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Has anyone stayed in Ireland's northwest area around Ballybofey in Donegal? Is it scenic enough to justify the difficulty to get there? Would two nights be sufficient?

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I have not been there, but I recently noticed that National Geographic rated County Donegal the coolest vacation spot on the planet. :-)

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Greetings from Ireland,

I went to high-school in Ballybofey with the Sisters of Mercy (actually in neighbouring Stranorlar, but they are known as the 'twin-towns' and joined together by a 50 yard long bridge).

You are the first traveller in my entire 20 year career who has ever enquired about staying in Ballybofey, and thank you - it warms my heart to hear it.

If you are seeking an authentic Irish experience, then do it. Theres lovely hotels and B&B's there, warm and friendly people and logistically its pretty good actually. You will only be half an hour from Donegal town and onwards to the Slieve League cliffs if you wish, an hour or less from historic Derry and Glenveagh National Park.

Enjoy Ballybofey, let me know how you get on!

Slainte/to your health
Stephen McPhilemy
Rick Steves Ireland Tour-Guru
Dingle, Derry & Dublin