Donegal has been named the fourth-best region in the world to visit in 2024 by Lonely Planet.
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2024 is a collection of the world’s hottest trends, destinations and experiences for the coming year.
“It’s really great news that Donegal has been named the fourth-best region in the world to visit in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2024,” said Alice Mansergh, chief executive designate of Tourism Ireland.
“It will surely help inspire international travellers to put Donegal and Ireland on their holiday wish list for next year.”
‘Unspoilt Hiking Trails’
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2024 rated Donegal highly for its ‘unspoilt coastal hiking trails along the Wild Atlantic Way’.
The guide also commended the fact that ‘its ancient forts, musical traditions and rich heritage of the Irish language also make it an immersive experience for the curious visitor.’
“It’s another well-deserved accolade, which will help position us well for 2024 and set us apart from competitor destinations,” said Mansergh.
“I would like to extend my thanks to Lonely Planet and my congratulations to all the tourism and hospitality providers in beautiful Donegal.”
This is not the first time that Ireland has been recognised by the Lonely Planet guide.
Dublin was declared the seventh-best city in the world to visit in 2022, and the third-best city in the world to visit in 2016.
Additionally, Galway was declared the fourth-best city in the world to visit in 2020, while Belfast and the Causeway Coast were named the number-one region in the world to visit in 2018.