9 undiscovered towns in Donegal for a perfect day trip

Donegal is home to some of Ireland's most beautiful scenery, with much of it tucked away from most tourists.

Tuesday, 16th April 2019, 5:02 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th April 2019, 10:47 am
Slieve League in Donegal (Photo: Shutterstock)

From Malin Head to Killybegs, the list of beautiful places in Donegal is almost endless. But for those looking for a day trip to the county and for a change, it can be difficult to find the gems few others will head to. Here is a list of some of our favourite hidden gems which are perfect for a day trip.

Tucked away in south Donegal sits the village of Rosbeg. Two beaches, one for surfing and another, nicknamed Little Rosbeg, sheltered by a cove making it perfect for families. The Dawros Bay Hotel is the place to go for food.
Referenced in the first series of Derry Girls, Portnoo has one of the most beautiful beaches in Donegal. The tide also allows access to Inishkeel where the remains of a church originally founded by St Conal lies in ruins.
Less well known than its bigger brother Malin Head, Malin Beg is home to the gorgeous Silver Strand. Perfect for a sunny day at the beach.
Glencolmcille is another hidden gem in the south of the county, with a folk village museum described as one of the finest living history museums in the country.
The town itself is well known, but on the outskirts sits the Donegal Craft Village. Home to a handful of talented artists and Aroma cafe, it's a lovely day trip for a rainy or gloomy day.
Bunbeg is situated west of Gweedore and offers a multitude of day trip options. You can visit Gola Island on the ferry during the summer or head to the beach to see Big Eddie's boat, a much-loved shipwreck.
Between Ardara and Glenties sits Kilclooney. The dolmen, a neolithic monument, is walkable, and ten minutes down the road is Sandfield pitch and putt which offers a stiff challenge for even the best of golfers.
In the north of the county, the tiny village is home to the Doagh Famine Village, which takes visitors through what it was like for those who suffered through the famine in Donegal.
The newly renamed R2D2 road (formerly R242) takes drivers through the scenery used as the backdrop for the new Star Wars trilogy to Malin Head.