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Donegal has unquestionably the richest scenery in the whole of Ireland – Rough Guide

RG Ireland

By Cronan Scanlon

DONEGAL should see a sharp increase in visitors soon, thanks to last weeks publication of one of the biggest selling travel guide-books in the world – The Rough Guide to Ireland.

The first line of its lengthy 37-page Donegal chapter reads: “County Donegal has unquestionably the richest scenery in the whole of Ireland, featuring a spectacular 300 Km coastline, an intoxicating run of headlands, promontories and peninsulas rising to the highest sea-cliffs in Europe at Slieve League.”

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The author continues: “Inland is a terrain of glens, rivers and bogland hills, of which the best-known destinations are the Glencolmcille peninsula and around Ardara and Glenties.

“The Glencolmcille area attracts more visitors than any other, yet the landscape of north Donegal is, if anything, even more satisfying, especially the Rossguill and Inishowen peninsulas and the interior region around Errigal, Lough Beagh and Lough Gartan.”

Other noted areas are the Rosses and Gweedore.

However, the excesses of the Celtic Tiger era do not go unnoticed as the author notes that parts of  Rossguill and Inishowen have been “blighted by modern, ugly housing developments.”

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