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.
This 4-star hotel is set in 130 acres of parkland in the popular tourist town of Bundoran. Overlooking Donegal Bay, it has a golf course, a leisure club, a restaurant and 2 bars. The Great Northern Hotel is on an historic and challenging 18-hole championship golf course. The on-site leisure club has a modern gym, indoor pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub. Guest can also avail of excellent service at Siren Hair & Beauty. All rooms are equipped with a TV, telephone and private bathroom. Many rooms also boast views of the coast or golf course. Guests can dine with views of the golf course in Tir Connaill Restaurant. The relaxed Bistro Bar and Atlantic Bar are both open throughout the day and serve varied à la carte menus. The surrounding parkland and coastline are perfect for fishing, hiking, and surfing. The beach is less than 300 metres away whilst the centre of Bundoran is a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel and Spa is the winner of the best Luxury Country Hotel at the World Luxury Hotel Awards for the last 5 years (2009-2014) 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.
In the North West of Donegal on the beautiful Sheephaven Bay lies the thoroughly modern and luxurious Downings Bay Hotel with our award winning accommodation. The Sheephaven Suite is available for 20 – 350 people. JC’s Bar & the Haven Dining Room serve locally sourced fresh food daily. Live music nightly throughout the summer in JC's Bar. Magherabeg Leisure Centre & Kidz Kingdom are available complimentary to hotel guests.
Nestled in the village of Dunfanaghy overlooking Sheephaven Bay in the dramatic reaches of North Donegal, the Arnold Family Hotel has a proud tradition of warm hospitality and a quality of service designed for your comfort. All hotel bedrooms are non smoking. Our award winning Seascapes Restaurant serves quality cuisine carefully prepared by our Head Chef, complimented by a selection of fine wines. We can arrange lake and deep-sea angling trips and guests can avail of reduced green fees at Dunfanaghy 18 hole golf links course. Activity Holidays at Arnolds - Horse Riding, Watersports, Photography, Golf, Fishing, Painting, Writers workshops, Walking and Cycling. Nearby attractions - Horn Head Scenic Drive, Ards Forest Park, Glenveagh National Park. 1 AA Rossette for Culinary Excellence.
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 en suite 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.