Bundoran Co Donegal Day Trips Part 1

5 Top Attractions Near Bundoran Co Donegal

Rossnowlagh Beach Is A Short Drive North Of Bundoran Co Donegal, Northwest IrelandRossnowlagh Beach, Donegal, Ireland

The pretty holiday resort of Bundoran County Donegal has golden sandy Atlantic beaches, dramatic coastal cliffs and more, right on the pristine shores of Donegal Bay.

Not everyone knows, though, that there are lots of other wonderful attractions just a short drive from the resort.  In fact, Bundoran is an ideal base for exploring the immense beauty and Celtic heritage of South Donegal.

Here are five of those attractions.  More at Bundoran Day Trips Parts Two, Three, Four, Five and Six.

Within 20Km of Bundoran Co Donegal

Rossnowlagh Beach

Rossnowlagh Beach, South Donegal, IrelandRossnowlagh Beach, South Donegal

Take time out to relax on this beautiful, three kilometer-long, golden sandy beach and enjoy a dip in the invigorating waters of Donegal Bay.

This is a great place to perfect your surfing technique too (lessons available), for long walks, and for sharing a picnic with family and friends.

If you prefer, you can get a light bite at a local café, or dine at a nearby restaurant.  There's also a 4 star waterfront hotel.

As a grand finale to a perfect day, watch a glorious sunset over the distant, shimmering Atlantic horizon.

Get there early to park in the car park, though, and not on this very popular beach... the tide rises quickly!

Rossnowlagh Friary and Museum Room

The small, but significant, County Donegal Historical Society Museum has a fascinating collection of rare artifacts from around the county.  These date from the Prehistoric, through the ages to more recent times.

A copy of the Annals of the Four Masters, the History of the Kingdom of Ireland, is among the items on display.

You'll also find a stone carving of a monk's head that was found in the vicinity of Catsby Cave, and a holy (blessed) water font from Abbey Assaroe.

The museum room is at the Franciscan friary, just above Rossnowlagh beach (the southern end of it).

Eastern Boundary Marker For Kilbarron Castle LandsEastern boundary marker for Kilbarron Castle lands

While you're there, view the beautiful stained glass windows inside the church and visit the friary shop.

Refreshments are available in the café across the road.

Outside, explore the friary's serene gardens...

The Stations of the Cross will lead you to a raised clearing with a crucifix.  You'll find spectacular panoramic views across Donegal Bay, just a few paces beyond this point.

See the rock that has marked the eastern boundary of Kilbarron Castle's former grounds for centuries.  Now in ruins, that nearby coastal clifftop stronghold was once a renowned seat of academic learning.

Kilbarron Castle was also the home and birthplace of learned Franciscan historian, Brother Michael O'Cleary, co-author of the Annals of the Four Masters.

Within 50Km of Bundoran Co Donegal

O'Donnell's Celtic Castle

This historic castle was built by Celtic Chieftain, Red Hugh O'Donnell the first in 1474.  It is located just off the Diamond, in the very heart of Donegal Town.


Donegal Abbey

Enjoy views of the beautiful Eske Estuary at the head of Donegal Bay, as you stroll around these significantly historic, sacred 15th century Celtic ruins, associated with the Four Masters.


Lough Eske and the Bluestack Mountains

Lough Eske And The Bluestack Mountains, DonegalLough Eske and the Bluestack Mountains

Escape to one of the most scenic and serene spots in County Donegal.

The beautiful Lough Eske is framed by the Bluestack Mountains, just northwards of Donegal Town.

This area is ideal for hiking, hill-walking and cycling in nature.

Lough Eske is also good for fishing and scenic drives around the lake.

Take a picnic, dine in opulent 4 or 5 star lakeside hotels, or head to Biddy's for a light bite in an authentic traditional setting.

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