But did you know you can also enjoy in Inishowen:
- Water Sport activites of every kind
From the inflatable waterpark in Moville to kayaking adventures on Lough Swilly and the choice of boat trips available nearby you can take in the spectacular views and rugges coastline of Inishowen from many ports. Take it easy with a kayak around the underground caves of Fort Dunree or discover the many species of wildlife with a boat trip to the uninhabited Inishrahull Island
- Walk with Alpacas along the Wild Atlantic Route
These magestic animals are so friendly and tame that even the kids can guide them along the stunning knockamanny bends route you enjoy during the trek.
- Malin Head
There is a reason this is marked as a signature point along the Wild Atlantic Way. Its stunning natural beauty and fascinating history going back to WW1 and the weather tower dating back to 1885 makes it a great day out to discover its past. Its windy though, so be prepared.
- Doagh Famine Village
If ever you wanted to learn more about the history of Donegal and its struggles during major historical events like the Famine, then this is the place you must visit. Reconstructed cottages and reenacted scenes from various customs are to be enjoyed as well as the fantastic storytelling by owner and tour guide, Pat Doherty. Learn about the hostiry of poteen making and Irish wakes to name a few things covered.
- Wild Ireland Animal Sanctuary
This animal sanctuary is a newly opened facility in 2019 for rehomed rescue bears, wolves and lynx cats to name a few. You can enjoy a walk around the santuary and listen to the animal keepers tell interesting stories about their past and current lives. Get up close to some magnificent creatures during your visit.
- Beaches at every stop
Inishowen has the most amazing selection of beaches to enjoy from Lisfannon Beach next to the hotel (a recent blue flag beach and noted as one of the top beaches in Ireland) to Kinnegoe Bay. From pure sandy beaches to seagrass beaches and rocky with stones, we boast the most incredible beaches within Ireland.
- Walking Trails
If you are a walking group or individual who loves a walking trail then Inishowen offers them in abundance. From Looped walking routes to challenging routes, you can download the Walking Guide for Inishowen here to see more before you arrive and plan your day.
- Climb Slieve Snacht
Now this is tough one and not for just anyone. You would need to be a certain level of fitness to take this on. Read up on the access points and be prepared with good footwear. IT It is a near vertical climb near the top. Read more on climbing Slieve Snacht here.
What type of Wellness Breaks are available in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel?
1. Mindfulness Breaks
2. Wild Ireland Break with tickets to see the Rescue Bears and Animal Sanctuary
3. Family Breaks with Dinner, B&B included at great value
4. Kayaking packages
What makes a break a Wellness Break?
To us its any break that gets you out in nature, moving and enjoying what is naturally there in nature. From peaceful hikes to adventurous kayaks, Inishowen has something for everyone to enjoy. Forgetting the time and really feeling your body relax.
We hear from well known people who hail from and who love Inishowen and Donegal:
- Hazel McIntyre - Inishowen based Writer - Inishowen, Donegal - My Culdaff - northwest corner of Ireland with its rugged cliffs and windswept beaches , and the sea's mood and spirit still find their way into my soul and writing.
- Ricky Simms - Donegal born Sports Agent for Usain Bolt and Mo Farah - The thing I love to do when I get home to Donegal is visit the beautiful unspoilt sandy beaches. There are so many all around the county but I grew up going to Portsalon, Portnablagh and Rathmullan and like to get some fresh Atlantic air. I think Ballymastocker Bay was once voted second most beautiful beach in the world by the Observer magazine. I live in the South of France and I wish we had the Donegal beaches here (with the South of France weather).
- Donegal Tour Guide - Henry Doohan - (We have) an abundance of attractions for the wellness traveller with its activities, culture, nature and food. The options to try something new are endless and the Donegal tourist can gently step out of their comfort zone by tasting a new dish with so many award-winning restaurants in the county. Or the more adventurous can try their hand at an activity that they wouldn’t normally engage with at home such as learning a new language or trying a new sport. Quite often this can develop a hobby or interest that can be carried on, leaving their lives enriched as a result of the positive holiday experience.