thBurtonport Summer FestivalBurtonport
July20th-27thSummer School in Ireland’s Language and CultureGlencolmcille
July22nd-26thBundoran Gathering Golf OpenBundoran
July23rd-27thDave Gallaher International Summer SchoolRamelton
July26th-28thFéile Chnoc Fola Gaoth DobhairBunaLeaca
July26thNurses Reunion CorryPortsalon
July26th-29thGillen Clan GatheringDonegal Town
July26thDoherty Hutton Family Gathering 2013Buncrana
July27th -5th AugMary from DungloeDungloe
July27th -3rd AugArchaeology Summer School-5000 years in StoneGlencolmcille
July27thThe Twelve Townlands of Townawilly ReunionDonegal Town
July27th-28thBarrett Clan Gathering KilclooneyPortnoo
July27th-28thGola Island FestivalGola Island
July28thDonegal’s Leghowney Gathering LeghowneyDonegal Town
July29th -2nd AugThe 28th Annual Donegal Fiddle Summer SchoolGlencolmcille
August1st-3rdGlassan National School ReunionCreeslough
August2ndMass at the Mass Rock Rodgers BurnLetterkenny
August1st-5thCarndonagh Community School 40 Year ReunionCarndonagh
August2nd-5thMuff Festival 2013 The HomecomingMuff Village
August2nd-6thDesertegney Community GatheringBuncrana
August2nd-5thThe Drimarone Schools Gathering DrimaroneDonegal Town
August3rdMulroy Bay SwimLetterkenny
August3rd-5thErrigal International Youth TourChurchill & Letterkenny
August3rd-4thDedication Ceremony ‘The Erne Estuary FishermenBallyshannon
August3rd-4thLetterkenny LiveLetterkenny
August3rd-10thArdara GatheringArdara
August3rd-4thDrumkeen Old School Reunion DrumkeenBallybofey
August4th-5thRelive Ireland of 1750’s 1850’s and 1950’sGlencolmcille Folk Village
August4th-11thClonmany Festival 2013Clonmany
August5thMunich to MagherarabhartaighGortahork
August5th-9thO’Donnell Clan Gathering 2013Donegal Town
August5thMoville Celtic Sport DayMoville
August5th-11thBallyshannon 400Ballyshannon
August5th-11thThe Kilcar Gathering Feile Ceoil ChillChartha Kilcar
August5thRathmullan RegattaRathmullan
August7,14, 21,28Inishowen Culture NightCuldaff
August7th-10thMcGowan/McHugh Family GatheringMoville
August7th-11thThe Kildarragh FairDungfanaghy
August9th-11thLoinneog Lunasa Gaoth DobhairDerrybeg
August9th-18thCavanaghs of Carrowhugh ReunionGreencastle
August9th-16thThe Glen of Glenties GatheringGlenties
August10th-17thMeenan and Mimnagh Clan GatheringRathmullan
August11th-18thWindow To The Past The Gallowglass PeriodMilford
August17thPhil and Grace Family ReunionArranmore Island
August17thThe Gathering Concert BuncranaBuncrana
August17thThe Gathering of the Clans Monreagh Heritage CentreCarrigans
August17th-25thHeritage Week in County DonegalDonegal
August20thColeen Lloy in ConcertLetterkenny
August22nd -2nd SeptCome Gather Round People Sixties FestivalMoville & Greencastle
August22nd-25thDylanFest on the LoughMoville & Greencastle
August23rd-25thA Taste Of Donegal Food FestivalDonegal Town
August23rd-25thFeile Carraig Arts & Culture 2013Carrigart
August23rd-25thThe Evil Eye FestivalFalcarragh
August24th-25thFloods of Tievemore Pettigo Donegal ReunionPettigo
August26th -1st SeptNational Songwriters FestivalMoville & Greencastle
August30th -1st SeptBeatlesFest on the LoughMoville & Greencastle
Sept2nd-5thWest Coast Challenge 2013Bundoran
Sept6th-14thThe Gallagher Clan Gathering 2013Gortahork
Sept7thArthur Kingsley Porter Mystery TourGortahork
Sept12th-22ndSew NorthBuncrana
Sept13th-15thMiles of MemoriesInver
Sept15thThe Bryson Family Gathering CarriganLifford
Sept20thCulture NightLetterkenny
Sept23rd-27thDonegal To Antrim Appalachian Trail Walking Festival 2013Harvey’s Point Donegal
Sept27th-29thTip O’Neill Donegal Diaspora AwardBuncrana
Sept27thThe Scotch WeekendDungloe
Sept27th-29thJohnny Doherty Festival Ardara 2013,/b>Ardara
Sept27th -6th OctDonegal Bay and Bluestacks FestivalDonegal Town and Ballyshannon
October4th-6thMorrisons of Straid ClonmanyClonmany
October10th-14thCharles Macklin Autumn SchoolCuldaff
October19th-20thCrana Canoe Weekend BuncranaBuncrana
October25th-27thSeamus McManus and Ethna Carberry weekend of storytellingMountcharles
OctoberOct-NovCross Border Orchestra of IrelandUlster Scots Night
Nov7th-10thAllingham Arts FestivalBallyshannon
Nov11th-19thUlster Dancing ChampionshipsBuncrana
Nov22ndDonegal People of the YearDonegal Town


Changes in Consumer Behaviour

Changes in Consumer Behaviour

Behaviour and Attitudes, Ireland’s largest independent Market Research company, provided key findings to recent research into the unmet opportunities for tourism SME’s. These opportunities were based around three main trends –

  • The Savvy Shopper’ – Consumers looking for value
  • Authenticity’ – Changing consumer tastes and the growing importance of authentic and personal experiences
  • World of Mouth’ (social media) – The growing importance of social media, particularly with regard to how information is sought and accessed and how purchase decisions are made

Amazing Grace Festival 2013

Amazing Grace Festival 2013 – 4th – 8th April

Against the stunning backdrop of Lough Swilly, celebrate the inspirational story of John Newton, his dramatic, life-changing arrival in Ireland and the 240th anniversary of his most famous hymn “Amazing Grace”.

A weekend events for all the family will combine music, history & heritage, arts & crafts and more…

The programme:

Thursday 4 April: The John Newton lecture with historian Marylynn Rouse (hosted by the West Inishowen History and Heritage Group)

NEW Friday 5 April: Night of a Thousand Stars – Songs of Freedom, Hope & Joy. Community concert in aid of The Exchange resource centre. 7.30pm at The Plaza, Buncrana. An evening of music from talented singers of all ages! (Ticket prices tbc)

Saturday 6 April: Family Fun Day in Main Street, Buncrana featuring arts and crafts, 18th century toys, face painting, balloon modelling and live music.

Belfast Community Gospel Choir in concert
Saturday 6 April: 8pm at The Plaza, Buncrana – Tickets priced €10 (€5 concessions and children under 12, under 5s free) available for pre-order from [email protected]

Sunday 7 April: 8pm (venue tbc)
The hour I first believed – stories of faith in the 21st Cenutry plus live music

Monday 8 April: 6pm (final details tbc)
Special event to mark the anniversary itself featuring Buncrana’s own choir – The Gateway Singers.

BONUS Event: Wednesday 10 April at St Columbs Cathedral, Derry. “John Newton in Derry” talk by historian Marylynn Rouse.

The Bluestack Way App

The Bluestack Way App – The Bluestack Way App is now available by clicking here: A big thanks to Mark Flagler of Flagler Films for the use of his images in the video. The Bluestack Way app is a free app with six guides for iPhone or Androids available from the EveryTrail PRO platform. With EveryTrail PRO in place on either device, you can enjoy offline usage without roaming charges with all of the audio and material on your phone.

Every aspect of the area from history to geology, poetry to placenames, anecdotes and memories are on offer in what is the most comprehensive walking app of its kind anywhere in the world. Offered by navigatour™ guided apps from Headland New Media, audio, video, text and pictures showcase the celebrated way-marked way in northwest Ireland. See for more.

Between Donegal Town and Ardara, enjoy the host of stories and history that make this place so special; a region whose people survived on their knowledge of the elements without modern equipment, an area that drew a Harvard Professor-turned sheep farmer into its bosom for 14 years, that was the inspiration for Brian Friel’s ‘Ballybeg’ and a heritage town that has more festivals than just about anywhere else.


Follow in the footsteps of mythological characters Diarmuid and Grainne, of Fionn and the Fianna, hear about ghosts, fairies and pookas, of customs and piseogs, fairdays and feastdays and of the finest view atop on the mountains, looking down as far as Cavan and Mayo and up as far as the Derryveagh mountains.

This is a very special journey and we hope you take a few days out to ensure you get to enjoy its beauty and its people in full for hopefully safe walking, good weather and an abundance of happy memories.

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Inishowen Events for City of Culture

Inishowen Events for City of Culture

Inishowen Events for City of Culture

Inishowen Events for City of Culture – What has been described as the most ambitious and varied programme of arts and culture ever assembled on the island of Ireland was launched in Derry last week as the city prepares to host the UK City of Culture in 2013. Two of Inishowen’s signature festivals, the Charles Macklin Festival and Féile Grianan Áiligh have been listed among the hundreds of events taking place in Derry next year, including the prestigious Turner Prize, a new commission by the London Symphony Orchestra, performances by the Royal Ballet and the All Ireland Fleadh, which will be staged in Northern Ireland for the first time.

The Charles Macklin Festival which will take place in October in Culdaff and Féile Grianan Áiligh which will be hosted at the summer solstice in mid June in Grianan Áiliagh Fort in Burt, were selected by the City of Culture Team as they represent the rich heritage and culture that is synonymous with Inishowen and Derry’s natural hinterland. Both events were also awarded financial support by City of Culture in recognition of their contribution to the overall City of Culture Offering.

Speaking at the Launch of the programme, Jennifer O’Donnell, City of Culture Liaison Officer, Inishowen Tourism, who facilitated the application for both festivals for the programme with the City of Culture Team, said

We are thrilled that the Charles Macklin Festival and Féile Grianan Áiligh have been selected for the City of Culture Programme. It is testament of the high calibre of cultural entertainment each of these events offer and it is a great opportunity for Inishowen to be involved in what promises to be an incredible year for tourism

Representatives from both festivals attended the Programme Launch. Commenting on the inclusion of the Charles Macklin Festival, Committee Member, Anne McGrory said

We are delighted that the Charles Macklin Festival is to be designated as an official partner of the City of Culture celebrations in Derry. This new partnership is recognition of the great social and historical links between the city and the Inishowen peninsula. It is also a great opportunity to celebrate the rich literary traditions which are a further link between the Derry and Donegal