Encounter Ireland’s wild side in the legendary North West, the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way and the Causeway Coastal Route. Combine Donegal’s breathtaking scenery with Derry’s vibrant and historic charm. Come for rugged coastlines, a bustling centre and adventurous pursuits, including hiking and tree trekking, cycling and paddleboarding, fishing and boat charters. Immerse yourself in the spirit of the North West. Get ready for an adventure like no other!
WELCOME TO THE NORTH WEST
THE NORTH WEST
Donegal has so much to offer any visitor. One of Ireland’s largest counties, it also boasts many offshore inhabited islands that are well worth a visit. It has the longest coastline of any county; the perfect starting point for the stunning Wild Atlantic Way coastal route; Europe’s highest sea cliffs at Slieve League, towering over 600 metres above sea level; the highest number of award-winning Blue Flag beaches in Ireland; the largest geographical native Irish speaking ‘Gaeltacht’ area; many superb links golf courses; an outdoor adventurer’s paradise; mountains; lakes; glens; sumptuous dining; top class accommodation to suit all pockets; friendly nightlife; heritage; culture; tradition; and ‘mighty craic’! As they say in the North West: Donegal has it all! But why not come and see for yourself?
Home to Ireland’s only completely Walled City, the hit comedy Derry Girls, award-winning museums, and some of the greatest outdoor festivals in the world; visit the ‘Legenderry’ city and you’ll find a vibrant city waiting to be explored. Geographically idyllic, set against the backdrop of the hills of Donegal and at the foot of the Sperrin Mountains, coastlines, countryside and green spaces are within easy reach of the city. Lively bars and cool restaurants share cobbled streets with iconic landmarks, ensuring this friendly city offers a unique combination of rich culture and a vibrant social scene, with the warmest of welcomes guaranteed.
Let’s take the guesswork out of your trip to the Northwest with these sample itineraries designed by us!
NATURE & ADVENTURE
Combine Donegal’s breath-taking scenery with Derry’s natural scenic hinterland. With rugged coastlines, a bustling city centre, and adventurous pursuits from paddleboarding to hiking, immerse yourself in the spirit of the North West.
CULTURE & RELAXATION
The North West has an undeniable cultural vibe. As one of the most historic cities in Europe, discover Derry’s 400-year-old City Walls, award-winning museums, and theatres or for a totally unique Irish experience, immerse yourself in the local arts and culture of Donegal.
Let little ones run wild in North West Ireland’s natural playgrounds, sure to thrill explorers of all ages. Step back in time together in historic Derry, the Walled City; watch their eyes light up as Derry’s stories unfold. Be delighted by Donegal, whose emerald parks, open-top farms, cinemas and adventure playgrounds make cries of ‘I’m bored’ unheard of.
WIN A TWO-NIGHT FAMILY BREAK
Old and young alike will love exploring the North West; it’s a great destination for a family break, with city-centre attractions in Derry plus fresh air and open spaces to explore in nearby Donegal. Win a two-night family break with accommodation in the 4* Redcastle Oceanfront Golf and Spa Hotel in Donegal and the 4* Best Western White Horse Hotel in Derry. Prize includes evening meals and a range of activities including spa treatments, tickets to Wild Ireland, water activities at Inish Adventures, a private walking tour, sunset kayaking tour and a choice between a zip-wire or tree-trek experience.
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