Things to do in Donegal close to Dunmore Gardens
Dunmore Gardens is right at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way. The Atlantic Way stretches from the Inishowen peninsula in Donegal all the way to Cork, a trail along the length of the West of Ireland. But it was Donegal that National Geographic Traveller named as the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet for 2017’. The Northern Headlands section of the Wild Atlantic Way is wild and spectacular and if you are lucky you will see the Northern Lights off Malin Head.
Settlers from Scotland and England built theWalls of Derry at the start of the 17th century. The walled city survived the Siege of Derry in 1688-89. Derry is one of the best examples of a walled city in Europe. It contains a large selection of cannons. The largest and most famous canon is Roaring Meg, so called for the terrifying sound it made when it fired. From the walls you get a unique view of the city and its Renaissance Style street plan. You can walk along the walls for free or if you would like a tour go to the Visit Derry website
My favourite place in Donegal is set high on the hill top of Greenan. Greenan is a stone ringfort, which the O’Neills built in the sixth century. The walls are truly impressive and are 5m high and almost 5m wide. Grianan means a sunny place but the word can also mean a place with a view. And from the fort you get a fantastic view of Donegal and the surrounding counties.
There is no entry fee. Just park the car and walk up the track.