explorenorth DAY TOURS
WHERE DONEGAL'S WILD ATLANTIC WAY MEETS THE CAUSEWAY COAST
Leaving Inishowen via the Lough Swilly Ferry, we arrive in Rathmullan where the famous Flight of the Earls took place from in 1607. Hugging the coastline along the western shore of Lough Swilly with it's huge maritime history, we take the scenic drive towards Knockalla, Ballymastocker Bay and Portsalon, with views of the Inishowen hills as our backdrop. The tour will feature visits to:
Fanad Lighthouse - Fanad Lighthouse was built in 1817 and guards the entrance to Lough Swilly. It is a signature point on the Wild Atlantic Way. The tower is 22 metres high with 79 steps. The tour of the Lighthouse provides a fascinating insight into its importance during wartime and the life and stories of the Lighthouse keepers in days gone by.
Glenveagh Castle & Gardens sits on the bank of Lough Beagh within the majestic Derryveagh mountain range. It is now part of the 16,000 hectare National Park, home to a herd of Red Deer and the Golden Eagle. The Castle was built between 1867 - 1873 by John George Adair who later incurred infamy by ruthlessly evicting 244 tenants from his land.
The last private owner of Glenveagh was an Irish-American by the name of Henry McIlhenny from Philadelphia who purchased the Castle and the Estate in 1937. He subsequently restored the Castle and developed the gardens over his tenure, finally selling the Estate to the Office of Public Works in 1975, and in 1983 bestowed the Castle and Gardens to the Irish nation.
Enjoy a guided tour of the Castle from one of the expert guides but leave some time for a walk around the Walled Garden and maybe a visit to the Castle Tea Rooms. Very easy to spend the whole day here and hopefully you will leave here planning a return visit!
Other tour highlights include:
- Scenic Drive from Fanad to the Rosguill Peninsula via the Harry Blaney Bridge
- Lunch Stop at the Olde Glen Bar, Carrigart
- Lough Salt
- Dunlewey and the Poisoned Glen (time permitting) - Originally called the Heavenly Glen by locals, it was mistranslated from its gaelic origin to the name we know today. Situated at the foot of Errigal, Donegal's highest mountain at 2464 ft, the views looking down the Glen to Dunlewey Lough with the backdrop of the Derryveagh Mountains are spectacular.