My hometown: the best places in Donegal

Award winning interior designer and founder of Room Junkie Anne Tuohy, reveals the best place to go in her hometown Donegal

  • Anne Tuohy

Award winning interior designer and mum of three Anne Tuohy, set up online interior design company Room Junkie in 2013 to enable people from all over the world to enjoy custom designed homes for a fraction of the cost of traditional interior design.

"I am passionate about the positive benefits of great design and helping people to create fabulous, functional homes that work. I want you to have the perfect home, not the perfect house,” says Anne.

“As an Interior Designer who specialises in designing customised once off luxury homes, I advise clients around the country and beyond in creating their dream home with function, as well as luxury and comfort in mind. I like to think that some of my design inspiration comes from the spectacular, natural beauty that I was surrounded by growing up. I had to leave to truly appreciate it.

“My first loves are definitely new builds and home renovation projects, although I have had great success with workplace transformations too. I also deliver a nationwide interior design masterclass called "Sharing the Secrets" where I share my unique, step by step system for creating the perfect room."

Room Junkie is based in the North West of Ireland and Anne takes time out of her busy design schedule to reveal the best places to go in her hometown Donegal.

Best place for coffee and Cake: Tí Linn on the road up to Sliabh League. I have the most wonderful memories of time spent there with my adored Mum and my boys, sipping excellent coffee and enjoying Siobhan's fabulous cakes and bakes.

Best place for a meal: Undoubtedly Kitty Kelly's on the way to the cliffs. This is not just my favourite local restaurant but one of my countrywide favourites. Remy Dupuy sets the standard for the most incredible Donegal cuisine, passionately serving the freshest local fish and produce in his own inimitable style. Dinner here is a sublime, unforgettable feast.

To buy something special for a friend: Anything from Orwell and Brown's collection of distinctive and stylish Donegal tweed accessories and notebooks. If I had to pick a favourite it would be their signature colourful Donegal tweed bow ties.

To buy something special for me: A bottle of the sensational locally distilled An Dúlamán Gin from Sliabh League Liag Distillery. It even comes with a personalised label if you like.

To get back to nature: Nothing beats a long walk along the cliffs, to drink in that fresh Atlantic air and to be energised by the incredible landscape of sea, heather and mountainous terrain. This is as close to nature as you will ever be.

To discover hidden gems: From the water is definitely the best place to spy all sorts of inaccessible, precious hidden gems. My favourite, and the most entertaining way to do this is to join local skipper Paddy Byrne on board his Nuala Star. Every trips yields another unexpected treasure.

To feel like a local: Walk into Evelyn's Central Bar where good Guinness has been served for generations. Plenty of good music here too.

To be a tourist: Step back on board Sliabh Liag Boat Tour's Nuala Star for a sailing trip, a fishing trip or a live music trip. Non-stop entertainment and local geography from skipper Paddy Byrne too. An unmissable adventure.

To hear some tunes: You will find planned and impromptu sessions in the Rusty Mackerel night or day. Their waitresses are even known to break into spontaneous dance. Did I mention that the food is excellent too?

To have a cocktail: I would head over to the fabulous Harveys Point where perfection is standard. Great food here too.

To be pampered: The Beauty Spot on the Main Street is where to go for an amazing Dermalogica facial, and a back massage after a long walk on the cliffs.

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Compiled by Tracey Donaghey

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