Follow the A46 to Belleek and at Ballyshannon continue towards Donegal town on the N15 or make for the seaside resort of Rossnowlagh on the R231. Here a spectacular beach awaits, perfect for swimming, surfing or just strolling, with the hills of Donegal as a heavenly backdrop.
Relax over lunch in the congenial atmosphere of the cliff top Smuggler’s Creek Inn. www.smugglerscreekinn.com
Just a mile before you reach Donegal town is the Donegal Craft village which showcases contemporary arts and crafts. The complex includes the Aroma Coffee shop, a play area for children and ample parking.
Sample Donegal’s unique café culture by taking afternoon tea at the Blueberry Tea Rooms in Castle Street near the Diamond or dine next door at the Olde Castle Bar and Red Hugh restaurant where seafood is served. The landmark building stands proudly beside the 19th century Church of Ireland and in the shadow of Donegal’s most famous historical monument, Red Hugh O’Donnell.
A visit to Magee’s shop the outlet for their famous Donegal tweeds and blankets is a must. Since 1866 the company has been manufacturing and marketing cloth inspired by the natural flora, the gorses and heathers of the Donegal hills. Magee’s world famous designer coats, jackets and suits for both men and women are available in store and online: garments renowned for their beautiful quality, luxurious fabrics and timeless contemporary design.
Nestling beneath the Bluestack Mou