Letterkenny is the largest town in Co. Donegal and is situated on a hillside by the River Swilly.
Letterkennys Mainstreet, just minutes walk from the Mount Errigal Hotel is the longest street in Ireland.
Things to do in Letterkenny:
The Regional Cultural Centre located within walking distance of the Hotel and hosts exhibitions, digital media and films.
This exquisite cultural centre incorporates:
- A first floor art gallery
- 150 seat auditorium
- Multi purpose workshops
- Digital Media Suites
- Rehearsal Rooms
Letterkenny has many Public Monuments scattered throughout the town.
Some of these include:
The Polestar monument is situated on the Port Bridge Roundabout, right beside the Hotel. The monument is made from 104 timber poles and measures 12 metres high. The shape of the monument outlines a boat as well as having a train track theme to commemorate the trade and goods transported through the town by boat and rail which has contributed to the town’s development.
The Workers monument made from stainless steel and stone is located at the Dry Arch Roundabout and commemorates the men who worked on building the original bridge and train track at the Dry Arch.
The Rabble Children located in Market Square represents the hiring fairs where children between the ages of 11 and 16 were leased out for six month periods to wealthy farmers.
The Chair also located in Market Square and has been present since its first appearance in the 2005 Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann. Two more chairs have been added in the years that followed.
Donegal is home to plenty of award winning beaches.
Some of which include:
Bundoran Beach located in Donegal is a resort town which includes Water world and a funfair. It is a sandy beach facing Donegal Bay and the Atlantic bounded on the North and South by rocks and on the east by the promenade roadway. It is popular with surfers. Stay at our sister hotel the Allingham Arms Hotel.
Fintra Beach is located to the south west coast of Donegal. Fintra is a sheltered sandy beach that receives large numbers of day trippers during the summer months and is also enjoyed by the local community.
Killahoey Beach located in Donegal is more commonly known as Dunfanaghy beach.
Marble Hill and Breaghy Head is an extensive sandy beach in a rural environment. The dunes have many flowers and bird species and are one of the last areas in Ireland where you may hear a Corncake calling. This beach is located 22 miles from the hotel.
Murvagh Beach is situated on the south coast of Donegal.
An extensive sandy beach, it is calm and sheltered.
Portnoo (Narin) Beach located in Donegal. An extensive sandy beach in a rural environment.
Portsalon Beach is a clean, safe and speculator sandy beach that slopes towards the Atlantic Ocean. This blue flag beach is a popular choice for families & holiday makers and is located 20 miles from the hotel. Portsalon beach was once voted the second most beautiful beach in the world.
Rathmullan Beach has also a blue flag and located just 14 miles from the hotel.
Rossnowlagh Beach is regarded by many as the most scenic and dramatic beach in the whole northwest. The beach is most popular for all kinds of water sports, board sailing, surfing and water skiing. The magnificent beach provides ideal conditions for safe bathing with lifeguard patrols.
BOWLING IN LETTERKENNY
Arena 7 Bowling alley is located just minutes walk from the hotel. The state of the art facilities consists of 10 bowling lanes with automatic scoring. All lanes are wheelchair accessible and bumpers or ramps to help children participate are available upon request.
Bowling Rates are:
- 1 lane for 1 hour €30
- 1 lane for 45 mins €23
- 1 lane for 30 mins €16
Maximum number of people per lane is 6
Family passes & discount vouchers are available to all guests staying at the Mount Errigal Hotel.
Please ask at reception or upon booking for further information.
ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN IN LETTERKENNY
There are numerous activities for children to do in the area.
Some of these include:
The Mount Errigal Hotel has its own exquisite 20metre Swimming Pool.
Wayne’s World & Go Karting
Is situated in Arena 7 just minutes walk from the hotel. The children’s activity centre is comprised of two sections the 2-4yr old section and the 4-11yr old section.
Sections include items such as:
- Ball Pool
- Play Areas
- Punch Bags
- Swaying Bridge
- Large Foam Balls
- Children over 4 can enjoy the Go Kart centre.
- Bowling, Arcade & Pool
Also located in Arena 7 are 10 bowling lanes, bumpers & ramps are available for children if needed.
Family passes & discount vouchers to Arena 7 are available to all guests staying at the Mount Errigal Hotel.
For further information ask at reception or upon booking.
Located in Oldtown, Letterkenny. The indoor activity centre caters from toddlers up to 12yrs old. The play area has designated play areas for toddlers under 2 while under 4yr olds can play in a supervised two levels of obstacles.
- Soft Padded Animals
- Ball Pool
- 3 Lane Astra Slide
- Rope Bridges
- Football Court & Basketball Net
- Rocking Lion
Letterkenny Karting Centre is one of Ireland’s largest Go-Kart circuits at close to 900 metres. The Karting Centre is located just 5miles from the hotel.
There are numerous horse riding centres located near the hotel.
Some of these include:
- Black Horse Stables, Letterkenny
- Golden Sands Equestrian Centre, Rathmullan
Century Cinema is an 8 screen complex within walking distance of the hotel.
CINEMA IN LETTERKENNY
Century Cinema located within walking distance of the Mount Errigal Hotel and is one of Ireland’s best independent movie houses.
The cinema complex features:
- 8 Screens
- Executive Rocker Seats
- Free Car park
- Foyer Waiting Area
- Now Showing
- See a full list of films currently showing
GOLFING IN DONEGAL
Ballybofey and Stranorlar Golf Club
This course offers a challenge of all standards. 18 holes set in the Finn Valley Tree Lines Park Land with its feature hole 16th set on the shore of Lough Alan.
Ballyliffin Golf Club
Ireland's most 'northerly' club was founded in 1947. The Ballyliffin Golf Course is famous for its par 3 fifth hole. This newly designed Glashedy (Craddock and Ruddy) links course provides the average golfer with a very fair test of ability amid the rolling sand dunes and spectacular scenery of the Inishowen Peninsula. The par 3 seventh hole is played from the top of the sand dune to a green guarded by bunkers on three sides and a lake on the other.
Bundoran Golf Club
Founded in 1894 Bundoran Golf Course was originally designed by an ancient course designer GL Ballie. The first President of the Club was the Duke of Abercorn. The course was re-designed by six times British Open Champion in 1927. The great Christy O’Connor was professional at Bundoran from 1951 to 1957.
Cruit Island Golf Club
Cruit Island Golf Club is a nine-hole links golf course set on the end of a peninsula.
Donegal Golf Club
Donegal Golf Club popularly referred to from time to time as Murvagh, is situated on the beautiful Murvagh Peninsula in Donegal Bay.
Greencastle Golf Club
Greencastle Golf Club is a members owned eighteen hole course on the banks of, and superb views across, Lough Foyle. It is based in the north of the Inishowen peninsula in County Donegal. The club was founded in 1892 as a nine hole course and during its centenary year opened a further nine, very challenging holes.
Letterkenny Golf Club
Is one of the most scenic parkland courses in the North West. Situated in a parkland setting, bordering on the shore of the Lough Swilly, the course was originally carved out of natural woodlands. Many of its 18 holes enjoy spectacular views of Lough Swilly. The redeveloped course includes many new features – such as lakes, mounding, greens and bunkers.
Narin and Portnoo Golf Club
Beautifully located on Gweebarra bay, the course is playable all the year round.
North West Golf Club
Lying between beautiful Lough Swilly and Mouldy Mountain, North West Golf Club has been called 'the St.Andrews of Ireland'.
Otway Golf Club
Otway Golf Club was founded as far back as 1893, making it one of the oldest golf clubs in the Republic of Ireland. As the history books tell us, the club was very difficult to get to and although somewhat out of the way this little gem is well worth a visit.
Portsalon Golf Club
At Portsalon Golf Club one can appreciate the Donegal’s Fanad Peninsula and the beaches of Ballymastocker Bay.
Rosapenna Golf Club
Rosapenna Golf Club offers both golfers and spectators the unparalleled views of the Sheephaven and Mulroy bays and the highlands of Donegal.
St Patrick’s Golf Club
This club has spectacular views over the Sheephaven Bay.
PLACES TO VISIT IN LETTERKENNY
Glenveagh National Park & Castle
Address: Churchill, Letterkenny
Phone: 074 9137090
Glenveagh National Park is open all year round, admission to the park, gardens and vistors centre is free of charge. Group guided walks can be arranged, please contact the park directly to arrange an appointment.
Events at Glenveagh National Park
Address: Near Glenveagh National Park Mount_Errigal_1.jpg
Errigal Mountain is the tallest peak of the Derryveagh Mountains in the Northwest of Ireland with a height of 749 metres. Errigal is also the most southern, steepest and highest of the mountain chain, called the "Seven Sisters" by locals:
- Aghla Beg
- Aghla More
- Mackoght (Little Errigal)
An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny is located within walking distance from the Mount Errigal Hotel. This modern Theatre hosts a varied programme of events throughout the year including, comedy, drama, music, ballet and much more.
Special Accommodation & Theatre packages are available through the Mount Errigal Hotel.
Schedule of events at An Grianan Theatre.
PARKS IN LETTERKENNY
Letterkenny Town Park
Is the largest public park in Letterkenny and is laid out with a herb garden, flower beds, mature and new trees, an orchard area, playing areas, bowling green, walks and playgrounds. This park is located approx 10mins walk from the Mount Errigal Hotel.
This 20 acre park consists of multi use games area, childrens play area, 44 car parking spaces together with park furniture, lighting and seating. This park is located approx 5mins drive from the Mount Errigal Hotel.