County Donegal is a partly Irish-speaking region bordering the Atlantic Ocean in northwestern Ireland. It’s known for its castles, rugged coastline and mountains such as the iconic, quartzite Mount Errigal.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway in stunning surrounds, or fancy an exhilarating outdoor adventure, the Northern Headlands of Donegal have it all. With breathtaking scenery, golden beaches, rugged islands and a beautiful array of wildlife, this northern – almost untouched – stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way is an absolute essential, any time of year. The rugged coastline and enchanting lure of Donegal is a great example of the experience on offer all along the Wild Atlantic Way. It’s no wonder Donegal was named the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet for 2017’ by National Geographic Traveller.
Donegal’s coast is home to an impressive and rich variety of marine wildlife. Sea birds, cetaceans, seals…they are all part of its beautiful, natural landscape. But if anything makes Donegal a reknown place for marine researchers from around the world – and for wild watching holidays and ecotourism adventurers alike – that is its international relevance as a hotspot for sharks. One particular species is king in this realm for the curious visitor: the basking shark.