• River Eske, Donegal Town

County Donegal

County Donegal, to the west of Derry, is about as far-flung as Ireland gets. A forgotten economic backwater (part of the Republic but riding piggyback on the North), it lacks blockbuster museums or sights. But a visit here is more about the journey, and adventurous drivers — a car is a must — will be rewarded with a time-capsule peek into old Irish ways and starkly beautiful scenery.