Picture: © Mark Wickham
On our app we make no secret of the fact that Donegal Town is a must see location when coming to the county and while we’re at it, a must stay location too. Are we biased? Well, we come from the town and know first-hand what a remarkable number of great features it has. Everything from hill-walking to heritage, golf courses to Blue Flag beaches, surfing to fishing, good food to entertainment are all within easy reach. And what it doesn’t have, it has good roads to from Yeats Country to Slieve League, both of which are 45 minutes each way from the town.
Handy for making the trip complete is i on Donegal which is a free publication available in most bars and restaurants around the town – it’s a what’s on guide to entertainment, food and drink in the town. The Tourist Information Office down by the pier is open six days a week and can help you in all practical areas of your break with handy hard copy material for you to browse through. And yes, in 2014, we added the Best of Donegal Bay tour on our free Donegal App with a stay in Donegal Town in mind – it has 91 points of interest in the locality to visit on with a number of specialised tours, namely: -
Donegal Bay South Guide
Donegal Town Heritage Guide
Hidden Gems of the area
Slieve League hidden gems Guide
Yeats Country Guide (with full audio)
Yeats Sligo Town sites
The big event for August in the town is A Taste of Donegal Food Festival from the 22nd to the 24th. Now in its sixth year, the whole of the pier area comes to life with a host of tastings, cookery demonstrations and master classes and of course plenty of entertainment. Find out more information by going to the Donegal Town website’s homepage. You’ll also notice at the top of it an icon to the Donegal Town App – our sister series of free travel guides giving you even more specialized information about the locality. Of particular interest might be our Donegal Town Food Guide showing where all of the top food heroes both in the town and surrounding areas are. We don’t just tell you where the top restaurants are, we show you the best craft butchers, farmers’ markets and even a boulangerie! Download the guide onto your iPhone or Android and away you go!
Another must see treat in store for you in August in the town is Keith Corcoran’s free one hour storytelling evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9.30pm in the Olde Castle Bar. Afterwards, the legendary Reel Inn is where to hear some traditional Irish music. There are numerous other must do’s when in the town – from going to Magee of Donegal, the Donegal Craft Village or Forget-Me-Not to dancing in the Abbey Hotel, cruising on the Waterbus or getting a taxi out to the award-winning Village Tavern in nearby picturesque Mountcharles. There is too much to mention here in fact – so make yourself comfortable with a glass of vino, download our best of Donegal Bay tour complete with YouTube videos galore to showcase some of the wonders on offer. Alternatively, download our sixteen other travel guides on the Donegal Town App to get even more information on the town and area – hill-walkers and heritage lovers will enjoy the audio tour of the 51km Bluestack Way app.
We’ll diplomatically let Trip Advisor tell you where to stay in the area – and yes, the town has won its coveted 2014 Traveller’s Choice award as one of the top ten towns in Ireland to stay, so we’re not completely biased. Feel free to pass this Blog on to any of your friends with time to savour in August. If the Donegal Minor and Senior Gaelic footballers can keep up their winning form, expect this homecoming town to be festooned with the Donegal colours and a buzz that is infectious. All things considered, on the Wild Atlantic Way, all roads lead to Donegal Town this August.
Picture below: © Emmet McCauley