The second-largest county in Ireland, County Donegal has enough natural attractions and historic cities to stand on its own. It's also the northernmost county in the Republic of Ireland, with a remote north-west coastline. In these farthest reaches, the baseline primordial beauty of County Donegal makes drivers feel like they've been stolen away to another world.
Donegal Town is the county's cultural epicentre. It huddles in the shadow of the Bluestack Mountains within easy driving distance of Lough Eske, where the walking, cycling and angling are without peer. The town itself has a few sites of historic interest - namely the 15th-century Diamond Obelisk and Donegal Castle.
But the real pleasure for visitors is the chance to get out and explore with car hire in County Donegal. Everything about the countryside is rough and rugged, from the ragged coastline to the unexpected bouts of extreme weather. The Atlantic delivers brief but powerful storms that reinforce the otherworldly atmosphere. You probably won't be able to resist the impulse to explore tracts of the coast and mountains on foot, but don't leave the car without your rain gear.
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Ballyliffin isn't nearly the biggest city in County Donegal, but it has mastered the summer trade. It's a quaint coastal resort oozing with charm and old-world character. One of the best hotels in the area is the Ballyliffin Lodge, joined by Solis Lough Eske Castle and Drumholm House bed and breakfast.
In recent years the roads to Donegal have been vastly improved meaning drive times have been reduced. Most tourists arrive in the county with a hire car that they've picked up along the way. After all, part of what makes this county so memorable is its drive-able countryside. Otherwise, Bus Éireann arrives from Sligo (1 hour, 15 minutes), Galway (3 hours, 30 minutes) and Belfast (3 hours, 30 minutes).