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When it comes to hospitality, this picturesque little Celtic town in Donegal Ireland has a lot to offer. It is also one of the county's easiest destinations to reach. That, along with its numerous central and nearby top attractions, makes it one of Donegal's most popular destinations.
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There are wonderful town, country, and manor houses for you to choose from, all within 1 to 10 kilometers of the town's center.
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This reputable Irish company has been our own first choice in finding accommodation, wherever we've traveled in Ireland in recent years.
Through them we've enjoyed exceptional hospitality, as well as genuine warmth and kindness from our hosts.
We like the fact that their accommodations are approved and quality assured by either the Fáilte Ireland national tourism authority, or the Northern Ireland tourist board.
If you like more independence, there's a variety of self-catering vacation house rentals. Large holiday homes are highly popular for family vacations. Or you might like to stay in a real Irish cottage.
Indulge in a little luxury, in a 4 or 5 star lakeside hotel.
Or travel by coach, right to the door of convenient 3 star hotels in the heart of town.
Donegal Town Independent Hostel is on the outskirts of town. The Bluestack Centre Hostel is a short drive away, right in the foothills of the beautiful Bluestack Mountains.
You'll get a substantial breakfast, lunch, light bites, and delicious
treats in any of the hotels, tea rooms, cafes, and some of the bars, and there are plenty of them in the heart of town. If you're staying at a hotel, or B and B though, the famous full Irish breakfast will keep you going for hours!
The hotels and restaurants offer evening cuisine ranging from traditional Irish fare to Italian, Oriental and Indian.
Try a few of the locally caught Atlantic seafood dishes. The Mill Park Hotel's Seafood Linguine, and the Abbey Hotel's melt-in-the-mouth salmon are two of our favorites!
Several of the hotels host dinner and dancing, as well as cabarets at certain times of the year.
If you're in self-catering accommodation, all your food and grocery
needs are available in the town's supermarkets, bakery, health food
store, and fresh produce kiosk. Of course if you're on a fishing vacation, you'll most likely have your own supply of freshly caught fish!
Donegal Town is situated in the south of County Donegal Ireland, at the head of scenic Donegal Bay, near the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains. It is just off the N15 national primary route between Ballyshannon and Ballybofey.
This popular destination is easily accessible by car from anywhere on the island of Ireland.
Bus Éireann, Ireland's national coach company, provides an intercity and express bus service from connections throughout Ireland.
A number of privately owned coach companies operate connections from Dublin, Galway, and various towns along the way.
(Car rental services are available locally, if you need one).
You can get Donegal flights to Carrickfinn Airport (Donegal
International Airport) via Dublin or Glasgow Scotland (car hire available).
You can also get
Ireland flights into Dublin, Belfast or Shannon, as well as Knock
airport and Derry airport, with Airlingus and other airlines (car hire and coach connections available).
There are ferry services into Belfast, Larne, Dublin, Dun
Laoghaire or Rosslare ports. Drive from there.
Some visitors are happy to spend their time exploring the town, shopping, relaxing and generally soaking up the town's friendly, lighthearted atmosphere without venturing any further afield. If that sounds like you and your accommodation is central, you won't need any transport other than a possible occasional taxi.
On the other hand, if you'd like to explore the general locality, and there's plenty to see, you'll definitely need wheels, be they on a car, a bus, or some other mode of transport! Here are some of your options...
If you're staying mostly about the town, and would like an occasional sightseeing excursion around the county, you might enjoy some of the guided coach tours available.
Several companies offer this service out of Donegal Town.
More information about Donegal guided coach tours here.
Also check with the tourist information office (see below).
If you'd like to explore other towns and villages in the region, such as Killybegs, Ardara, Ballyshannon, or Bundoran for example, there is a somewhat limited bus service.
If you plan to do plenty of touring around and exploring the county's many wonderful attractions, your best option is to hire a car.
The go-to car hire people in town are award-winning S & R Motors.
To get the most from your vacation, it's worth visiting the Discover Ireland tourist information office, at the quay, as soon as you can on arrival.
You'll find helpful staff there who'll answer your questions.
They'll advise you of attractions, activities, coach tours, entertainment, as well as any festivals and events happening locally during your visit.
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