Donegal & Northern Ireland

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I’ve been thinking about writing these posts for about two months now. I can’t even remember what I was going to write. Only that we had a breathtaking trip in Donegal (Ireland) and Northern Ireland. I could return there a million times and still feel like we are discovering new beauties. To quote a good Irish friend, “It’s God’s country.” Truly an amazing place. Here are my favorite parts of our Donegal leg of the trip.

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Hiking Glenveagh National Park My parents are nature lovers and it’s probably the greatest love they instilled in us as children. They were so happy here exploring this park. Flora was wandering why we hiked 4 kilometers when we could have taken the bus. Smart girl. 🙂

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Dunfanaghy & Horn Head More breathtaking views driving the coast and some scary narrow roads up at Horn Head right outside Dunfanaghy. We walked the beach, had a delicious lunch, and finally a Guinness on day 2.

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A live session at Patsy Dan’s

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Rick Steves does it again! My father can make fun of me all he wants, but thanks to Rick Steves and his travel books we have had some memorable moments all over Europe. The live Monday night session in Dunfanaghy at Patsy Dan’s was thanks to his tip. We’re lucky we could catch a live session at 18:00. The kids loved it and I will never forget the accordion player. Top notch. We were able to enjoy a full hour of music and beer before the kids made us leave.

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An incredible find on Airbnb in Gortahork

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If you’re traveling to Donegal, stay in this place. A steal at about 100 euros per night! A beautiful new house, TONS of space, lots of comfort, and great views. I loved the communal atmosphere of the kitchen and cooking pancakes while the kids ate breakfast at the kitchen island. Little things like this make the trip great.

Donegal was a rugged and relaxed place to start our northern tour. More about Northern Ireland, Game of Thrones highlights, and exhilarating hikes on the next post.

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