Donegal is world-renowned for its traditional products and crafts, rich in history and offering fantastic quality and here are some of the best places to shop. McElhinneys of Ballybofey is a truly top end department store dating back to 1971, it attracts customers from across the county and beyond interested in luxe goods and clothes. The warmest Irish welcome awaits you at McAuliffe’s Craft Shop in the seaside village of Dunfanaghy. For four generations this much-loved business has been renowned for sourcing the best of Irish clothing, craft and design. This is more than a gift shop, it’s an entire Wild Atlantic experience, built on a foundation of family, cherished by locals and visitors alike.
Another town with a nice variety of independent shops is Buncrana. If you’re into jewellery, you’re in luck as The Jewel Casket has a decent range of rings, watches and so on. And if shoes are your thing, head to Grants Shoes for some very stylish footwear. You may well want to buy some art when you’re in Donegal as a reminder of your visit. The Silver Birch Gallery & Studio, not far from Letterkenny, has work by artist-owner Sharon McDaid. In her Birds Collection, there’s a lovely canvas titled A Crow and Sliabh Sneach which shows the big bird and the hazy outline of the great mountain.
Main Street, Stranorlar, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal, F93 TD29, Ireland
One of the largest departments situated in Ireland, McElhinney’s is a multi-award winning, three-storey independent department store that is located in Ballybofey. McElhinneys offers you the most unique and individual range of designer fashion brands and gifts at great prices. Visit the store or shop online to browse the extensive range of men’s, women’s, children’s, beauty and homeware. Visit website
McAuliffe’s Craft Shop
Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal, Ireland
McAuliffe’s Craft Shop is located in the picturesque seaside village of Dunfanaghy along Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way Costal Route. It is an Irish family-run business that spans three generations celebrating and promoting Ireland’s rich heritage of craft and design. The products are sourced and hand-picked to provide you with a unique and complete lifestyle shopping experience. Visit website
Castle Street, The Diamond, Milltown, Donegal, Ireland
Fashion for everyday living at prices you can afford at Stella Boutique! Relaxed, elegant styles in beautiful prints, quality fabrics and a strong emphasis on sustainability and Fair Trade. Offering personalised customer care and catering for women from size 8 to 22. Early/late opening for individuals or small groups by appointment.
Mourne Antiques & Jewellery
45 Upper Main Street, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, F92 K167, Ireland
Mourne Antiques & Jewellery is a family-run business and has been going since 1982. It has developed over the years and is now well known and respected for both quality jewellery and the long-standing selection of antique china, furniture, or decorative pieces. There is contemporary jewellery of silver and gold, vintage pieces from the 1970s and 80s, 1940s costume jewellery from the Hollywood age, and of course the rare and exclusive antique pieces this shop is best known for, including that special engagement ring! Visit website
McNutt of Donegal
The Pier, Crocknamurleog, Downings, Co. Donegal, F92 WR53, Ireland
Visit one of Ireland’s most celebrated Woollen Mills and meet the team behind the famous McNutt of Donegal brand. Set in the original building where the first McNutt weaving factory originated in, browse the beautiful gift shop which is home to the brand’s most extensive collection of throws, baby blankets, knee blankets and fashion accessories plus a select edit of the very best Irish design talent. Visit website
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