If you love Instagram, odds are that you love sharing snaps of beautiful Donegal too.

Now, the rest of the world is waking up to its Insta potential.

Donegal has been listed as Europe’s 26th Most Instagrammable Destination for 2019. That’s higher than Rome, Lisbon and Venice!

The global travel site Big 7 Travel announced the Top 50 hotspots for a good gram this week. And many local people were delighted to see the ‘forgotten county’ ranked so highly for its visual allure and popularity on social media. 


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Big 7 Travel had this to say about Donegal: “This rugged stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way has endless golden beaches and tiny villages that make for a wonderful weekend break for exploring. With the dramatic Sliabh Liag cliffs, Glenveagh National Park and some serious craic in local pubs, Donegal is well worth a visit.

“Whether you want to eat fresh seafood, go surfing or tackle a hike, Donegal is the place to be. Oh, and did we mention you can see the Northern Lights from here? It’s ideal.”


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They also recommended seven must-visit locations for stunning photos, which are: Malin Head, Errigal, Fanad Head, Glenveagh, Bundoran, Glencolumbkille Folk Village and the Silver Strand. Now there’s a great list for anyone planning some weekend road trips.


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How did Big 7 Travel choose the winners? Via a comprehensive scoring system that analysed the amount of hashtags per destination, survey results of Big 7 Media’s 1.5 million audience, and votes cast by a panel of travel experts.

The Top 10 Most Instagrammable Destinations in Europe for 2019 are:

  1. Dubrovnik, Croatia
  2. Iceland
  3. Scottish Highlands, Scotland
  4. Budapest, Hungary
  5. The Cotswolds, England
  6. Kerry, Ireland
  7. Malta
  8. Côte d’Azur, France
  9. Kiev, Ukraine
  10. Vienna, Austria

Cities who made it into the Top 20 include Bruges in Belgium, with Italy’s Tuscany region also receiving high scores, thanks to its lush scenery and quaint towns.

So now that Donegal is the Coolest Place on the Planet, the World’s Most Scenic Airport Landing, and an Instagram hotspot – there are a lot of reasons to #LoveDonegal

Where are your favourite places to go to hashtag #Donegal? Let us know in the comments below.