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Whether you’re coming home for the holidays or taking advantage of the time off with a bit of traveling, County Donegal is a beautiful place to visit in the winter months. Think brilliant sunrises over frosty hills, fresh wild air along the coastline, and a uniquely festive atmosphere that makes for perfect cosy nights with friends and family. Here are our top tips for enjoying a winter weekend in Donegal!

Enjoy a festive afternoon in Donegal Town

Around the holidays, Donegal Town is full of the holiday spirit with decorations, caroling groups in the Diamond, shopping, and lots of opportunities to sit down for a cuppa and a mince pie. There’s always the Weaver’s Loft Restaurant above the Magee 1866 store, where you’ll find home-baked scones, pies and treats as well as a full lunch menu with daily specials. Round off the day with a stroll down by the scenic Donegal harbour.

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Go for a long walk on the beach or a hike

Is there anything more invigorating than a winter beach walk? Donegal has plenty to offer in the way of beach strolls. Heading north, you have the option of Rossnowlagh, Murvagh Beach, and Mountcharles Pier. If you’re feeling really brave, join the locals for a polar plunge on Christmas Day. And then of course you can head west toward Sliabh Liag for stunning views as you walk along Ireland’s highest sea cliffs. If you’re up for an adventure, take to the wild of the Bluestack Mountains on our doorstep.

Have a Sunday lunch with friends & family

Donegal has some lovely destination spots for a meal or afternoon tea with loved ones. From Harvey’s Point on the shores of Lough Eske, to the Lough Eske Castle Hotel, to the House Gastro Pub in Donegal Town, there are plenty of places to whet the appetite and spend some quality time together over great food.

Enjoy a pint and some music

Donegal is full of cosy pubs, and you can usually find some music to enjoy, too. McCafferty’s in Donegal Town is always a great choice for a pint or two, with music and a lively atmosphere. Down the road in Ardara, Nancy’s Seafood Bar is a lovely warm spot for a quiet pint and some food.

Flax

Ireland has always been known for its linen, during the Victorian era Northern Ireland was the largest producer of linen worldwide. Today there are just a few mills left in Ireland weaving this very special and I think, underrated fabric. Many have fallen out of love with linen due to its tendency to crease badly – I feel this is part of its unique character and a well tailored, high quality linen garment – creased or not will still look well!

Our own mill design and weave linen namely for tailored garments – suits and blazers and there are a handful of other mills across Northern Ireland producing for shirts and home interiors.

To celebrate this sustainable and natural cloth we have just launched a capsule Made in Ireland – Woven in Ireland shirt collection for men.

The Grandfather shirt – made in Ireland from start to finish.

There are three styles across four classic colours – oat, white, sky blue and navy. We have used a timeless hopsack linen from Baird McNutt, who are designing in Donegal and weaving in County Antrim.

Linen is made from the fibres of the flax plant, it is one of the oldest fabrics in the world and known for its cool, fresh properties. It is lightweight, made from natural fibres and a sustainable material. These beautifully tailored shirts are truly investment pieces designed and made to last.

Shop our Irish Linen Shirt Collection.

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