County Donegal is located at the northwest tip of the island of Ireland and is one of the Republics most northerly counties.
Donegal is one of Ireland’s most serene spots, with beautiful scenery and breathtaking views. Donegal’s coastline has a number of beaches, such as Rossnowlagh and Bundoran, which are popular for surfing and swimming. There are a number of Gealtacht or native Irish speaking areas in County Donegal, such as Tory Island, located off Horn Head, which is an area rich in ancient archaeological and monastic ruins. There are over 35 Donegal hotels and Donegal guesthouses where you can enjoy short hotel breaks or more extended stays. A lot of hotels in Donegal cater for families.
The famous Irish writer Brian Friel based his play “Dancing at Lughnasa” on Glenties, located in South Donegal. Also in the south of the county is the well known Donegal Bay, which stretches from Bundoran to Glemcolmcille and past Donegal Town. This area also has one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe, the Slieve League Sea Cliffs.
Glenveagh National Park situated in the northwest of Donegal extends to over 14,000 hectares of lakes, mountaind, rivers, bogland and the valley, which gives it its name – which translates as the “Valley of the birches”. In addition to being an area of spectacular beauty, the park is also home to wildlife such as the Irish Red Deer, with one of the largest herd’s in Europe. It also has foxes, badgers and the Native Irish Hare and birds of prey such as the Peregrine Falcon and Merlin and the Golden Eagle, which was re-introduced, to the park in 2000.
County Donegal has a number of museum and galleries worth visiting such as the Dun Ri Military Museum, the Glenties Museum, Doagh Famine Village, Dun Ri Museum, Colmcille Heritage Centre, the Maritime Museum, Dunfanaghy Workshouse, the County Museum and the Glebe Gallery. Ask at your hotel for more information.
The area also host a number of festivals each year which are well worth visiting such as Buncrana Festival, Mary of Dungloe Festival, the Killybegs and Dunfanaghy Seafood Festivals, the Earagail Art Festival, the Ardara Walking Festival, the Bundoran Ocean Festival and the Charles Macklin Autumn School – to name but a few, and you will find a great selection of hotels to choose from locally.
Whatever your reason for visiting County Donegal you can book any of our 43 fully approved Donegal hotels and Donegal guesthouses located throughout the county on the Ireland Hotels website. Just use the accommodation search box featured on this page to find a Donegal hotel or guesthouse to meet your needs.
Internationally award winning Donegal Manor and Cookery School, offers 4* boutique style accommodation which is at the top of its class. Ideally located when visiting Donegal for leisure, business or family functions. Close to beaches, walks, Slieve League, Atlantic Drive, historic buildings, fine restaurants and golf courses. Within 20 minutes walking distance of Donegal Town or 3 minutes by car. Extremely comfortable bedrooms, delicious breakfast menu including three different fish dishes and buttermilk pancakes and complimentary home made cakes and bakes available on arrival.
The Holyrood Hotel, Bundoran has always been renowned for its warmth and hospitality down through the years. The first of the McEniff Hotels, it has been in the family for three generations. Managed by Seanie and Audrey McEniff, they carry on a proud tradition which has been handed on by Mrs. Elizabeth McEniff, Founder of the hotel group. The Holyrood Hotel with its well appointed and spacious ensuite bedrooms, ensures that guests enjoy the comfort and stress free environment they have become to expect from the Holyrood Hotel. Located just a stones throw away from Blue Flag Beaches, a world renowned 18 hole links Golf course, and shadowed by the Darty Mountains. The Holyrood Hotel can only captivate you and yours. One can experience the truly traditional atmosphere in the Waterfront Bar. Spacious and beautifully decorated. Sit in real comfort and sample a wine from our wide ranging cellar or perhaps try one of our exotic cocktails. An extensive bar menu is available in the Waterf
The Clanree Hotel is just a 15-minute walk from the vibrant town centre of Letterkenny. Featuring spacious rooms and an outdoor terrace and with full leisure centre facilities such as 20-metre pool with separate kids pool, sauna, Jacuzzi & Fitness Club,
Rooms at The Clanree all include private en suite bathrooms, with Satellite TV and offer tea/coffee making facilities. Free Wi-Fi is available in the public areas of the hotel. Want to pamper yourself, Fuchsia Beauty Salon offers a range of beauty treatments.
Aileach Restaurant serves carvery lunch daily, a la carte and early bird menu. Oscars Bar & outdoor Lounge offers an extensive bar food menu and live entertainment most weekends.
The bustling heart of Letterkenny is close by and the Glenveigh National Park, Grianan of Aileach, Inishowen and the city of Derry all only a short drive away. Donegal is famous for its beautiful blue flag beaches, world class golf courses and majestic scenery.
Family Run Hotel Donegal Jackson's Hotel, Ballybofey, Donegal is an award-winning four star family run, pet friendly Donegal Hotel and is highly regarded as one of Donegal's finest Hotels. Resting on the banks of the River Finn and Drumboe Woods, its idyllic location offers the perfect venue for every occasion; Weddings, Short Breaks, Family Breaks.
Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel and Spa is the winner of the best Luxury Country Hotel at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 09, 10, 11 and 2012. The original Castle has been transformed into Donegal’s first and only five star Hotel & Spa. Nestled within a 43 acre forest estate hugging the shores of Lough Eske, close to the Bluestack Mountains and just 5km from Donegal Town in the South West of the county. Spa Solis with its swimming pool, fitness centre and treatment suites, sits in the footprint of the Castle’s original glass house.
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