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Attractions

The Giant's Causeway, Antrim, Northern Ireland -  approximately  1 hour 30 min drive from Glencairn House B&B, Letterkenny, Co. DonegalGlenveagh National Park, County Donegal near Glencairn House B&B, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, IrelandSlieve League Cliffs, County Donegal - touring County Donegal from Glencairn House B&B, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, IrelandFolk Museum, Glencolmcille, County Donegal - touring County Donegal from Glencairn House B&B, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, IrelandMount Errigal, County Donegal, Ireland near Glencairn House B&B, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, IrelandGrianán Ailigh, Ancient Ringfort, Inishowen Peninsula - near Glencairn House B&B, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Welcome to Letterkenny

St Eunan's Cathedral near Glencairn House B&B, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Donegal's principal town and the ideal location to base yourself for a holiday in Donegal and Ireland's beautiful North West region. If you are looking for an ideal touring base with a warm, relaxed ambience, friendly, outgoing people, a wealth of restaurants, pubs, entertainment...look no further than Letterkenny!

Poised at the mouth of the deep and lovely Lough Swilly, the town grew in the 17th century from a small fishing village to a prosperous town and the Ecclesiastical Seat for the Diocese of Raphoe. Letterkenny's name comes from the Irish Leitir Ceanainn, meaning Hillside of the O'Canainn clan, the earliest recorded overlords of the Swilly region. Letterkenny is now a busy working town but with all the major amenities needed to allow visitors a holiday to remember.

Letterkenny Accommodation

Come and stay for a night, a weekend or a week and we know that you will be back for a longer period. We will be only too happy to help plan your exploration of our beautiful and fascinating county. Listed below are just a small selection of what Letterkenny...and Donegal in general...has to offer. We have also included a few Northern Ireland attractions which can be reached within one and a half hour's drive from Letterkenny.

Wild Atlantic Way

Glencairn House B&B, Letterkenny is on the world's longest defined coastal touring route, the dramatic Wild Atlantic Way / Slí an Atlantaigh Fhiáin.

Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh National Park is just a 25 minute drive from Letterkenny and encompasses over 16,000 hectares of mountains, lakes and glens eagles in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Many fascinating birds, plants and animals are to be found in the park including eagles and a large herd of red deer. There are tea rooms, beautiful gardens, guided tours of the castle, nature trails and a visitors' centre with exhibition displays and an audio-visual show.

Glebe House & Gallery

Glebe House and Gallery (The Derek Hill Collection) is a Regency House, 1828, set in woodland gardens, decorated with William Morris textiles, Islamic and Japanese art. The collection includes 300 works by leading 20th century artists; Picasso, Kokoshka as well as Irish and Italian artists. Videos (in English) relating to Derek Hill, a famous landscape artist, and the House are shown in the coffee shop.

Slieve League Sea Cliffs

A trip to Slieve League (Grey Mountain), the highest sea cliffs in Europe at 600m, is a great day out. Enjoy the lovely walk, with spectacular scenery, along the cliffs and experience the thrilling 'One Man's Pass' to Malinbeg 16km west near Glencolmcille.

An Grianán Ailaigh

Take a tour into the base of the Inishowen Peninsula to visit the ring fort (circa.1000AD) of Grianán an Aileach., Situated on a hill top, 800 feet above sea level, the stone fort was probably built on an earthen rath. Noted in the mythologies of Ireland, it seems the Tuatha de Danann first constructed the fort around 1700 BC. The view from Grianán an Aileach is breathtaking – including views of Lough Foyle, Lough Swilly and the surrounding landscape of the Inishowen Peninsula

Lurgybrack Open Farm

Lurgybrack Open Farm, is only 2 miles from Letterkenny centre and is an ideal family day out to enjoy seeing farm animals and have some fun. There is a centuries old farm building, friendly farm animals, duck pond, playground, a riverside walk and tearoom.

Letterkenny Entertainment Links & Phone Numbers

Aura Leisure Centre
Century Cinemas
Letterkenny Golf Club
An Ghrianán Theatre
Doagh Famine Village

Letterkenny Attractions:


County Museum, High Road +353 (0) 74 91 24613
An Grianan Theatre, Port Road +353 (0) 74 91 20777
Letterkenny Golf Club, Barnhill +353 (0) 74 91 21150
St Eunan's Cathedral +353 (0) 74 91 21021
County Library, St Oliver Plunkett Rd +353 (0) 74 91 24950
Letterkenny Anglers +353 (0) 74 91 21160
Letterkenny Cinemas, Port Road +353 (0) 74 91 27281
Main Tourist Office +353 (0) 74 91 21160

Some N. Ireland Attractions:

Giant's Causeway


The spectacular Giant's Causeway is just 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from Glencairn House B&B, Letterkenny. See
giantscausewaytickets.com/

Northern Ireland Tourist Board +44 028 9023 1221
Marble Arch Caves +44 (0)28 6634 8855
Belleek Pottery & Visitor Centre +44 (0) 28 6865 9300
The Ulster American Folk Park +44 (0)28 82243292

Some North-West Attractions:


Glenveagh National Park +353 (0) 74 91 37090
Donegal Castle, Donegal Town +353 (0) 74 91 22405
Glebe House & Gallery, Churchill +353 (0) 74 91 37071
Colmcille Heritage Centre, Churchill +353 (0) 74 91 37306
Glencolmcille Folk Museum, Glencolmcille +353 (0) 74 91 30017
Grianán Ailigh Visitors Centre, Burt +353 (0) 74 93 68000
Newmills Corn & Flax Mills +353 (0) 74 91 25115
Gartan Outdoor Centre +353 (0) 74 91 37032
Lifford Old Courthouse, Lifford +353 (0) 74 91 41733
Isaac Butt Heritage Centre, Cloghan +353 (0) 74 91 33108



Grianán Ailigh photograph by John Sullivan pdphoto.org