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Welcome to Donegal

Welcome to Donegal, the most northerly county in Ireland and start of the Wild Atlantic Way. Donegal has some of the most awe-inspiring scenery and beautiful beaches in the country.

Drink in some of the best views in Ireland at Malin Head or look out for some golden eagles and red deer at Glenveagh National Park. You will expersince all kinds of weather while visiting Donegal, but even on days when the sun doesn’t shine there are plenty of things to see and do. For those who love water sports, Donegal is known all over the world as a surfer’s paradise, especially around Bundoran in the south of the county. The county also boasts well stocked rivers and lakes for fishing, and world renowned golf courses set in stunning areas of natural landscape.

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  • 0.48km to City/Town Centre

    Arnolds Hotel

    The Arnold Family hotel is situated in Dunfanaghy on the Wild Atlantic Way. Established in 1922 we are renowned for excellence in food using locally sourced produce and the warm Donegal welcome. Home baking, jams and preserves are all part of the holiday experience during your stay. Sheephaven Bay has magnificent landscapes, miles of sandy beaches and hidden coves just waiting to be explored. Add to that the wide range of outdoor activities you can enjoy in the area including:- Horse Riding, Golf, Water Sports, Cycling, Hiking, Walking, Fishing and the scene is set for an exciting holiday with lots to see and discover. In the evening you can relax with a predinner drink by the open turf fires and afterwords you can retire to the bar and join in the Traditional music sessions. The area is steeped in history and culture with the opportunity to visit the local Famine Heritage Centre, Doe Castle, Ards Friary and Glenveagh National Park and Gardens. The village has lots to offer with a wide variety of craft shops, cafes, eateries and Art Galleries all within walking distance of the hotel as well as the beautiful Killahoey Beach with stunning views of Horn Head and Muckish Mountain. So the scene is set for a holiday of a lifetime in Donegal. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to the Arnold Family Hotel.

    Address: Main Street Dunfanaghy Co Donegal F92N6TF

    • Doe Castle - km
    • Glenveagh National Park - km
  • 5.98km to City/Town Centre

    Harvey's Point Hotel

    This 4-star hotel has a magical location amid the Bluestack Mountains, on the edge of Lough Eske. It is 6 km from Donegal town and offers gourmet food and a romantic atmosphere.Each bedroom is elegant and private, and has a large Italian marble bathroom. Rooms also have a TV and facilities for making tea and coffee.Harvey's Point restaurant has 2 AA Rosettes and provides relaxed, elegant dining. Food is made using locally sourced ingredients.The peaceful Harvey's Point was AA Hotel of the Year 2007/08. It is ideal for fishing, horse riding, golf and hill walking.

    Address: Lough Eske, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal

    • Glenveagh National Park - km
    • Doe Castle - km
  • 26.49km to City/Town Centre

    Rathmullan House

    With its stunning location, right beside the sea, you can stroll through the gardens of this lovely old house down to a mile long sandy beach.Inside has a comfortable and informal country house style with rooms to suit everyone, from romantic garden rooms with freestanding bath tubs to large garret rooms for whole families.The beach provides endless entertainment-walk it, jog it, comb it, ride it, occasionally even lie on it when the weather is good! But there is also an indoor heated pool, sauna, tennis courts, massages and holistic treatments at the hotel. books, boardgames, DVDs and jigsaws for the less energetic. Nearby, there are lots of excellent links, including Portsalon, Rospenna and Ballyliffin, providing golf at geat value. (Green fees from 20ac25). Charter a boat and go fishing or dolphin spotting, stride the beach, surf the waves, visit Glenveagh Castle and Gardens or find a pub and drink in the views.DININGThe award winning Cook & Gardener restaurant relies, as the name suggests on locally sourced produce and the knowhow of dedicated and experienced chefs. The walled organic garden at Rathmullan House provides many of the ingredients that you will find in your evening meal.With the introduction of the Tap Room in 2014 serving stone baked pizza and craft beer, there is a dining option for the most casual or special of occasions.

    Address: Rathmullan, Donegal

    • Doe Castle - km
    • Glenveagh National Park - km
  • 6.75km to City/Town Centre

    Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa

    The Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa in Donegal offers the very best of both worlds - a rural setting gazing across Lough Swilly whilst only a five minute drive from Letterkenny. This unique, cosy and intimate family run hotel is renowned for excellent service and award winning food with the 'Tassie Steak' a specialty! Open fires, candlelit oak beamed foyer, relaxing surroundings and a friendly greeting awaits you. All 36 luxurious bedrooms have everything you need to make your stay memorable including DVD players and complimentary library of DVD's and books. It is an ideal choice to get away from it all yet be close to everything. Choose from first class beaches, walking, surfing or play a game of Golf on one of the many wonderful courses near by. If you prefer some retail therapy there are lots of shops to choose from & a wide selection of things to do in the area from Glenveagh National Park, Museum as well as scenic drives with quaint heritage town of Ramelton only a short drive away.

    Address: Ramelton Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

    • Letterkenny Institute of Technology - km
    • Letterkenny Golf Club - km
  • 4.94km to City/Town Centre

    Solis Lough Eske Castle

    Lough Eske Castle is Donegal's only 5 star hotel. Follow the long sweeping drive through old woodlands to a beautifully restored Gaelic castle with its ornamental stonework and imposing 4-storey tower. Here, at the water's edge of Lough Eske, near the fabled Blue Stack Mountains, escape into a luxurious world of relaxed elegance and personal service.Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa sits within 43 acres of forest woodland open since December 2007, this lovingly restored castle-hotel blends its historic past with a dash of contemporary elegance. From the award-winning Spa Solis to the dining table to one of our 96 beautifully appointed guestrooms, we provide a truly accommodating environment where our dedication to our guests is thoughtful, reliable, consistent, and complete. Superb service and superior amenities make every day here a perfect day.The architecture itself is a thoughtful renovation that preserves the fine character of the original estate while introducing a world of contemporary comforts. This blend of Irish country charm and modern accommodation creates the perfect setting for events, weddings or your own private weekend retreat.

    Address: Donegal Town, Co. Donegal, F94 HX59

    • Donegal Bay Waterbus - km
    • Doe Castle - km
  • 5.45km to City/Town Centre

    The Redcastle Oceanfront Golf & Spa Hotel

    The Redcastle Oceanfront is a deluxe 4 star resort on the shores of Lough Foyle in Inishowen, Co. Donegal – one of the most beautiful peninsulas in Ireland. The secluded hotel is set among mature parkland with its own private 9 hole golf course, exciting award winning restaurant, fantastic spa facilities and complimentary leisure facilities for guests which include our swimming pool and gym. Situated just 30 minutes' drive from City of Derry Airport and less than two hours' drive from Belfast International Airport; the hotel is within easy reach of travellers' from across the world. From our tranquil setting on the shores of Lough Foyle, the Spa at The Redcastle Hotel wishes to provide a calm and restful place in which you will choose to spend some time. Whether your reason for visiting us is for healing, relaxation, beauty or pampering, we will take care of you. It offers the complete package to every guest. Unrivalled Location.. Situated just 30 minutes' drive from City of Derry Airport and less than two hours' drive from Belfast International Airport; the hotel is within easy reach of travellers' from across the world. Redcastle hotel is the perfect base for exploring Donegal's sandy beaches, rolling mountains and friendly towns and villages. Guests at the Redcastle Hotel can enjoy warmly appointed rooms, unrivalled location and a genuinely warm welcome Sitting just a short drive along the Lough Foyle coast from us is the pretty town of Moville. At its heart is the handsome Green, a large Victorian park on the seashore with bandstand, playgrounds, walking trails and coastal footpaths offering sweeping views across the lough to Co Londonderry opposite. For business meetings, large conferences or the social event of the season, the Redcastle Hotel Donegal is the perfect place to bring your plans to life. Book your event at one of Inishowen's finest and most impressive function hotels where we can host conferences for up to 350 guests. The people of Donegal have a special saying, 'Up here, it's different.' Come and see why at Redcastle Hotel Donegal.

    Address: Redcastle Hotel, Moville, Co. Donegal

    • Glenevin Waterfall - km
    • Inishowen - km
  • 0.48km to City/Town Centre

    Woodhill House

    Surrounded by beautiful tranquil countryside and well-kept gardens, this charming family-run country house offers comfortable accommodation, tasty fresh food and a traditional Irish welcome. Just a few minutes' walk from the very heart of Ardara, overlooking the beautiful Donegal Highlands, Woodhill House is surrounded by its own attractive grounds and has its own old walled garden. The house is just half a mile (0.8 km) from the sea and a quarter of a mile (0.4 km) from the centre of the coastal town of Ardara. This coastal manor house has a long and rich history, with some parts of the original building dating back to the 17th century. Today the hotel offers peace and quiet in a wonderful tranquil location, as well as a small bar with a real open fireplace and a good restaurant in the old house.

    Address: Wood Road, Ardara, Co. Donegal

    • The Forge - km
    • Donegal Bay Waterbus - km

Things to See & Do

Landmarks

  • Doe Castle
  • Glenveagh National Park
  • Slieve League
  • Donegal Adventure Centre & Surf School
  • Fanad Head
  • Bundoran Waterworld
  • Donegal Golf Club
  • Lough Derg
  • The Forge
  • Glenevin Waterfall
  • Donegal Bay Waterbus
  • Letterkenny Golf Club
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  • Inishowen
  • Port of Larne

Things to Do

  • Slieve League Cliffs: If you fancy a journey to the edge and back, then the Slieve League cliffs are a must see. Although less famous than the Cliffs of Moher, Slieve League's cliffs reach almost three times higher (601m), and are some of the highest and finest marine cliffs in Europe. A nearby visitor centre can provide you with information and history on the area, as well as local food and guided tours of the cliffs.

  • Glenveagh National Park: A perfect place to start your adventure in Donegal, Glenveagh is the second largest national park in Ireland, containing some 16,540 hectares of mountains, lakes, glens and woods, with the largest herd of red deer in the country. At the centre of the Park is Glenveagh Castle, a late 19th century castellated mansion, built at the edge of Lough Veagh. Tours of the castle and gardens are available, and maps are obtainable on site for exploring the more remote and beautiful areas of the park.

  • Grianán of Aileach: This spectacular stone hillfort on top of Greenan Mountain is steeped in history and has some spectacular views of Lough Foyle, Lough Swilly, and the entirety of the Inishowen peninsula. The stone fort is believed to have been constructed during the 8th or 9th century as the seat of the ancient Kingdom of Aileach. After centuries of neglect the stone fort, measuring 5m in height and approximately 4m in thickness, was restored in the 1870's and in 2001. Each year, a Summer Solstice Celebration is held at the fort to celebrate the longest day of the year.

  • Bundoran: The most southerly town in Donegal, and a popular seaside resort since the 18th century, Bundoran has become known as Ireland’s surfing capital in recent years. Local historical attractions include the Fairy Bridges and the Wishing Chair. There are plenty of other water sports and outdoor activities for the whole family, including angling, golfing and kayaking. Bundoran Adventure Park and Waterworld are also full of activities for kids and big kids alike. 

  • Malin Head: Malin Head is the most northerly point of the island of Ireland. Wild and breathtaking, it’s the perfect place to relax with a picnic, as the stunning scenery includes Inistrahull and Tory islands, and on a clear day you can see as far as Scotland. Other activities such as walking, fishing, swimming and bird watching are also popular here. If you are brave enough to travel there at night time you might even be lucky enough to catch a stellar display from the Northern Lights.

  • Doagh Famine Village: This outdoor museum tells the story of Irish life from the Great Famine to the present day. What makes Doagh Famine Village unique is the combination of informative story telling from passionate local guides and life size exhibits, which provides an informative, thought-provoking look at Irish life. Attractions include original thatched Irish cottages from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, an Eviction Scene, Orange Hall, Republican Safe House and Irish Wake Scene amongst others.

  • Fanad Head Lighthouse: Fanad Head Lighthouse, one of the world’s most beautiful lighthouses is located within the Donegal Gaeltacht on the Fanad peninsula. Join us in a tour while taking in the spectacular scenery, and exploring the wonderful natural world around us! Learn about the role of the lighthouse and the lives of the light-keepers in our visitor centre or enjoy a unique getaway staying in one of the lighthouse keeper's houses!

  • Errigal Mountain: One of Ireland’s most iconic mountains, Errigal Mountain rises 751m above the Donegal countryside, just east of Gweedore village. Well known for the pinky glow from its quartzite peak during a setting sun, this majestic mountain is one of Ireland’s most popular mountain walking routes. There are a number of trails and walking loops which are popular with walkers of all levels, possibly due to its compact nature at only 6km and 3.5 hrs to complete.