Donegal tops National Geographic Traveller's 'Cool List' for 2017

The magazine says the county "is a land that feels undiscovered"

Donegal tops National Geographic Traveller's 'Cool List' for 2017

A set is created in Malin Head, Co Donegal Ireland, for the next Star Wars movie. Picture by Niall Carson PA Archive/PA Images

Donegal has been named the 'coolest' place to visit next year.

It's the only Irish destination mentioned in the National Geographic Traveller's 'Cool List' for 2017.

The magazine says the list focuses on the top "culture capitals, hipster hotspots and wild escapes".

"With a weather-nibbled coast spotted with sea stacks, Blue Flag beaches and offshore islands, Donegal is a land that feels undiscovered," the writers suggest.

It cites the recent filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII in the county, as well as its surfing, driving, walking and cycling spots.

Other countries and cities making the list are Santiago, Canada, Helsinki, Greenland, New Zealand, Peru, India and South Africa.

Fáilte Ireland’s Director for the Wild Atlantic Way, Orla Carroll, said: “The Wild Atlantic Way goes from strength to strength and it is starting to pick up a large amount of global recommendations.

"We are delighted that National Geographic Traveller are particularly praising Donegal as one of our key objectives for 2017 will be to boost visitor growth in the north west stretch of the coastal route," he added.