Hotels in Donegal
With its stunning beaches, picturesque harbour, bustling town square and breathtaking natural beauty, Donegal is a fine place to take bracing cliff top walks, relax in friendly pubs and wander through quaint streets. On the other hand, you could just as easily find yourself white-water kayaking, cantering on horseback down a sandy beach or learning how to catch your first wave during a surfing lesson. Book a stay at one of the Donegal hotels listed here on the site and you can be sure an unforgetSEOSITE_LEVEL_DESCRIPTION time awaits.
Life in the area focuses on the water as a result of Donegal town's strategic location on the banks of the River Eske, at the mouth of Donegal Bay. Take a walk along the quayside or hitch a ride on the Donegal Bay Waterbus to get a different view of the town. The 160-seater boat will also take you to Seal Island and provides the perfect platform to take in gorgeous views of the Bluestack Mountains that frame the town.
A short distance to the north-east of Donegal town lies Lough Eske, where you'll find an abundance of flora and fauna. Start at Lough Eske Castle and enjoy a peaceful walk around the water. To look around one of the area's historic monuments, head for the 15th-century Donegal Castle where guided tours are available once an hour.
Other sites of historic interest include the Diamond Obelisk, which stands in the middle of Donegal's central pedestrianised plaza. The monument is there to honour a group of monks who wrote the Annals of the Four Masters in the 17th century.
There's plenty going on in the town of Donegal right through the year. Donegal Food Festival in August is a celebration of some of the finest food and drink to be found throughout the country, while June's Wild Atlantic Way Walking Week helps to showcase Donegal as the perfect walking destination. Donegal Town Summer Festival in July is a real family affair with plenty of live entertainment and fun activities.
Near Donegal town
Visitors will find no shortage of attractions and sights in the surrounding area too. Consider following the Wild Atlantic Way, a tourist route that takes in some of the best sights in the area, including the impressive Sliabh Liag Cliffs which lie to the west of the town.
Donegal Golf Club on the Murvagh peninsula is roughly a 20-minute drive away. It offers a superb 18-hole links course with outstanding views out across the Atlantic on a clear day.
Eating and drinking
Steak, seafood and stone-baked pizza are the specialities at The Harbour restaurant on Quay Street, while traditional Indian dishes, all cooked to order, fill the menu at Chandpur Indian Restaurant.
Market House Restaurant at The Abbey Hotel has a reputation for great seafood, as well as beef, lamb and pork, all raised within a few miles of the town. The Village Tavern in nearby Mountcharles is the place to go for a fantastic selection of craft ale and the freshest seafood.
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