Ballyliffin Hotel

SEE & DO

GOLD-DIVIDER
  • EVENTS
  • WATERSPORTS & ACTIVITIES
  • FAMILY
  • SCENIC WALKS
  • SCENIC DRIVES
  • ARTS & CRAFTS
  • HERITAGE
  • MUST SEE
festival

CLONMANY FESTIVAL

This is Irelands longest running and best known family festival and is situated in the beautiful village of Clonmany each August.

 The festival has something to offer everyone and is an event which you will find yourself returning to again and again.

coastal-challenge

BALLYLIFFIN INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CHALLENGE

Experience one of the most beautiful routes imaginable.

This event is held each Easter against the backdrop of the Isle of Doagh, Lagg, Malin and Glashedy Island finishing up on the scenic Pollan Beach.

seamus-grant

SEAMUS GRANT WEEKEND

The weekend aims to honor the memory of Seamus Grant – who was a notable local musician, by celebrating the local music, tradition and culture of Clonmany.

Takes place in venues around Clonmany and Ballyliffin each October.

singers

INISHOWEN INTERNATIONAL FOLK SONG & BALLAD SEMINAR

This four day festival of traditional singing featuring performances, sessions, workshops and lectures takes place each March in the villages of Ballyliffin, Dumfries and Clonmany.

clonmany-show

CLONMANY AGRICULTURAL SHOW

Each August the show attracts thousands of visitors from across Ireland and the UK from farmers to young families.

 It showcases local produce, arts & crafts, fashion, kids entertainment, horse jumping and dancing competitions.

disappear

DISAPPEAR HERE FILM FESTIVAL

The Disappear Here Film Festival takes place in Ballyliffin each September. From short animated films for kids, to scary midnight movies for the young at heart – enjoy an utterly unmissable and unforgettable weekend.

surfing

SURFING

Donegal is fast becoming one of Europe’s top surfing destinations with its powerful Atlantic breakers. Sturdy, well planned jetties, marinas and slipways give easy access for boating, windsurfing and waterskiing. 

Pollan Bay is renowned for it forceful surf and is one of the top 10 surfs to be experienced in Ireland.

fishing

FISHING/ANGLING

With expert fishing centers and a host of highly equipped and dedicated charter boats, this region has become a Mecca for anglers from all over the world.

Deep sea angling is renowned for its quality and variety especially shark and blue fin tuna. Shore fishing for mullet, pollock and flounder and fresh water river fishing for salmon and brown trout, remain as popular as ever.

marina

SAILING

With a host of small fishing ports and marinas dotted throughout the northwest, it an ideal location for leisure sailing. 

Fahan Marina, a modern facility located on Lough Swilly approx. 5km south of Buncrana, is the main docking point with a capacity for 400 yachts of various sizes.

diving

DIVING

Inishowen has been a mecca for divers for many years as it is surrounded by many wrecks including the famous La Trinidad Valencera of the Spanish Armada, which foundered in 1588.

The Laurentic which lies in Lough Swilly and sunk carrying fountune of golf to repay British War Debts.

corncrake

WILDLIFE

Inishowen is recognized internationally as a Wildlife Conservation Map especially Burt, Inch Island, Trawbreaga Bay, Lough Swilly and Lough Foyle. 

Thousands of species, including in illusive Corncrake can be observed and photographed in the region. Numerous wildlife groups visit regularly and organised tours can be arranged lead by qualified Wildlife Guides.

horse-riding

HORSE RIDING

Tullagh Bay Equestrian Center caters for all the family, from beginners to experts, with both indoor and outdoor arenas. 

Situated near Tullagh Beach and the rolling Urris Hills they offer some great treks and ride outs. 

famine-village

DOAGH ISLAND

A famine village and typical dwellings depicting that time in Ireland.

Sod or turf houses are displayed and story telling about times gone by is part of this popular tourist attraction. Tea room available.

lapland

DONEGAL'S LAPLAND

Putting smiles on faces since 1999! Christmas in Donegal can be a magical and fun-filled experience, especially if you visit Santa’s Island at Donegal’s very own Lapland.

The longest running and most popular Christmas show in Donegal and you do really have to pass the North Pole to get here, we kid you not!

waterfall

GLENEVIN WATERFALL PARK

A short, but exceptionally rewarding walk through a wooded stream valley. Along the way there are a number of picnic areas and vantage pionts with stunning views of the surrounding coast and countryside.

The walk ends at Glenevin Waterfall which is one of Inishowen’s most spectacular natural attractions.

maritime

INISHOWEN MARITIME MUSEUM & PLANETARIUM

The Museum is located in the old Coastguard Station at Greencastle Harbour. Its exhibits include boats from 6ft. to 50ft, the Armada room, and items of memorabilia and photographs of the treasures at this attraction.

There is also a new state of the art Planetarium, with explorations of the universe and a spectacular star show.

leisureland

LEISURELAND REDCASTLE

Indoor heated amusement centre Leisureland Adventure Play System and carousel with many special features, designed to entertain children from toddlers to teens.

View/Download the Trails Guide Brochure

2006_0726Pollansunset0042

POLLAN BEACH WALKWAY

A beautiful walk way has been created over the past number years to allow people to enjoy a scenic walk through the dunes at Pollan Beach.

The walkway offers easy walking for all ages with unbeatable views of the Atlantic Ocean, the golf courses and Pollan Beach. Strongly recommended for all visitors to the area and perfect for a morning jog.

Hiking-in-Urris-2-1024x683

URRIS LAKES LOOP

A long steep incline to the Gap in the Urris Hills – take it in small stages, it is worth the climb.

For the more adventurous walker there are paths in the Gap which lead to spectacular hill walks along the ridges of the Urris Hills.

waterfall

GLENEVIN WATERFALL WALK

Short but exceptionally rewarding walk through a wooded stream valley. The walk ends at Glenevin Waterfall which is one of Inishowen’s most spectacular attractions.

The walk is virtually level and follows well prepared and maintained gravel paths. Picnic areas along the route

FanadLighthouse

INISHOWEN HEAD LOOP

This spectacular walk follows a route through some of Donegal’s most impressive coastal scenery.

Within a relatively short distance from the trail head the walker is in remote country with wonderful views (including Scotland).

dunree

DUNREE FORT

Three signposted walks around the former military fort complex at Fort Dunree Military museum. Ranging from an easy walk along the cliff tops to a more strenuous climb up steep steps to the summit of the hill.

Information panels, picnic areas and timber shelters dotted along walks.

INCH WILDFOWL RESERVE

A purpose built walking trail through Inch Wildfowl Reserve. The route follows in part an old railway embankment.

BENDS

INISHOWEN 100

The Inishowen 100 Scenic Drive is a 100 mile (160 km) signposted scenic driving route around the stunning Inishowen Peninsula.

The route passes most of the top tourist attractions and places of interest on the peninsula and there are great things to do at every turn from hiking to cycling, golf to fishing and from blue flag beaches to whale watching and basking shark trips.

FANAD-LIGHTHOUSE1

WILD ATLANTIC WAY

From the wind-whipped tip of Malin Head to the safe haven of Kinsale Harbour, wrap yourself in the wilderness of the west coast of Ireland on the world’s longest defined coastal touring route.

The Wild Atlantic Way is a sensational journey of soaring cliffs and buzzing towns and cities, of hidden beaches and epic bays. So whether you drive it from end-to-end, or dip into it as the mood strikes, it’s going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Glendowen-Craft-Studio-Clonmany

GLENDOWEN CRAFT STUDIO

Hand crafted Donegal Tweed garments. Each garment designed and hand crocheted in the work studio.

The shop also stocks a range of local and Irish crafts.

moville-pottery-28

MOVILLE POTTERY

Pottery workshop and shop displaying a beautiful and unique collection.

Visitors can join in and make their own piece of pottery which they can take home as a memento of their visit.

Sharon

SILVER BIRCH GALLERY

Award- winning artist Sharon McDaid, works primarily in oil on canvas and is now regarded as an emerging talent in Irish contemporary painting.

Sharon exhibits from her Silver Birch Gallery/Studio in Carndonagh.

INISHOWEN BOGWOOD SCULPTURES

Pieces of ancient bogwood, dating back thousands of years, which were recovered during turf cutting have been restored and preserved as unique art pieces. Gallery and shop located outside Culdaff village.

PAINTING & PHOTOGRAPHY

Ballyliffin and Inishowen offer artists & photographers stunning sea and landscapes to capture.

It is a favourite location for many acclaimed artists all year round because of its ever changing light, textures and tones.

dunree

DUNREE FORT

The museum houses a fascinating display of military memorabilia and artifacts as well as an array of large guns from the 20th century. There is a state of the art audio visual and interactive display area and Tea room is available.
granian

AN GRIANAN FORT

The ancient stone fort was the hilltop fortress of the Mc Laughlin and O’Neill Kings of Ulster before it was destroyed by Murtough O’Brien in 1101 A.D.

Although, heavily restored, there are no doubts as to the antiquity of the site as it is one of only five Irish locations marked on Ptolemy of Alexandria’s 2nd century map of the world.

glenveagh

GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK & CASTLE

The Parkland has 14,000 hectares of lakes, glens and woods and includes two of the largest mountains in Donegal, Errigal and Slieve Snacht.

The castle built in 1870 has a four storey keep. Tearooms serve morning and afternoon teas.

GIANTS CAUSEWAY

This magnificent site is renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt a result of a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago.

It is the focal point of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has attracted millions of visitors from all over the world.

derry-walls

DERRY CITY WALLS

The only remaining walled City in Ireland, Derry is steeped in history and culture. The famous walls which date back to the early part of the seventeenth century have withstood several sieges, the most famous lasting 105 days.

The walls encircle the old City and tours are available daily.

BUSHMILLS DISTILLERY

Dating back to 1608, this is one of the World’s oldest distilleries. Visit this beautiful building and experience the craft and skill of making Irish Single Malt Whiskey.

Learn about the secret of special water from St. Columb’s Rill, the malted Irish barley, triple distillation in copper stills and aging for long years in oak casks.

NORTHERN-LIGHTS

NORTHERN LIGHTS

Pollan Beach, Ballyliffin and Carrickabraghy Castle, Isle of Doagh are among some of the best places in Ireland to view the Northern Lights – as they have very little light pollution.

The best times of the year to view the lights are from October to late April. Other good coastal locations to view them in Inishowen are Malin Head, Dunaff Head, Isle of Doagh, and Mamore Gap.

STAR-WARS

STAR WARS

Malin Head is at the very tip of the Inishowen Peninsula, Ireland’s most northerly point.

As part of the Last Jedi (Disney 2017) – the Millennium Falcon was built at this Star Wars film location forming part of the “Planet Ahch-to.”

It’s a must see on your visit to Inishowen!

Close Menu