Welcome to 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 AccommodationCome 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 WayGlencairn 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 ParkGlenveagh 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 & GalleryGlebe 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 CliffsA 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 AilaighTake 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 FarmLurgybrack 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 NumbersAura Leisure Centre
Letterkenny Golf Club
An Ghrianán Theatre
Doagh Famine Village
|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:
The spectacular Giant's Causeway is just 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from Glencairn House B&B, Letterkenny. See
|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