Enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities on Inishowen and Donegal. From a coastal walk to families looking for adventure or couples seeking outdoor pursuits, experience a host of exciting endeavours the length and breadth of the peninsula.
There are a wonderful selection of marked trails and pathways waiting to be explored. 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. Derry opposite.
There is a beautiful gentle walk along Lough Foyle shore, passing quiet secluded beaches, historic sites and elegant homes.
For the more adventurous, the cliff top trails at Fort Dunree or Malin Head offer spectacular views. The Fort Dunree Military Museum
houses a fascinating display of memorabilia, including large guns from the 20th century used to protect the Irish coast and navies during the first and second World Wars.Perched on the cliffs overlooking Lough Swilly, the area is home to an abundance of wildlife and birds.
Grianán of Aileach
is most likely the most well-known monument on Inishowen. The megalithic stone fort is dated back to 1700BC and was originally built by the Tuatha de Danann who invaded Ireland before the Celts. Later the site became the hilltop fortress of the McLaughlin and O’Neill Kings of Ulster before being destroyed by Murtough O’Brien in 1101AD. Although heavily restored, the imposing structure invokes a connection to the past and is a must on any itinerary.
Glenveagh National Park and Castle
covers 14,000 hectares of loughs, glens and woods and encompasses two of the largest mountains in Donegal, Errigal and Slieve Snacht. The park includes an excellent visitors centre with audio-visual show that tells its fascinating history. You can only go inside the castle as part of a guided tour but the guides are excellent. Outside, the formal gardens are in stark contrast to the rugged mountainous surroundings.
The peninsula is criss-crossed with safe and scenic cycle paths. If you enjoy a challenging climb visit Mamore Gap or follow the shoreline trails for a more leisurely pace.
The region is a Mecca for anglers. Around our shores mullet, pollock and flounder are in abundance or the rivers are well stocked with salmon and brown trout. Do it differently and try deep sea angling for shark and blue fin tuna.
The Atlantic Ocean pounds the northwest Irish shores giving the area a worldwide reputation as a top surfing destination. The beaches of Bundoran
offer some of the best surfing anywhere in Europe with a range of swells suitable for beginners, intermediates and experienced surfers. In the town there are a number of equipment hire shops and surf schools.
Explore Ireland’s north coast aboard the ‘Amazing Grace’. Travel in luxury around our many ports, and enjoy a truly unique experience of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The Yacht comfortably sleeps 9 passengers, and you have the option of staying overnight on board, or in one of the many fine hotels around the county.
Breath taking scenery, exhilarating trails and the great outdoors – there is no better place for horse riding than Donegal. From first timers looking to learn the basics to more experienced riders, the local riding schools offer options for everyone.
Our reception team would be delighted to offer you some suggestions but wherever you go, the captivating landscape and wildlife is all around.