These Playgrounds in Donegal are Perfect for an Adventure!

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

October 20, 2018


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There are some great playgrounds in Donegal that cater for under-12s. With classics like swings and slides a guarantee, you’ll also find more exciting apparatus like ziplines, climbing towers and plenty more to keep older children entertained. If you’re on the hunt for adventure, try one of these super fun playgrounds in Donegal!

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The local playground is always a great way to entertain the kids, but if you’re looking to try something new, perhaps venture to a new spot – the kids will love it!

There is a great variety of playgrounds in Donegal for you to choose from, including those with zip lines, walking paths, stunning views, picnic areas and additional amenities.

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Fun Playgrounds in Donegal

Donegal Town Playground

Mum Imelda recommends the playground in Donegal Town which is set behind the castle and near the St John Bosco Cente and the old Donegal Railway track.

Separated into 2 sections, there’s one for younger children with a climbing frame, swings, round-about and sit on rocking toys. Then for older children there is a zip-wire, basket swings, climbing frame with an enclosed slide, wooden adventure frame and more.

You’ll find parking near the playground and entry is free.

Community Park, Gweedore

This community playground has a toddler and preschool area, including swings, see-saws, climbing nets and more. There are benches for parents or picnics, and also a short nature walk around the park suitable for prams.

Ballymacool Park, Letterkenny

This large modern playground, situated in the 20 acre grounds of Ballymacool House, offers great play equipment for toddlers, preschoolers and older children. The equipment is well spaced out, making it very spacious on those busier days!

The play area itself, is totally enclosed, dogs are not permitted in the area and it is also a No-Smoke zone. There are seats all the way around the perimeter and there is a toilet block situated close by. In a separate enclosed area there is a multi-use games area, suitable for older children.

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Mall Park, Ballyshannon

Situated in an area of high scenic beauty overlooking Erne Estuary, this playground is a safe play facility for children up to the age of 12 and easily accessed from all areas of the town.

Tory Island

Tory Island is a picturesque place to visit, and an opportunity to experience something unique.

The playground here is large and colourful, with plenty of equipment to keep all ages engaged and active.

Ballybofey & Stranorlar

Good sized, enclosed modern play area including a great wooden play equipment. Suitable for toddlers to twelve year olds. Parent seating available.


Located beside the stunning Pollan beach, you’ll find this revamped, eco-friendly children’s play area. Complete with wooden climbing walls, play-houses, swings and plenty more, this playground is ideal for children under 12.

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Bernard McGlinchey Park, Letterkenny

There are two playgrounds in Bernard McGlinchey Park. There is a toddler playground near the entrance to the park, and there is another play area suitable for older children further into the park with a zip wire, swings and steep, bending slides.

There is a small carpark at the park but it is usually full, and while there are other carparks close by, they do charge for parking. Toilets are located at the park entrance.

Festival Park, Buncrana

Buncrana’s Festival Park is beside the shore greens and just 5 minutes walk from Buncrana town centre, beside Buncrana’s Light House and Leisure Centre.

The large, modern playground has plenty of bright and colourful equipment to engage children from toddlers to age 12.


The small village of Tamney on the Fanad Peninsula offers a modern, colourful and safe playground with lots of equipment to keep the kids active. Suitable for toddlers to age 12.

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More Playgrounds in Donegal

  • Bundoran – a large playground, located on the sea-front
  • Castlefinn – a large playground suitable for toddlers and older children
  • Crossroads & Killygordon – a modern and colourful playground, enclosed and safe, suitable for toddlers upwards
  • Culdaff – a large playground beside the sea with great equipment suitable for all ages. Car-parking close-by and accesses on to the beach too
  • Dungloe – a playground suitable for toddlers and children up to twelve years old
  • Falcarragh – a playground with toddler and preschool area
  • Lifford – playgrounds suitable for all ages
  • Manorcunningham – a large playground with plenty of parent seating
  • Moville – a safe, enclosed playground with beautiful sea views
  • Portnoo – a modern playground facility suitable for all ages
  • Ramelton – this well equipped playground provides fun and adventure
  • Rathmullen – a large, enclosed and colourful playground beside the beach
  • St. John Bosco, Donegal Town – a large play facility not far from the centre of the town

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Can you recommend any other playgrounds in Donegal? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

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About the Author: Emily Manning

Emily Manning
Emily is the coffee-loving Editor of MyKidsTime. Mum of one daughter and two naughty Tibetan Terriers, she is particularly partial to Curly Wurlys and unable to resist pretty stationery and new cookbooks. As an avid foodie and domestic goddess-wannabe, she is most likely to be found in the kitchen.

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