The north west is one of the most spectacular, unspoilt and undiscovered corners of Ireland and one of the best ways to get here is to fly into Donegal Airport. This airport is an excellent facility operating daily and regular flights from Cork, Dublin and Glasgow. Read on for more.
Donegal Airport is located in a beautiful remote part of Donegal in an area called Carrickfinn, which is about a 15 minute drive from Dungloe and a 45 minute drive from Letterkenny. When you fly to Donegal, you will touch down in one of the most picturesque and serene parts of Ireland, where you’re immediately surrounded by spectacular scenery, sandy beaches and the unique heritage and culture of the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking area).
The airport first opened in 1986 with a grass strip as a runway! In the 1990′s the airport was further developed to include a new modern terminal building and a runway, which was extended to 1,500 metres. The airport terminal has now facilities such as a café bar, a bar, a shop, a car hire desk and tourist information desk.
Aer Arann is currently the only airline which operates in this airport. It has two return flights to Dublin daily with a flight time of just under 1 hour. Aer Arann also operate a daily flight from Cork Airport which also takes just under 1 hour. You can also get a flight from Glasgow Prestwick Airport to Donegal which takes just 55 minutes approximately. A Flemish airline called VLM operate flights from Donegal to Rotterdam during the summer months.
The airport is located on the west coast of County Donegal, in an area known as Gweedore. Gweedore is one of the largest Gaeltachts (Irish speaking areas) in the country. Gweedore has a spectacular setting in the shadow of Mount Errigal overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
If you are arriving in Donegal Airport it is advisable to phone ahead and pre book a taxi or taxi cab. If you are flying out of Donegal you can park your car here for €5 a day òr a week for €24.
Donegal Airport is the perfect place to fly into to discover the rugged, unspoilt beauty of the north west of Ireland. There’s lots of accommodation in Donegal whether you’re looking for a hotel, guesthouse, B&B and self catering – check out our Donegal accommodation page. Sights to see while in Donegal include the vibrant seaside town of Bundoran or Donegal town situated on the beautiful Donegal Bay. In Donegal you can visit the majestic Slieve League cliffs – the highest cliff face in Europe at 600 metres tall or visit Glenveagh National Park which boasts 14,000 hectares of parkland making it one of the most beautiful national parks in Ireland.
Donegal is the perfect destination if you want to sample the true beauty and unique culture and heritage of Ireland - so check out the Donegal Airport website now and book your flight to the north west.