This Irish County Has Been Named As The Coolest Place On The Planet Donegal

If you hail from Donegal, you should be feeling very proud of yourself right now.According to National Geographic Traveller, it’s the coolest place on the planet

The Irish county tops The Cool List: 17 for 2017, the UK magazine’s annual roll call of places to visit in the coming year, which was headed last year by Iran. The island of Ireland came fourth last year, so we’re not being too bad.

According to The Irish Independent, the list is compiled based on the opinions of a panel of the magazine’s contributors, focusing on “destinations that our writers think are going to be popular next year”, said a spokesman.

It appears in the January/February edition of the magazine, which was published on Thursday.

Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), had this to say about how Donegal made the list:

“We considered many destinations for our Cool List 2017, but we felt Donegal was in a real sweet spot – off-radar and hard to access, but on the cusp of a breakthrough”.

‘On the one hand, you have big pushes like the Wild Atlantic Way and the recent visit of Star Wars; on the other you only have to drive a few miles to have a beach or a road completely to yourself”.

“It’s a warm-hearted place, but wilderness always feels just a stone’s throw away. And it is wilderness . . . world-class wilderness. We think it’s due a big year.”


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