Why Choose Donegal?
Incredible landscapes, towering peaks, rugged coastlines and a host of golden shores.
Donegal’s list of accolades includes Coolest Place on the Planet and Most Scenic Airport in the world. We’ve hosted Star Wars and the Irish Open. We have 13 stunning blue-flag beaches, a vibrant cultural tradition & thriving business opportunities.
Add in our rich heritage, Gaeltacht communities, outdoor activities and fine Guinness in traditional bars…and you’ve got County Donegal – a recipe for magic.
Visiting & Tourism
Plan a visit to wild, wonderful County Donegal, the most northerly part of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
Walk the Slieve League cliffs – amongst the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Feel the wind at Malin Head, a breathtaking Star Wars film location and Ireland’s most northerly point. Play a round at Ballyliffin Golf Club, host of the 2018 Irish Open.
Enjoy the special Donegal welcome at our hotels, bars and restaurants, and the taste of Donegal’s food and seafood. Take to the seas and hills for adventure and sport. Soak up the traditional music, arts, culture and the beauty of the Irish language in our Gaeltacht communities.
For investors, Donegal is a great place to do business. Letterkenny is a Development Gateway in the Government’s National Spatial Strategy, and we have an expanding tech, FinTech and start-up culture. Add in our connectivity and innovation and you have a winning mix.
Business Setup & Growth
Innovation & Creativity
CoLab, Letterkenny is the Innovation Centre of the NW. Innovative Donegal businesses include CloudRanger & AccountantOnline. Places like Arranmore Island use tech to innovative in connectivity, education & training for their community. And creative industries are supported and expanding.
Employment & Family
Donegal is a great place to work and relocate to with your family. Explore employment opportunities in growth sectors like tech, FinTech, finance, hospitality, and social care…And there’s a superb quality of life e.g. access to schools, lower house prices, and a great community spirit.
Heritage & Diaspora
Through waves of emigration across the centuries, Donegal’s Diaspora has spread far and wide across the globe, to North America, the UK, and far beyond. Donegal Connect offers our Diaspora a chance to return and explore their roots, their heritage and their genealogy.
Gaeilge - Our Native Tongue
Is áit iontach é Dún na nGall chun Gaeilge a fhoghlaim. Donegal is a great place to learn Irish for beginners and improvers alike. Immerse yourself in the language in our Irish-speaking Gaeltacht communities. Attend one of the many Irish language colleges or choose special centres like Oideas Gael in Glencolmcille.
Arts and Culture
Donegal has a thriving arts and culture scene, and fosters musical, artistic & sporting talent. We’re home to traditional musicians and groups such as Altan, and we’re seeing a resurgence of the harp. Sport and outdoor activities range from GAA to sea and hill adventures, and sporting heroes include soccer’s Packie Bonner and rugby’s Nora Stapleton.
Food and Seafood
Get a true taste of Donegal in our fabulous range of restaurants, bars and hotels. We’ve got a growing food and seafood culture and our county is strongly supporting its development: Donegal’s Food Coast Experiences is an exciting range of food-related events. It combines celestial cuisine using our county’s rich parlour of ingredients, with memorable moments that visitors will cherish.
Donegal Connect has launched a Vouchers book of special offers for Donegal Connect, which cover discounts on flights from US, as well as discounts on accommodation, attractions and activities.