Many of Donegal’s key attractions are close to Cloghan, so it is a popular place to stay or visit on a day trip. Two attractions that should be on every visitor’s to-do list is the fabulous Lough Boora Parklands and the ever-popular Clonfert Cathedral. Two other popular spots nearby Cloghan are the An Dun Transport and Heritage Museum and the St. Kieran's Cathedral.
Do try to see some of the nearby museums and galleries, which help make the area such a unique vacation destination. There are many excellent destinations to take the family for a few hours such as the Dun na Si Heritage Centre in Moate, Locke's Distillery in Kilbeggan and the Lockes Distillery Museum. See local and touring artists live on stage at the Tuar Ard Arts Centre in Moate.
If you are travelling with kids, give them a chance to let off some steam at the child-friendly attractions nearby. Take pictures, browse the educational displays and learn about animal biodiversity at the Ballard Organic Farm in Kilbeggan and the Glendeer Pet Farm in Athlone.
If the weather is good, follow the lead of the locals who know the area best and head outside to the nearby parks and reserves. Get a taste of the area’s wildlife with a trip to a nearby lake like Lough Ree in Athlone.
Donegal offers visitors a wide range of attractions. When you are planning your stay, be sure to schedule enough time to see them all. To discover the nearby historic sights, be sure to check out Leap Castle in Roscrea. Whatever your faith, you'll appreciate the peaceful atmosphere at Cloghan’s holy places like the St. Peter and Paul's Church in Athlone.
To work on your swing grab your golf bag and head to the Ballinasloe Golf Club in Ballinasloe, the Athlone Golf Club in Athlone and the Moate Golf Club in Moate.
For those travelling child-free, discover the many attractions at the Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre in Tullamore.
Sports lovers should book tickets for nearby O'Moore Park, Portlaoise to see the Laois GAA taking on visiting rivals. To endear yourself with the locals, be sure to wear blue and white, the colors of the Laois GAA.
When you’re ready to rest up after a day spent exploring the many charms of Cloghan, check in to one of the area’s convenient short and long stay accommodation options. Take your pick from the Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone, or the Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone.