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Car Hire from Donegal Airport

Car Hire from Donegal Airport

Donegal in County Donegal, Ireland is a popular destinations for those to experience the outdoors and the beauty of the Irish countryside. Sandy beaches, good surfing conditions and the Bluestack Mountains offer an array of outdoor activities. To explore the beauty of the area and reach some of the more rural attractions of County Donegal hiring a car from Donegal Airport is recommended.

Where to hire a car at Donegal Airport

At the airport you will find car hire desks for Hertz, Auto Europe, Budget, Avis and Enterprise in the terminal building. Extended opening hours are in operation to cover the arrivals and departures of most flight times.

Petrol Stations near Donegal Airport

When hiring a car with a ‘full to full’ fuel policy from Donegal Airport you should ensure you have refuelled your car before returning it, to avoid excess charges.
The nearest petrol station to Donegal Airport is O’Donnells of Crolly located 8.6km away on the R259 highway which can be joined from the airport’s R266 access road.

Driving around Donegal Airport

Donegal is an area of outstanding beauty making it a favourite destination for scenic trips in the countryside. The roads are well surfaced and easy to navigate. When you leave Donegal Airport by car you will be on the R266 and after 1.5km can access the R259 highway. The R259 is the coastal road of The Rosses Peninsula and from here you can reach Crolly, Dungloe and Burtonport as the road forms a loop off the N56.

Getting to your Destination

Here are some useful tips to some of the popular destinations for visitors to Ireland that can be easily reached from Donegal Airport after hiring a car.

Donegal Town

The charming town features a harbour with sandy beaches and many points of archaeological interest attracting tourists in their numbers. Donegal Castle has recently been restored to its former glory and is considered the crown jewel of Donegal. Donegal is a 69km, 1 hour 30 minute drive from Donegal Airport and can be reached by joining the R259 after leaving the airport and then onto the N56.
The main attractions in Donegal Town provide free car parking facilities. There is also paid parking available in the three covered car parks in the town centre.

Glenveagh National Park

One of six national parks in Ireland, Glenveagh National Park located in the northwest of County Donegal and is home to a deer forest and many interesting plants and animals. Set in a picturesque location Glenveagh is a favourite with tourists to the region. Glenveagh National Park is a 35 km, 35 minute drive from Donegal Airport via the R251 Driving in Glenveagh National Park is restricted although there is plenty of free parking available at the entrance.


The coastal town of Dungloe has some lovely beaches and beautiful landscape that makes it a must-stop destination on a road trip. With six pubs in the small town, Dungloe has a lively nightlife. With 5 golf courses in the area, Dungloe is a popular destination all year round.
Dungloe is a 13km, 20 minute drive from Donegal Airport via the R259. Dungloe has plenty of free and unlimited parking available on the edges of the town. It is recommended to park outside the town and you can enjoy its sights by foot.

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