Joule Donegal International Rally 2018

The JOULE Donegal International Rally (15-17 June 2018) is one the toughest rally challenges there is for drivers and teams. Three days of over 300km of bumpy, twisting, lightning fast, narrow tarmac – from the fabled Knockalla coast road, to the lush green farm lands of Carnhill, to the wide open bog land landscape of Glen, Donegal has it all.

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The rally takes place over three days and will be followed by over 70,000 spectators with close to 200,000 viewers on TV and online.

It’s a sporting event that engages locally, nationally and internationally.

Being the only three day tarmac rally in Ireland and the UK, the JOULE Donegal International Rally draws the best drivers and cars from home and abroad every June.

The JOULE Donegal International Rally is made up of 20 special stages and the rules are very simple – the fastest driver and navigator win. The times from all the special stages, which vary in character and length, are combined and the competing pair with the fastest time wins – just like that.

The JOULE Donegal International Rally Ireland is naturally, the headline event. But the international is only a fraction of the Donegal rally. There are three sub-groups under the Donegal umbrella too, the national rally, the historic rally and the junior rally. In these categories you will have the opportunity to view all sorts of rally cars in one of rallying’s most exciting environments. From modified Mark 2 Ford Escort’s, to historic Porsche 911’s, there’s something for everyone in Donegal.

Looking for rally accommodation?

Fahan Cottage

Fahan Cottage is located along the Wild Atlantic Way on the Inishowen Peninsula and is within easy driving distance of golf courses, beaches, Buncrana and the Historic Walled City of Derry.

Leenan Fort Inishowen

An exploration of an abandoned British military base at Lenan Fort, guarding the mouth of Lough Swilly on the Inishowen peninsula, Donegal, Ireland.

Embrace the Wild Atlantic Way of Life

Leave the ordinary elsewhere this year, and experience the destination that’s both thrilling and therapeutic – the Wild Atlantic Way.

The Fintown Railway

The Fintown Donegal Railway is the only operational railway in Co. Donegal and is amidst spectacular highland scenery overlooking Lough Finn.

Slieve League Cliffs From Above

Slieve League Cliffs (Sliabh Liag), situated on the south west coast of Donegal, are said to be among the highest and finest marine cliffs in Europe.

Porthaw Beach Buncrana Inishowen

This secluded beach is located close to Ned’s Point along the shorefront walk leading to Fr Hegarty’s Rock and Stragill to the north of Buncrana.

My Donegal by Proinsias Carr – Aerial Views

Proinsias Carr has put together a little video of his favourite clips taken at various locations in Donegal throughout the year.

Inishowen From Above

The Inishowen Peninsula in all its glory! Ireland’s most northerly point has some of the most spectacular scenery in the country – watch and enjoy 🙂

Arranmore Lighthouse From Above

Arranmore Lighthouse has been in existence since 1859 having replaced the lighthouse built in 1798 which had been de-commissioned in 1832. It is located at Rinrawros Point.

The Silkie Whiskey from Donegal

The Sliabh Liag Distillery will be the first distillery in Donegal for 174 years and their first whiskey is The Silkie – named after the legendary shape-shifting, sea-maidens with long dark hair, deep soulful brown eyes and enchanting voices that were nearly irresistible to any man.