For most people, airports conjure images of paperwork, long queues and endless waits in uncomfortable chairs with nothing but dull grey & metallic planes and runways making up the majority of the scenery. While some airports go out of their way to make their terminals and interiors more appealing in the form of movie theaters, pubs, restaurants and other forms of entertainment, you’d be hard pressed to tell one drab old runway from another. As luck would have it, for all of you travelers with a taste for natural aesthetic beauty, there exists an outlier – introducing the Donegal Airport, the world's most scenic airport!
Donegal is an airport that is a far cry from the swamp of mundanity that other airports seem to exist in. Located in Carrickfinn, Ireland, the majestic surroundings of the airport are a sight almost certain to sooth the soul of many a traveler, no matter how weary and wounded they may be as a result of countless layovers and delays! The runway is set between the Atlantic Ocean and the gorgeous Donegal mountains. Travelers will arrive in the Emerald Isle, next to a dazzling beach that has waters of the clearest blue for travelers lucky enough to land on a relatively sunny day. These sapphire waters offer an unparalleled contrast with the emerald green of the surrounding Irish landscape and is delightfully peppered with an assortment of flora of varying shades and hues. With Mount Errigal serving as a stoic backdrop on one side and an array of craggy islands on the other, the sheer variety of scenery is something that must be seen in order to be believed! The vistas and views are so spectacular that most visitors to the airport could be forgiven for thinking that they’ve stepped off the plane and onto another planet. Hollywood seems to wholeheartedly agree with us, with the Donegal coastline also being used in scenes of the latest Star Wars movie!
As a testament to Donegal’s serene beauty, it has recently come first in a poll conducted by booking service PrivateFly, that asked the public to vote for what they believed to be the most scenic airports in the world. In the process, it has swatted aside notable competition that includes the Scottish Barra Airport and the French Nice Airport! Over 100 airports were nominated for this poll with over 8500 votes cast in total! “We’re so proud to have Donegal Airport on the global stage, so a huge thanks goes out to everyone who took the time to vote.” said Pauline Sweeney, the airport’s marketing manager.