Killybegs, Donegal, Ireland
A Stroll through Donegal Town
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4 Hours
Upon arrival in the town center of Donegal, set out on foot with your guide to the ruins of an ancient monastery founded in 1474. Over the course of history, the Friary was besieged many times and, in 1601, was partially destroyed by an explosion while occupied by the English.
A town steeped in history, Donegal is now the center of activity for southern County Donegal. The attractive centerpiece of the town is known as the Diamond -- it is here that you will find a tall obelisk dedicated to the memory of the Four Masters. These were the four friars led by Michael O'Cleary. In the 17th century, he compiled the Annals of the Four Masters -- one of the earliest historical texts recording the early history of Ireland.
Visit Donegal Castle and learn its history from your local guide. Built beside the River Eske by a 15th-century O'Donnell chieftain, the castle has extensive 17th-century additions. It is furnished throughout with Persian rugs and French tapestries. Information panels chronicle the history of the castle owners from the O'Donnell chieftains to the Brooke family.
The town is also a main center for the tweed industry in Ireland and is home to John Magee, world-renowned manufacturers of Donegal Tweed. From modest beginnings in 1866, when John Magee began buying and selling tweed, the business has flourished and now has two clothing factories, a weaving division and a retail store offering a large selection of finely tailored clothing.
Some free time will be allowed for you to shop before rejoining your motor coach and guide for the return drive to Killybegs.
Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Wear comfortable walking shoes.