What's in store for me in County Donegal?

This county belongs to the northern most portion of Ireland. This phrase comes from the Irish words 'Dun na nGall' which when literally translated means the fort of the foreigner. It is where the rare blanket bogs can be found. This county was also proven to have become the home of ancient human civilizations for more than 9000 years now. The county's first farmers also built tomb monuments like the Indian's totems. Proofs of Viking communities were also found. But even more than that, County Donegal's major attractions were the scenic views of its coast, breath-taking cliffs, warm and lovely beaches, and more natural wonders that surpass other candidates in Europe.

During the spread of Christianity, the county of Donegal was one of those greatly affected by its influences as evidenced by the great legacies left by the early Christians of the county. These come in the form of monuments that are still marked until the present day. They also had churches, monasteries, and various religious sites dedicated to saints like St. Colmcille who made it possible in converting the entire Scotland to Christianity.

Donegal, unlike its neighboring counties, was able to preserve its ancient cultures and language until the modern times probably because of its geographic and physical conditions. This county is enclosed by mountain ranges and seas which made communication outside the county hard or difficult to accomplish. The geographic circumstances of the place also dictate the kind of life that Donegal inhabitants would take. Their mode of living involves mainly the sea and the forest. The people in this area depend mainly on fishing and manufacture of tweed. The nice people, dynamic environment, and fine dining all contribute to where Donegal is comfortably positioned in the ranks of the finest counties of Ireland.

There are also many favorite tourist spots around Donegal. The Glencolmcille Folk Village and Museum is an exhibit showcasing the 300-year old cottage homes complete with furnishings and artifacts of the period. The Slieve League Cliffs are the highest cliffs in Europe where daredevils can take pleasure in hairpin bends and sheer drops to the sea. The thousand-year Colmcille Monastry on Tory Island consists of the remains of medieval churches erected in Donegal. The Colmcille Heritage Centre on the other hand features the life of Saint Colmcille. The Donegal County Museum contains a wide array of the artifacts supporting the Donegal lifestyle then and now.

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