AS YOU STAND upon one of our hundred headlands, slowly scanning the Atlantic while filling your lungs with crisp ocean air, it suddenly dawns on you that the vast horizon curves at the edges. Now you have personal proof that the Earth is, indeed, round!
That`s Donegal for you -- a place where you`ll make delightful discoveries every hour of your stay. Up here in Europe`s last unsullied vacation region, there`s no shortage of surprises and experiences guaranteed to sharpen up your five senses. Take smell. Nothing is more appetising than the unique morning blend of turf-smoke and sizzling bacon to be savoured throughout Ireland`s fourth-biggest county, from the guesthouse terraces of bustling Bundoran all the way north to the holiday cottages of wild Inishowen.
Donegal is a treat for your tastebuds, too. Our seafood is unsurpassed -- Lough Swilly sea-trout, Malin crab, Donegal Bay plaice, plus the pick of the Killybegs catch. For the true flavour of Donegal, nothing beats our roast lamb, raised on Blue Stack Mountain heather, served with freshly-dug new potatoes and minted peas. Enjoy!
Your hearing will also become acute as you listen for the plop of a silvery salmon as it rises to a fly at dusk on the river running past your hotel at Gweedore in the intriguing Irish-speaking Gaeltacht area. Your ears will soon be attuned to new sounds when you learn to play the bodhran for a family of fiddlers at the Irish cultural centre in Glencolmcille.
To feel the weathered carvings of an ancient Celtic cross, or run your fingers along the mysterious stone fortifications of Irish kings on Grianin Hill, is to connect with the Donegal of myth and legend, directly through your sense of touch. It`s sensational, in every way.
And as for your sense of sight, our scenic splendours defy description and must be seen to be believed.
As we say up here, just bring your camera and binoculars and let Donegal provide the spectacles.
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