Things to See & Do whilst in Donegal
We will be delighted to welcome you to our beautiful county & excited to tell you about the wonderful things to see & do whilst you are here.
Detailed information & pictures on the following sites, places & coastal drives can be found at www.govisitdonegal.com/
The Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way is an incredible route around the West-coast of Ireland starting in county Cork and traveling up to Donegal, where Mount Errigal hotel is located.
Experience one of the most enchanting and charming coastal routes, regardless of where you begin your journey along the Wild Atlantic Way.
You can choose to start your journey from Mount Errigal hotel in Donegal, or perhaps you'd prefer to end your journey with a relaxing stay and a meal in our restaurant.
Beaches & Blue Flag Beaches!
If we get the weather in Donegal, there is nowhere more beautiful, even if we don’t, wrap up warm & soak in the fresh sea air.
Nearest beach to hotel is Rathmullan Beach. Donegal's 1235KMs of coastline boast thirteen beautiful Blue Flag beaches. To be given Blue Flag status a beach must have a high standard in water quality, environmental management, environmental education and information, and safety and services.
For more information, visit http://www.govisitdonegal.com/do/blueflag-beaches
Dunlewey Centre (Family Fun & Beautiful Scenery)
Just a 30 minute drive from the Mount Errigal Hotel is the Dunlewey Centre, situated on the shores of Dunlewey Lough, below the majestic Mount Errigal and close to the haunting Poison Glen.
When staying in Donegal, a visit to this beautiful area is a must, not just for the stunning scenery, but for the excellent facilities available for families at the Dunlewey Centre. There is enough to make a full day of memories at Dunlewey Centre.
- Guided Boat Trips on the Lake
- Pony & Trap
- Adventure Playgrounds
- Pedolos on the Pond
- Pets & Farm Animals
- Story Telling
- Lakeside walks
- Guided tours of the restored house and farm
- Weaving demonstrations
- Traditional Music
- Go Gart Tracks
- Train Ride around the lake.
The Mount Errigal Hotel residents can enjoy discount on presentation of their room key.
Glenveagh National Park & Gardens
Again, just a short 30 minute drive from the Mount Errigal Hotel, Glenveagh National Park is one of six national parks in Ireland, encompassing some 16,000 acres in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains.
Glenveagh National Park is open all year round.
Castle, Visitor Centre and Gardens open every day apart from Good Friday and the Christmas period.
Glenveagh Visitor Centre
The Glenveagh Visitor Centre is located on the northern end of Lough Veagh, near the edge of the National Park. Its award-winning design incorporates a living heather roof mimicking the surrounding landscape causing minimum disturbance. The extensive displays contained within provide an introduction to the parks natural and built history as well as providing information on walking trails, events etc. Guides on duty will also be happy to provide visitors with information about the park and surrounding area as well as tickets for the park buses.
The visitor centre provides the following facilities:
- Tourist Information
- Car Parking
- Audio Visual Displays
- Bus Tickets
- Baby changing facilities
- Restaurant (Open at Easter and then June to September only)
Glenveagh Castle is a 19th century castellated mansion and was built between 1867 and 1873. Its construction in a remote mountain setting was inspired by the Victorian idyll of a romantic highland retreat. It was designed by John Townsend Trench, a cousin of its builder and first owner, John George Adair, with whom he had been raised in Co. Laois. The designer appears to have imitated the style of earlier Irish Tower-houses adding an air of antiquity to the castle. The building stone chose was granite, plentiful in Donegal but difficult to work and allowing for little detail. The forbidding architecture of the castle is quickly forgotten amidst the varied comforts within. Henry McIlhenny, the last owner of the castle, served the Philadelphia Museum of Art as Curator of Decorative Arts and his expertise in this field is evident throughout the castle. Through time, each room acquired a different character, some roughly in keeping with the period of the house, others freely inventive. Few of the great houses of Ireland are preserved in this condition, with their original furnishings, and in Glenveagh Castle one catches a glimpse of a lifestyle belonging to an earlier age. Access to the castle is by guided tour which last approx. 30 mins.
Glenveagh Castle Tearooms
The tearoom is located in the castle courtyard and open daily from 11am to 5.30pm. Serving delicious homebaked scones, cakes, breads, soups and sandwiches, it is the prefect place to relax and take a break during your visit to the beautiful gardens or after your tour of the castle.
Lurgy Brack Fun Farm
Another great, educational & fun family day out, within a 5 minute drive from hotel.
Lurgybrack is a special place where all the family can spend the day together seeing animals and having fun. The centuries old farm building is home to range friendly farm animals that children can come face to face with. There is ample space to play safely, wander by the riverside, walk or just sit back and relax unwind with a snack from our tea room or have your own family picnic.
Doagh Irish Famine Village
A little bit further from the hotel, but certainly worth the drive of 50 minutes.
When you arrive, you will be lead into a traditional, thatch cottage to enjoy tea & irish soda bread while you await on your guided tour to begin.
Doagh Famine Village tells the story of a Donegal family and community living on the edge of Donegal and surviving from Famine times right up to the present day. A visit here also helps explain the road to peace in Northern Ireland, Ireland in the Celtic Tiger years and the current economic collapse. Doagh Famine Village contains a wide selection of actual size attractions, including some original dwellings which were still inhabited up to 20 years ago. In fact, the centre has been built around the home of the owner who lived here with his family until 1983. Some of the Famine Villages buildings such as the Orange Hall, Presbyterian Meeting House, Mass Rock and Hedge School and a Republican Safe House depict the diverse history and culture of this corner of the Inishowen peninsula.
Letterkenny Craft & Design Studio
If you are heading into the town centre, on your way, you MUST visit this place, its literally around the corner from the and on the way to the town centre, you can walk to it in 7/8 minutes.
The Letterkenny Craft and Design Studio was officially opened in October 2012 and its aim is to promote the best arts, crafts and produce that Donegal and Ireland has to offer.
The craftspeople and artists showing their work at the studio come from all over Donegal – from Culdaff to Kilcar. There are also some participants from Derry and the neighbouring counties. The work on display is also quite varied, from knitwear to pottery, driftwood to jewellery, sculpture to miniatures, stained glass to soaps, christening robes to accessories, wood turning and more.
Within the studio, is a delightful Coffee shop called ‘Moonshine’, we recommend their homebaked sweet treat that go along with great tasting Coffee.
Monday to Saturday from 10am until 5.30pm.
Within a short drive we have Letterkenny Town Park & Ballymacool Town Park.
Children’s play areas, public toilets, sculpture trail, picnic areas, seating and walking trails. For more information, please ask reception.
Donegal is the Links Golf Capital of Ireland.
With five of the Country's finest Championship courses, Mount Errigal Hotel is the perfect base to explore, planning a golfing holiday has never been easier.