Donegal gave its name to the county but strangely it is not the county town. The county town is Lifford as it is the location of the County Council headquarters.
The town was the home of the O’Donnell clan who were leaders of the opposition to the English colonisationfrom the 15th to the 17th century.
Donegal Castle was their home and it is now one of thwe main historical sites of the town. Other interesting buildings include St. Patrick’s Church of the Four Masters and Donegal Abbey.
Places to visit: Donegal Town Railway Heritage Centre, Donegal Bay Waterbus, Donegal Golf Club
Festivals: Donegal Food Festival in late August.
Donegal town is in the south of the county at the mouth of the River Eske where it flows into Donegal Bay, nestled in the shadows of Blue Stack Mountains.
Not far from the town there are some sandy beaches including Murvagh beach and Rossnowlagh beach which is good for swimming, sunbathing and surfing. Swimming, fishing, boating, golf, horseback riding and ill walking are popular outdoor pursuits in the area.
Donegal town has a wide variety of retail shops and stores as well as some very good restaurants and cafes.