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Why I Love Donegal In The Winter

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The Silver Strand – Donegal

I love Donegal all year round but there is really something special about Donegal in the winter. The gold and red colours of autumn give way to frost-covered hills and snow-capped peaks. The air is crisp and fresh and the light dances on the majestic beauty of the Donegal countryside. Chilly days lead into long evenings with curtains drawn, glowing firesides and wholesome comfort food.

For locals and visitors to Donegal, there is lots to do during winter. It’s great to note that most accommodation providers, visitor attractions, bars and restaurants are now open during this season, thus giving more compelling reasons to come to our region.

My Top 5 Things To Do In Donegal During Winter

1. Walk along Rossnowlagh beach

I was lucky to have this beach as my playground when growing up. It’s only twenty minutes from Harvey’s Point and often in winter, you can have the beach to yourself and enjoy a private viewing of the most dramatic sunrises or sunsets.

Rossnowlagh beach – Donegal in the Winter

2. Climb Slieve League.

No visit to Donegal is complete without experiencing what I think is the wildest part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Towering over six hundred metres above the roaring green and blue ocean below, the views if not the wind will take your breath away! Nice idea to stop off in Killybegs on the way and have a wee bowl of Mairead’s creamy chowder at the Seafood Shack. Or perhaps drive back by Ardara and visit the famous Nancy’s pub or the Nesbit Arms for a hot toddy or a pint of Guinness.

3. Visit Glenveagh National Park

Winter walking at its best! Stroll by the dark waters of Lough Veagh in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Follow the path through sunken, exotic gardens towards the castle and enter the great hallway to a history that will enthral you. There is something surreal about Glenveagh in winter as though it retains an atmosphere of existing in some delightful timewarp outside the modern world.

Ardnamona Loop Walk – Donegal in the Winter

4. Pop into Donegal Town

Just ten minutes drive from Harvey’s Point, Donegal Town has a lovely buzz all year round. There are lots of colourful shops, great bars and restaurants. Enjoy watching the world go by from a bench in the Diamond. A visit to Magee of Donegal is well worthwhile with special discount extended for guests of Harvey’s Point. Donegal Bay Waterbus has a daily sailing and is the perfect way to spend a leisurely hour. Donegal Castle is a haven of history and the nearby Bank Walk is a lovely experience.

5. Relax & Enjoy

Sometimes one needs ‘me time’. Winter in Donegal is the perfect excuse to switch off, relax and reconnect with yourself and or a loved one. Maybe just book a short break at Harvey’s Point and take a few days to do nothing at all, or at least as little as possible. Sleep in, curl up with a book by the fireplace, book a hot stone massage or treatment, graze or gorge from the many dining options available in our hotel. Or if you want to stretch your legs, the Ardnamona Loop Walk is a most amazing trail nearby. The main thing is to just chill out in your cosy and welcoming ‘home from home’ @ Harvey’s Point.

Home-Made Holidays @ Harvey’s Point – We have created a lovely programme, showcasing the rugged beauty and iconic attractions of county Donegal. Using Harvey’s Point as your base, explore this wonderful part of the Wild Atlantic Way with our tailor-made day trips. You can mix and match the activities, do it all in a day or two or go at your own pace. The warmest of welcomes awaits.
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Deirdre McGlone

December 2017

Deirdre McGlone

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