There are a wide variety of things to do and see while enjoying your stay with us at the Harbour Inn Buncrana. Below is a list of just a few local attractions to get you started. More information can be picked up from our reception desk.
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 Buncrana Golf Club
The Northwest Golf Club was founded in 1890 and is directly opposite The Harbour Inn. Guests of the hotel can benefit from a discounted price. The Northwest is an exceptional winter course, with greens and fairways, kept in excellent condition and 18 spectacular holes. More information available at North West Golf Club 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. Home to the 2018 "Dubai Duty Free Irish Open". Ballyliffin Golf Course
Wild Alpaca Way
Explore the hills of Donegal with your very own Alpaca! Take in the outstanding views of Malin Head and the Isle of Doagh on this fun trial. Perfect for all of the family. Bookings available - Wild Alpaca Way
Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, Wild Ireland is one of the newest attractions in the North West of Ireland. Open 7 days a week it is a much enjoyed family day out to see many animals including bears, lynx, wolves and monkeys. Situated only 15 minutes from the hotel. For Bookings - Wild Ireland
The Inishowen 100 scenic drive is also the perfect cycle route. It has a sign posted trail with the most specatcular views of the pennisula. The route passes most of the tourist attractions and places of interest from hiking, golf to fishing and from the outstanding beaches to dolphin watching at Malin Head.
Walking & Climbing
The lonely rugged hills, hidden glens and miles of trails that surround Inishowen are a must for the walker. For those seeking less challenging rambles we recommend the 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, Inch Wildfowl Reserve where you can enjoy a nice peaceful walk which has many lookout points to catch a glimpse of the unique birds that reside there. For more advanced walkers/hikers we recommend the Urris Lakes Loop or Slieve Snaght (The highest mountain in Inishowen). All of which are an easy acccessible drive from the hotel.
Enjoy a horse riding break tailor-made to suit your skill level. Crana Stables offer various equestrian services, from horse riding lessons, pony camps and beach rides. Visit Crana Stables for quotations
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: Inishowen Surf School
Inish Adventures offer a variety of water and land based activities. Primarily based in Moville, 25 minute drive from Buncrana, where they offer a wonderful experience exploring from kayaking, surfing, sailing and their inflatable water sports obstacle course. A truely amazing family day out!
Inish Adventures also offer kayaking in nearby Dunree, where you can explore the beautiful waters of Lough Swilly.
For more information on activites, prices and bookings please visit: Inish Adventures
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. For more information: Fishing in Buncrana
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, Doagh Famine Village
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 home 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. Glenveagh National Park
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. Fort Dunree
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. Inishowen 100 Route
Located in West Donegal, between the Wild Atlantic Coast and Errigal Mountain, this distillery is Donegal’s first functioning licensed whiskey distillery in 180 years. Enjoy their craft whiskeys and inspiring stories with family and friends. Crolly Distillery Website
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. The Giant"s Causeway
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. Bushmills
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. Game of Thrones
The Harbour Inn Derry Road Ludden Buncrana Co. Donegal F93 V57X
The Harbour Inn Hotel Donegal is beautifully located in Buncrana on the hillside overlooking the sandy beaches of Lough Swilly on the Inishowen peninsula, an area of outstanding beauty with all the natural landscape Co. Donegal has to offer.
The Harbour Inn is perfect for a family getaway or short break with plenty to do for all, located at the start of the Inishowen 100 - a scenic and unforgettable drive round the peninsula at the most northern point of Ireland.
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