Letterkenny is a colourful little market town that radiates with traditional Irish charm.
The town’s high street lays claim to being one of the longest in Ireland, and is lined with a mix of pastel coloured buildings which house independent shops, high street stores and pubs. Halfway down is a pretty little market square which is fringed by a terrace of red-brick Georgian houses, one of which was a favourite holiday retreat of poet WB Yeats’ actress lover Maud Gonne. Despite its stature, Letterkenny has a few notable cultural points of interest.The town’s impressive cathedral of St Eunan’s, dominates the skyline and boasts a beautifully proportioned structure that has a striking Gothic appearance built from Mountcharles stone.
Continuing on the cultural trail, you can uncover more about the fascinating history of the county at Donegal Museum, housed inside a former workhouse, which features over 8000 artefacts and objects of interest, many of which date back to prehistoric times.
Meanwhile, at nearby Newmills Corn & Flax Mill you can see two of the largest water driven mills in Ireland, one which was used to grind oats and barley, and the other to extract fibres from flax plants for the production of linen. On the outskirts of town, you can also visit Tropical World. Come face to face with reptiles, owls, lemurs, racoons, wallabies and rare birds.
Letterkenny also acts as a gateway to explore the rest of Donegal, including the Glenveagh National Park, Glenveagh Castle and its dramatic coastline where soaring cliffs plunge into the Atlantic Ocean.
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