In the northwest of Ireland is Donegal, a county of extreme beauty where large mansions are scattered across endless green fields that stretch between dramatic cliffs. Is one of the hidden gems from a country whose tourism marketing has been focused, for a long time, on Dublin and the south and southwest halves.
To the west of the sleepy town of Donegal we find the imposing cliffs of Slieve League, the highest in Europe and that can be freely traveled along a path that runs through its cornices.
Further north, near the northwestern end of the country, there is a small town called Dunfanaghy. The past century became an important commercial port but a storm moved sand and other sediments from the west and made it not deep enough to house large draft ships. Since then, the place has become a quiet holiday destination for many Irish and some Europeans looking for places outside the more conventional tourist routes.
Lake Veagh in Glenveagh
In its surroundings we have sites as beautiful as Tramore Beach, Dunfanaghy itself, the New Lake and the cliffs of the Horn Head Peninsula, in addition to more than a hundred archaeological samples from the Celtic times. Everything can be visited on foot, although due to the narrowness of the roads and the absence of shoulders, it is better to have a vehicle.
A little further we can find two natural parks You can't miss it if you are in the area.
Ards Forest Park
This forest park of about 480 hectares is considered as one of the most beautiful natural areas in Ireland.
It is located on the N56 road, between the towns of Creeslough and Dunfanaghy. If you leave the car in the park car park you must pay 5 euros but you can also access a small Franciscan monastery where parking is free.
When you enter the park you can choose one of the walking trails marked.