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.

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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 Bundoran Bundoran
April4th-8th Amazing Grace Festival 2013Buncrana
April5th-7th Boyce O’Boyce FanadPortsalon
April12th-13th AprThe BlessingBallyliffin
April16th Smith Wuertz GatheringMilford
May1st-31st MayBealtaine FestivalDonegal
May1st May-22nd SeptThe International Golf GatheringBallyliffin
May3rd-6th Dungloe Walking Weekend The RossesDungloe
May3rd-5th Siúlóid Thulach BeaglaighFalcarragh
May4th-5th Laghey Blast FestivalLaghey
May4th-5th Legan Road Reunion 2013Inver
May4th The Coyle Family GatheringBallyliffin
May5th North West Charity 10K Road Race & WalkLetterkenny
May8th-10th Laurentic Conference in BuncranaBuncrana
May10th-12th Reunion of Campsite & Caravan Visitors to Lakeside CentreBallyshannon
May16th-19th Guth Gafa Film Festival(Inishowen) & Derry
May18th Danny Mc Daid Athletics Track Opening Aura Leisure CentreLetterkenny
May25th-26th Annual Northwest Garden ShowCastlefinn
May25th-26th Relay 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-3rd Mevagh Ramblers Walking FestivalCarrigart / Downings
June3rd-15th Irish Aerial Dance FestLetterkenny
June7th-9th Glebe School ReunionDonegal Town
June7th-9th Welcome Home To MissionariesMuff (Inishowen)
June7th-8th Farren Family Gathering 2013Carndonagh
June8th-9th Kelly Family ReunionBallybofey
June21st -21st JulEaragail Arts FestivalCountywide
June21st Raking the AshesDonegal Town
June21st-23rd Sea SessionsBundoran
June21st McMenamin Clann GatheringRaphoe
June21st-22nd Féile Grianan AilighBurt
June27th-30th Colgan Heritage WeekCarndonagh
June28th-30th Féile Na Sean BheairiceFalcarragh
June28th The Whitehouse Garden OpeningCastlefinn
June29th Finding your Roots in DonegalCarrigans
June29th Gaelforce North Glenveagh NPGweedore
June29th -6th JulEnvironment and Culture SchoolGlencolmcille
June29th Annual Finn Valley Agricultural ShowKillygordon
June30th Fort Dunree CommemorationBuncrana
July1st-21st Earagail Arts FestivalCountywide
July1st Adventure IrelandBundoran
July5th-7th 4th McMenamin Family Reunion CloghanLetterkenny
July6th JuRamelton Pantomine 50th Production ReunionRamelton
July6th Owens Cavanagh Clan ReunionDownings
July6th 13th Hillwalking in the Donegal HighlandsGlencolmcille
July6th -24th AugMarine Painting SchoolGlencolmcille
July6th Rossnowlagh 12th ParadeRossnowlagh
July6th SHS ReunionBallyshannon
July7th-12th Ramelton’s 44th Annual Lennon FestivalRamelton
July8th Arthur Kingsley Porter Mystery TourGortahork
July8th-15th In Through GatheringGlencolumcille
July11th-14th Buncrana Music FestivalBuncrana
July13th Clannad & Altan plus special guests Festival MarqueeCarrickfinn
July12th-14th The HomecomingNewtowncunningham
July12th-14th Carrick Tech 60 Year ReunionCarrick
July12th-14th 225 Years Church CelebrationLettermacaward
July15th-19th Ceol na Coille Irish Music Summer School GlenswillyLetterkenny
July17th 31st Inishowen Culture NightsCuldaff
July18th-21st FestiFál 2013Falcarragh
July20th Coastal Cancer ChallengeDunfanaghy
July20th-21st Rosses Snorklefest 2013Burtonport
July20th-27th Burtonport Summer FestivalBurtonport
July20th-27th Summer School in Ireland’s Language and CultureGlencolmcille
July22nd-26th Bundoran Gathering Golf OpenBundoran
July23rd-27th Dave Gallaher International Summer SchoolRamelton
July26th-28th Féile Chnoc Fola Gaoth DobhairBunaLeaca
July26th Nurses Reunion CorryPortsalon
July26th-29th Gillen Clan GatheringDonegal Town
July26th Doherty Hutton Family Gathering 2013Buncrana
July27th -5th AugMary from DungloeDungloe
July27th -3rd AugArchaeology Summer School-5000 years in StoneGlencolmcille
July27th The Twelve Townlands of Townawilly ReunionDonegal Town
July27th-28th Barrett Clan Gathering KilclooneyPortnoo
July27th-28th Gola Island FestivalGola Island
July28th Donegal’s Leghowney Gathering LeghowneyDonegal Town
July29th -2nd AugThe 28th Annual Donegal Fiddle Summer SchoolGlencolmcille
August1st-3rd Glassan National School ReunionCreeslough
August2nd Mass at the Mass Rock Rodgers BurnLetterkenny
August1st-5th Carndonagh Community School 40 Year ReunionCarndonagh
August2nd-5th Muff Festival 2013 The HomecomingMuff Village
August2nd-6th Desertegney Community GatheringBuncrana
August2nd-5th The Drimarone Schools Gathering DrimaroneDonegal Town
August3rd Mulroy Bay SwimLetterkenny
August3rd-5th Errigal International Youth TourChurchill & Letterkenny
August3rd-4th Dedication Ceremony ‘The Erne Estuary FishermenBallyshannon
August3rd-4th Letterkenny LiveLetterkenny
August3rd-10th Ardara GatheringArdara
August3rd-4th Drumkeen Old School Reunion DrumkeenBallybofey
August4th-5th Relive Ireland of 1750’s 1850’s and 1950’sGlencolmcille Folk Village
August4th-11th Clonmany Festival 2013Clonmany
August5th Munich to MagherarabhartaighGortahork
August5th-9th O’Donnell Clan Gathering 2013Donegal Town
August5th Moville Celtic Sport DayMoville
August5th-11th Ballyshannon 400Ballyshannon
August5th-11th The Kilcar Gathering Feile Ceoil ChillChartha Kilcar
August5th Rathmullan RegattaRathmullan
August7,14, 21,28Inishowen Culture NightCuldaff
August7th-10th McGowan/McHugh Family GatheringMoville
August7th-11th The Kildarragh FairDungfanaghy
August9th-11th Loinneog Lunasa Gaoth DobhairDerrybeg
August9th-18th Cavanaghs of Carrowhugh ReunionGreencastle
August9th-16th The Glen of Glenties GatheringGlenties
August10th-17th Meenan and Mimnagh Clan GatheringRathmullan
August11th-18th Window To The Past The Gallowglass PeriodMilford
August17th Phil and Grace Family ReunionArranmore Island
August17th The Gathering Concert BuncranaBuncrana
August17th The Gathering of the Clans Monreagh Heritage CentreCarrigans
August17th-25th Heritage Week in County DonegalDonegal
August20th Coleen Lloy in ConcertLetterkenny
August22nd -2nd SeptCome Gather Round People Sixties FestivalMoville & Greencastle
August22nd-25th DylanFest on the LoughMoville & Greencastle
August23rd-25th A Taste Of Donegal Food FestivalDonegal Town
August23rd-25th Feile Carraig Arts & Culture 2013Carrigart
August23rd-25th The Evil Eye FestivalFalcarragh
August24th-25th Floods of Tievemore Pettigo Donegal ReunionPettigo
August26th -1st SeptNational Songwriters FestivalMoville & Greencastle
August30th -1st SeptBeatlesFest on the LoughMoville & Greencastle
Sept2nd-5th West Coast Challenge 2013Bundoran
Sept6th-14th The Gallagher Clan Gathering 2013Gortahork
Sept7th Arthur Kingsley Porter Mystery TourGortahork
Sept12th-22nd Sew NorthBuncrana
Sept13th-15th Miles of MemoriesInver
Sept15th The Bryson Family Gathering CarriganLifford
Sept20th Culture NightLetterkenny
Sept23rd-27th Donegal To Antrim Appalachian Trail Walking Festival 2013Harvey’s Point Donegal
Sept27th-29th Tip O’Neill Donegal Diaspora AwardBuncrana
Sept27th The Scotch WeekendDungloe
Sept27th-29th Johnny Doherty Festival Ardara 2013,/b>Ardara
Sept27th -6th OctDonegal Bay and Bluestacks FestivalDonegal Town and Ballyshannon
October4th-6th Morrisons of Straid ClonmanyClonmany
October10th-14th Charles Macklin Autumn SchoolCuldaff
October19th-20th Crana Canoe Weekend BuncranaBuncrana
October25th-27th DracufestBallyshannon
October25th-27th Seamus McManus and Ethna Carberry weekend of storytellingMountcharles
OctoberOct-NovCross Border Orchestra of IrelandUlster Scots Night
Nov7th-10th Allingham Arts FestivalBallyshannon
Nov11th-19th Ulster Dancing ChampionshipsBuncrana
Nov22nd Donegal 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