THE NORTH WEST HOTELS
DONEGAL AND NORTH WEST IRELAND – WHY GO?
County Donegal’s rugged beauty gives it a wild and untamed feel. You can gallop for hours along a dozen often deserted Blue Flag beaches or hike through deep glens and breezy Highlands evoking shades of Scotland. Come here to see Europe’s highest cliffs (at Slieve League) and 650 miles of frayed coastline.
Explore the sea caves of Arranmore Island or take in the grandeur of the Glenveagh National Park – miles of wood, glens, and lakes with herds of red deer – before letting off steam in the lively pubs of Letterkenny. One of the town’s more exotic touches is the eclectic art collection – everything from Irish to Islamic – in the gallery at Glebe House.
Unspoilt County Monaghan, with its softly rounded hills (a legacy of melting glaciers in the Ice Age), has its own charms. Lavishly furnished Castle Leslie ranks as one of the finest Italianate houses in Ireland, sitting resplendent in a fabulous 1,000 acre estate here. The surrounding rivers and loughs make Monaghan big fishing county, and there are plenty of village hostelries to repair to later.