Things To See & Do
There are a wide variety of things to do and see while enjoying your stay at the Harbour Inn Buncrana, here is a list of just a few get you started, more information is available locally or from reception.
Buncrana Golf Course
, A secret delight and one of the lesser known golf clubs in the area, Buncrana Golf Club is a superb seaside 9-hole links course, offering superb views all around. The course is situated overlooking the beautiful 'White Strand' on the shores of the Lough Swilly and offers a challenging round of golf to players of all handicaps.
The Buncrana Golf Club is the oldest 9-hole links course in Ireland and is maintained to the highest standard. There is always a friendly welcome for new members and visitors alike. More information available at www.buncranagolfclub.com
The Northwest Golf Club
was founded in 1890 and is situated 3 miles from Buncrana, 15km from Derry. The Northwest is an exceptional winter course, with greens and fairways, kept in excellent condition and 18 spectacular holes. More information available at www.northwestgolfclub.com
Ballyliffin Golf Club
is one of the finest golf resorts to be found anywhere in Ireland. With its two contrasting links courses and 36 wonderful holes it is designed to test your skills to the limit in spectacular surroundings. www.ballyliffingolfclub.com
Get away from the noise and stress of everyday life and escape to the open and peaceful country roads that surround Buncrana. Mary Kelly from Pedal Right can provide you with everything you need to have a great day in the saddle. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information: North Pole Cycling
Walking & Climbing
The lonely rugged hills, hidden glens and miles of trails that surround Buncrana are a must for the walker. For those seeking less challenging rambles we recommend the incomparable shore path starting at Buncrana Castle and following the coast for a little over a mile and a half to the shore of Stragill strand. For nature lovers, Swan Park, a little way north of the town, provides a peaceful setting for scenic walks and family picnics. Other local walks include those at Dunree and Inch Wildlife Reserve.
Enjoy a horse riding break tailor-made to suit your skill level. Go for a gentle trot on the beach or break out to cross-country runs. Breathtaking scenery, exhilarating rides and trails and the great outdoors – there is no better feeling than going horse riding around Buncrana. More Information:
Blue Flag Beaches
Buncrana has some of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland. From secluded, private coves, to long family-perfect strands and Blue Flag beaches. Nothing rejuvenates the mind and body better than a stroll along a sandy beach enjoying the roar of the breakers crashing on the shore.
Inishowen has some of the most consistent waves in Ireland due to its exposure to South West, West and Northerly/North easterly swells. Its long stretches of golden, sandy beaches make for safe conditions for beginners. More Information: www.inishowensurfschool.com
Other Water Activities
Whether your thing is a leisurely sail out on the Lough Swilly, a deep-sea dive for hidden treasure, kayaking in the open sea or a white water experience you wont be disappointed. Great facilities, experienced qualified instructors and the chance to try your hand at a new water sport, makes Buncrana the perfect choice for an all-action activity break.
The Buncrana Angling Association controls the Crana River and Fullerton reservoir. The Crana River is a 12km long spate river which tends to fish late with good runs of grilse and sea trout during July. Fullerton reservoir is 400 acres in size and has a large population of both wild and stocked brown trout. The Mill River is also ideal for trout fishing. For more information: www.buncranaangling.ie
There is endless amounts of things to do and see in Buncrana, full details of the activities listed above and more are available at Visit Buncrana - www.visitbuncrana.com
Doagh Famine Village
This outdoor museum tells the story of life in this area back to the Famine in the 1940s. The Centre is designed not to divide on religious grounds but to show a view of past Irish history.Feel free to browse at your leisure and take photographs. www.doaghfaminevillage.com
Glenveagh National Park
Glenveagh National Park is one of six national parks in Ireland. Situated in the Northwest of Co. Donegal, Glenveagh encompasses some 16,000 acres in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Such a great wilderness is the haunt of many interesting plants and animals. These lands were managed as a private deer forest before becoming a national park in 1975. With the completion of public facilities Glenveagh National Park was officially opened to the public in 1986. Full details are available by clicking here.
Fort Dunree, Dun Fhraoigh 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. Full details are available by clicking here.
The Inishowen 100 gets its name from the approximate distance in miles of the signposted drive, which officially starts in Bridgend on the Inishowen Peninsula. It is the perfect drive to see all on offer around the peninsula including the 5km sandy beach in Buncrana (opposite the Inn), the ruins of Buncrana Castle, Malin Head - Irelands most northernly point and interesting villages such as Ballyliffin,Carndonagh, Culduff and Redcastle. Further details are available by clicking here.
Only 1 hours drive from the Inn is Northern Ireland's iconic World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, home to a wealth of local history and legend. Explore the basalt stone columns left by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago and search for distinctive stone formations fancifully named the Camel, Harp and Organ. Full details available by clicking here.
The "Old Bushmills" Distillery is the world's Oldest Licensed Whisky Distillery and has been legally producing Irish Malt Whisky since 1608 when Sir Thomas Phillips was empowered to issue licenses by King James I. Although as early as the 13th century, there is mention of Uisce Beatha - The Water Of Life in Gaelic. Daily guided tours illustrate how the golden liquid is produced , and after there's the opportunity to sample. Full details are available by clicking here.
Game Of Thrones Tours
The epic HBO series is filmed in stunningly beautiful places, most of which are remote and hard to find. They trek you deep into old growth forests, along wild sea cliffs, across rocky beaches, into caves and crumbling medieval ruins. Go all the way, to the real Westeros.www.gameofthronestours.com