The rugged coastline around Donegal Bay is wild and beautiful. The rocky land careens toward the dark blue Atlantic, where the roads end just short of the icy water. Roads corkscrew so tightly that it will almost make you dizzy, and the main speed limit is the one you impose on yourself, as speeds much above 55kmph (35 mph) are dangerous. That’s just as well, since the spectacular views will cause you to stop again and again to take in the rolling hills, jagged mountains, bright green fields, and crashing seas.

The richest pickings on Donegal Bay are all to be found to the north of Donegal Town; to the south, the attractions are certainly fewer. However, a couple of villages are worth stopping by, plus a sandy beach or two. Sporty types, however, are much better served—some of the best surfing in Ireland can be found in the southern part of the bay, as can some of the best golf courses in Ireland. 

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