Donegal is located in the north of the country, in the Republic of Ireland. Donegal hosts some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland ranging from high mountains, rivers, lakes, to coastal cliffs and beaches. Ireland's most northerly point, Malin Head, extends into the Atlantic Ocean on the Inishowen peninsula. The name Donegal comes from the Irish Dun na nGall meaning fort of the foreigner. Surrounded by mountains and sea, Donegal has preserved its Gaelic culture and language longer than most places. Today, that language and culture remain strong in its extensive Gaeltacht area stretching from Fanad Head to Slieve League.