The Inishowen Gateway Donegal Hotel is one of the most conveniently located hotels Donegal, perfect for activity breaks Ireland.
Step back in time into an ancient woodland inhabited by extinct creatures to experience some of Ireland’s ancient lost wildlife. Walk among the ancient trees and encounter Bears, Wolves, Lynx and Wild Boar on your journey through the past.
‘Wild Ireland’ is located on the Wild Atlantic Way and is the newest and most exciting visitor attraction in the North West of Ireland. Just a few centuries ago, Ireland was clothed in a thick blanket of Temperate Celtic Rainforest. Due to destruction and deforestation, this woodland has all but disappeared, in a small pocket of remaining woodland on the Inishowen peninsula, the hands of time have been rolled back to an era were ferocious beasts ruled the Irish countryside.
Come see our Brown bears, European Wolves and Lynx back together in the Irish forest for the first time in thousands of years. Here they live in their natural habitat in the temperate rainforest. Lots of wild birds call Wild Ireland home and our beautiful lake is home to swans, ducks and even a cheeky pair of otters.
There is lots to see and do for children too, take the fairy trail around the rainforest, be delighted with our tales of ancient folklore, play in our state of the art play park and finish off with some tasty treats from our Wild Ireland Shop and café.
Admission: Adults €10 | Children €8 | Under 2 - FREE! (First 2 children full price - Additional children half price €4)
Open daily from 10am - 4pm. (Last Entry 3pm)
Grianán of Aileach
One of the five most ancient sites mentioned on Ptolemy of Alexandria's 2nd Century map of Ireland. It is an impressive stone ring fort, located on top of Greenan hill and with spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding hills, lakes and countryside.
Located 7 miles north of Buncrana, situated along the shores of the Lough Swilly commanding majestic views of the Swilly and its shorelines. The facilities include an Exhibition centre, Audio visual facilities, Cafeteria, Scenic Walks, Unique Flora and Fauna, Birdlife. The Fort is open all year round and at various times they host Art exhibitions. Leaflets at Reception. http://dunree.pro.ie/home-html/
Located on the main Derry to Buncrana Road, it was the site of a monastery founded by St Colmcille for his disciple St. Mura, situated in the graveyard is the Fahan Mura Cross, an early 7th Century cross-slab, the design demonstrates a close connection with Scotland. This graveyard contains the graves of 71 sailors who lost their lives with the sinking of the Laurentic in 1917. Agnes Jones is also buried in the graveyard, Agnes was born in Fahan House and trained and worked with Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War.
O'Doherty's Keep, Buncrana
Built circa early 1600 and situated over the Crana Bridge, this is the location where Wolfe Tone was held prisoner when he was brought ashore in Buncrana in 1798.
Ned's Point Fort
Just north of Buncrana Town, a Napoleonic fort manned by the British from 1812 to defend the area from invasion. The R.N.L.I. lifeboat station is situated nearby.
Doagh Famine Village
Located on Doagh Island, north of Buncrana, a visitor centre opened in 1997, an outdoor museum tells the story of life in this area in the 1970's going back to the Famine in the 1840s. http://www.doaghfaminevillage.com/
The most northerly point in Ireland and famous for its rugged natural beauty of mountains, bays, inlets and rocks. At Bamba's Crown there is an information point and a marked path taking you on a walk to some fantastic scenic points. Great for photography.
Inishowen Marine Attractions
Inishowen experienced higher than normal temperatures this year and attracted Basking Sharks from the deeper off shore feeding areas off Malin Head.
The Fennel Shed
Patchwork Quilt making, tuition packages and programmes can be arranged for individuals or any size group. Materials, patterns etc. available to buy together with a full range of colourful quilts. The Fennel Shed is just 2 minute walk from the hotel. www.thefennelshed.com
Full range of pottery available to buy, tour of pottery and painting your own piece of pottery can be arranged for groups of 2 people or for up to 30 or 40 people. http://www.movillepottery.com
Stephen Diggin Art
"Original Donegal Landscape Paintings and Limited Edition Prints." www.stephendigginart.com