Donegal's greatest 'shrines'
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Location County Donegal, Ireland # Locations 24
Media Pictures & Text Descriptions Tour Type Driving Category Historical Places
Description Two of the great sacred cows of 20th century Ireland seem to be inextricably linked to Donegal, the Irish language via Gaeltacht schools and penitence via Lough Derg. They may well have cast a cloud over the appeal of the county and God knows we have enough clouds up here already. There are other places in Donegal that could rightly be called 'sacred' where the mind, body and heart are devoted to and where people faithfully return to as sites to encourage and inspire. We could have mentioned atmospheric places like the Maghera caves or Lough Altan, scenic splendour like Creevy pier or Glenveagh, but the places we have chosen stand out for being just that little bit special for some and have entered a pantheon that others should seek and enjoy. Each has an aura stretching from the sacred to the salutary. Anticipation and belief occur in some, for others pure enjoyment and spontaneity and the rest are iconic sites of what we are and where we came from. 'To each their own' we say. We bring you a handful of exceptional places where man has been edified, enlightened, enthroned and enraptured. These are places that have made innumerable lives that little bit richer and will perhaps be just the sort of places you need to find and savour, if only for a short while. For completely different reasons, each of these places has been singled out as somewhere that has at some stage in history made a difference - all aspects of culture are covered, from the historic to the celebrity age. From the very southern tip of the county to its pinnacle, the top 'shrines' of sorts are here, some secret, some known the length and breadth of the county and the country. As for your recollection of Donegal, consider this an overdue 21st century reboot for there is nowhere in Ireland quite like it. If you can appreciate the fact that its remoteness serves as its strength, then you too will be rewarded for travelling the extra road time to get here with this guide; regard it as a pilgrimage, a chance to remove any lingering prejudice and to rejuvenate the spirit. Tips: Unless it is used on a proper dedicated sat nav device, do not use this App while driving, which is subject to your acceptance of the navigatour™ Licence Agreement, the link of which is also on the right hand column. Ensure you familiarize yourself with the route beforehand. There are some breathtaking scenes along the way with plenty of stops required. As you are covering the full county, it would be best to do this drive over a few days, with plenty of sightseeing along the way. Come back revitalised. NOTE: Please note that the tour is subject to acceptance of our Licence
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Ancient monument
4. St. Asicus's Grave
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16. Grianan of Aileach
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21. Beltony Stone Circle
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Angling
1. Drowes River
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Birdwatching
5. Na Cruacha Gorma
Shrine Five: all things bright and beautiful. One of the great ambassadors of the co...(more)

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Festival
2. Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival
Shrine Two: Hometown boy. It's hard to believe, but Rory died in 1995 aged 47 from c...(more)

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Historical
17. Lough Swilly from Dunree
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19. Malin Head
Shrine Nineteen: a parent's farewell. Ireland's most northerly point overlooks the c...(more)

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20. Amelia Earhart's Landing Spot
Shrine Twenty: when Inishowen became Paris. Pedants out there may note we're into an...(more)

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23. Famine Pot
Shrine Twenty three: the great hunger. From this pot were the impoverished locals fe...(more)

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Holy well
18. St. Eigne's Holy Well
Shrine Eighteen: All's well that ends well. At the top of Mamore, you should stop of...(more)

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Hotel
10. Viking House Hotel
Shrine Ten: the first son of Donegal. This is Donegal's version of Graceland with ma...(more)

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Island
13. Tory Island
Shrine Thirteen: sacred clay in the real kingdom. From the moment you see it for the...(more)

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24. Lough Derg
Shrine Twenty four: time out with a difference. Located on Station Island in the mid...(more)

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Literature
7. The Laurels
Shrine Seven: dance to the music of time. This is the actual house where Brian Friel...(more)

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Mountain
14. Mount Errigal
Shrine Forteen: I can see for miles and miles. In a land famed for its hills, there'...(more)

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Pilgrimage
6. St. Colmcille Annual Pilgrimage
Shrine Six: Tough station. St Colmcille brought Christianity to the north-west corne...(more)

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8. Inniskeel Island
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9. Kerrytown
Kerrytown Shrine Nine: a blessed encounter. For a considerable time in 1938, numerou...(more)

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15. Doon Rock
Shrine Fifteen: O'Donnell Abú. The O'Donnell clan ruled over most of Donegal, known ...(more)

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Sports
22. McCumhaill Park
Shrine Twenty two: the pride of all. There is nothing that unites the people of Done...(more)

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Surfing
3. Donegal Bay
Shrine Three: surf's up. Donegal Bay made the headlines recently for having a 20 met...(more)

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Trad music
11. Leo's Tavern
Shrine Eleven: it's a family affair. One of the most famous pubs in Donegal by virtu...(more)

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12. Teach Hudi Beag
Shrine Twelve: the genesis of 'ceol agus ol'. No visit to Ireland is complete withou...(more)

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