Donegal is the most north-westerly county in Ireland. Letterkenny, Buncrana and Donegal Town are the county’s main towns. The Gaeltacht of Donegal is mostly located in the west of the county. The Gaeltacht includes regions such as The Rosses, Gaoth Dobhair, Gleann Cholm Cille and Fánaid.
The Donegal Gaeltacht is recognised as an area of exceptional natural beauty with a unique landscape. The county offers lots for visitors and locals to enjoy. Among the natural beauty spots of the area are the Sliabh Liag cliffs, a stunning feature of the county’s south coast, and Earagail, the highest mountain in the county and one of its defining features. The Donegal Gaeltacht has many interesting heritage sites to visit including the famous Fánaid Lighthouse and the area is also known for its rich language and culture with many successful artists coming from the region. There are many opportunities for visitors and locals to get a taste of the region’s music at sessions and many festivals and events are organised throughout the year to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the area.
The Donegal Gaeltacht has a strong economy. The industries in the county include health and medical products manufacturing, engineering, food processing and of course, the textiles industry. Páirc Ghnó Ghaoth Dobhair is at the centre of enterprise activity in the Donegal Gaeltacht but Údarás na Gaeltachta also has units available throughout the county to lease to new and existing businesses. Along with more traditional spaces, Údarás na Gaeltachta is developing a network of digital hubs in Donegal (the gteic network) and these modern spaces are catering especially for new and small businesses, remote workers and entrepreneurs.
Údarás na Gaeltachta provides many supports for companies and entrepreneurs in the area and every necessary service – shops, restaurants and schools for example – is available to the community. The communities of the Donegal Gaeltacht are strong and interconnected and this region offers a laid-back, peaceful and community-centered life. Away from the pressure and competition of city living, it is a life connected with the past but also with the innovations of the present.
The primary national roads to Donegal are as follows:
• Dublin – M2/N2, M1 nó M3/N3
• Belfast – M2
• Galway – M18/N17
• Sligo – N15
• Derry – N13
Letterkenny General Hospital