Donegal Attractions & Activities

Letterkenny provides a brilliant backdrop for the activities and attractions our county has to offer. Golfers need not go far to find a green, walkers will be spoilt for choice and history lovers can get stuck in to the selection of museums and historic monuments. The Letterkenny town park is less than 2 miles from Pennsyvania House.

 

Beautiful beaches.

All within short driving distances we have some of Irelands most beautiful beaches. Including Portsalon, Culaduff, Rathmullen, Rossnowlagh, Fintra, Knockalla and Marblehill.

Award winning golf courses

Donegal is home to a number of the Countrys top championship golf courses, all within close proximity to Pennsylvania Bed & Breakfast. Click on the links below to find out more.

Portsalon golf course

Ballyliffin Golf Club 

Buncranna Golf Club

Dunfanaghy Golf Club

 

 

Historical attractions

Ards forest park 

Ards Forest Park is probably the most beautiful and varied of Ireland’s forest parks. It is 480 hectares in extent and contains a large diversity of plant and wildlife forms. Sandy beaches, rivers, viewing points, nature walks, picnic and play areas. Hours can be spent here in complete relaxation, be it on the many nature walks or on its golden beaches. It is a place for everyone to get away for a while. Click on the name above to find out more

Doe Castle

Doe Castle situated in Sheephaven Bay, a spectacular location on the waterline near Creeslough, Co. Donegal. Click on the name above to find out more.

Fort Dunree military Museum  

Fort Dunree in Irish means, “Fort of the Heather” and indicates that this site has been an important defensive site down through history. Today however, its stunning natural beauty and abundant wildlife are drawing increasing numbers of visitors to one of Inishowen’s most beautiful and peaceful locations. It is a must see for every visitor to the Inishowen and peninsula and its surrounding areas. Click on the name above to find more information.

Glenveagh national park 

Glenveagh National Park is a remote and hauntingly beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains, pristine lakes, tumbling waterfalls and enchanted native oak woodland in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in the north west of County Donegal.

At the centre of the Park on the edge of Lough Veagh is Glenveagh Castle, a late 19th century castellated mansion, built as a hunting lodge. Click on the name above for more information.

 Famine Folk Village

The Folk Village Museum is a cluster of several small cottages, called a ‘clachan’, perched on a hillside overlooking the sandy curve of Glen Bay Beach in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) of South West Donegal. Designed, built and maintained by the local people, the Folk Village is one of Ireland’s best living-history museums. Click on the name above for more information.

Malin Head. Ireland most Northernly Point

Malin Head is renowned for its rugged coastal landscape and attractive beaches. The area is steeped in history and folklore. Malin Head is an area for all tastes, including walking, fishing, swimming, photography, studying rock formations or rare flora. Discover some of the largest sand dunes in Europe once you enter the Malin Head area via the coastal road. Click on the name above for more information.

Sliabh Leauge – Europes highest sea cliffs 

Don’t miss your opportunity to visit one of Ireland’s best kept secrets and a signature point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Located in south west Donegal. A visit to the cliffs and the surrounding region is a must. Experience the local culture, heritage and people of Donegal against the backdrop of our spectacular and rugged coastline. Click on the link above for more information.

Sliabh League - Pennsylvania House, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

 

The Dunfanaghy Workhouse

The Dunfanaghy Workhouse was a traditional Workhouse offering respite for the poor from 1845 to 1922.  It was opened on the 15th July 1995 by Mary Robinson as a heritage centre. It has proved extremely popular with tourists over recent years. You can read more about it here  

 

Fanad Lighthouse

Fanad Head Lighthouse is situated on the northern coast of the Fanad Peninsula in North Donegal, it is a signature discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way. The light is 39 metres above sea level and there are 79 steps in the tower. There tours offer a fantastic insight into the rich and vibrant history of Fanad Lighthouse and the beautiful Fanad Peninsula.

 

The Tory Island Ferry

Turasmara will take you from the picturesque harbours of Bunbeg to Tory Island on board Tormar, a costal cruiser built in 1992. Travel in safety & comfort to experience the beautiful North West Donegal Coastline. Find more information HERE 

 

Donegal Bay Waterbus

Enjoy the sights of beautiful Donegal Bay, The Islands and the Seal Colony. Comfortable lounge seating modern vessel with a fully stocked bar & live music. The perfect way to experience Donegal bay. Find more information HERE

Arranmore Car & Passenger Ferries.

Visit Donegals Jewel of the Atlantic. Savor the beautiful and untamed landscape, gaelic culture, quiet country roads with abundant wildlife, turf fires, and lively pubs.

 

Lifford Old Courthouse

Donegals must-see jail attraction. Fun, informative and unlike anything you’ve seen before, This is a guided tour with a difference. Click here for more information

 

Walking routes in Donegal

Click here for a complete list of walking routes in Donegal. 

 

 

Mount Errigal

Errigal is a 751-metre mountain in County Donegal.  It is the tallest peak in County Donegal. Errigal is also the most southern, steepest and highest of the mountain chain, called the “Seven Sisters” by locals. The Seven Sisters includes MuckishCrocknalaragaghAghla BegArdloughnabrackbaddyAghla MoreMackoght and Errigal.

The mountain is most often climbed from the carpark off the R251 road. The route initially starts off by crossing heavily eroded and boggy land towards a visible track through the shiny scree from where the ascent proper starts. After reaching the summit, people usually walk the short but exposed walk along ‘One Man’s Pass’ which leads across to the second and lower of the twin summits. No special equipment is needed to climb the mountain, but caution is advised.

 

Northern Ireland Attractions

Northern Ireland has many tourist attractions which are all under a 2 hour drive from Bed & Breakfast in Letterkenny. We have gathered some information for you below on a small number of places of interest.

Derry Walls

A walk around the walls in Derry~Londonderry reveals a splendid city crammed full of history, heritage, interest and a vibrant cultural scene.

This is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe. The Walls were built during the period 1613-1618 by the honourable, the Irish Society as defences for early seventeenth century settlers from England and Scotland.

Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast is a visitor attraction and a monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city’s Titanic Quarter where the RMS Titanic was built. It tells the stories of the ill-fated Titanic, which hit an iceberg and sank during her maiden voyage in 1912, and her sister ships RMS Olympic and HMHS Britannic. The building contains more than 12,000 square metres (130,000 sq ft) of floor space, most of which is occupied by a series of galleries, plus private function rooms and community facilities.

The Giants Causeway

For centuries countless visitors have marvelled at the majesty and mystery of the Giants Causeway. At the heart of one of Europe’s most magnificent coastlines its unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of Atlantic storms. The rugged symmetry of the columns never fails to intrigue and inspire our visitors. To stroll on the Giants Causeway is to voyage back in time.

Bushmills Distillery

 

In the small village of Bushmills, settled on the banks of the river you’ll find the oldest working distillery in Ireland. A place where family and friends have worked for generations, in a small Northern Irish village that for over 400 years has kept to the philosophy that hand crafting small batches is the way to produce beautifully smooth tasting Irish whiskey.

 

Carrick-a-reed rope bridge

Suspended almost 100 ft (30 m) above sea level, the rope bridge was first erected by salmon fisherman 350 years ago.

In 2016 Carrick-a-Rede welcomed the highest number of visitors ever to this exhilarating rope bridge experience.

 

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle is a now-ruined medieval castle in Northern Ireland. It is located on the edge of a basalt outcropping in County Antrim, and is accessible via a bridge connecting it to the mainland. The castle is surrounded by extremely steep drops on either side, which may have been an important factor to the early Christians and Vikings who were drawn to this place where an early Irish fort once stood.

Eating out in Letterkenny.

Letterkenny is home to many beautiful and top quality restaurants. With a variety of cuisines to choose from. Find out more by visiting: http://www.justeat.ie .