Hotels in Co. Donegal

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Historic and hospitality on the Wild Atlantic Way

On Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, County Donegal in Ireland borders the Atlantic Ocean in northwestern Ireland.  A fusion of rugged coastlines, historic castles, mountains, and history with the likes of the Glenveagh National Park including its Scottish Baronial-style Glenveagh Castle and known for its Victorian gardens.

Integral to its beauty is its hospitality from large country house hotels to more intimate pubs with rooms, it embodies Ireland’s much heralded warm nature.  For example, on the shores of Lough Swilly, Rathmullan House is a Georgian holiday destination and a family run hotel. Frewin meanwhile is a creeper clad Victorian property at the mouth of the River Lennon and Ard na Breatha in Donegal is a more traditional guesthouse, ideal for cosy evenings in and hearty fare after long walks and outdoor pursuits in the surrounding area.

The area is very much about exploring the great outdoors, and in turn taking in both the impressive history as well as the myth and legend of the area.  The Wild Atlantic Way in particular is a touring route that takes in nine counties in its entirety, really encompassing the breathtaking landscapes as well as offering seasonal events that bring the regional character to life.

The beauty of so many of the area’s hotels is that they really are embedded into this magical landscape.  The waterside location of Harvey’s Point is really very hard to beat, while the tamed gardens of The Mill are a tonic as you wake in the morning.

The lush, green landscapes are a testament to the often wet winters and sometimes damp heat of the summer, but as a result the region is blessed with beautiful plant and wildlife alongside the more cultivated hotel gardens.  As a result, Donegal is a fabulous holiday destination whether you plan to  have many an outdoor adventure or simply relax at the hotels with good food, good drink and the occasional afternoon tea in the sunshine. 

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    Last updated: May 28, 2018