Donegal Town Travel Guide, Bookings

The Diamond, Donegal Town Center In South Donegal IrelandThe Diamond, Donegal Town center

Reserve A Bed And Breakfast, Plus, Read Our Travel Overview Of Donegal Town

Donegal Town Straddles The River Eske In South Donegal IrelandDonegal Town straddles the river Eske at the head of Donegal Bay

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.

Read on to...

Donegal Town Hospitality

Reserve Accommodation At Top Donegal Bed And Breakfasts (And Elsewhere In Ireland) To...

Experience the warmest of Irish welcomes, comfortable surroundings, and good hearty breakfasts in family-run B and Bs.

There are wonderful town, country, and manor houses for you to choose from, all within 1 to 10 kilometers of the town's center.


How To Make Your Reservation

Enter your preferences in the box.  Click 'Search' (opens new window).  In the B and B Ireland website...

  1. Click 'Destinations'
  2. Type 'Donegal Town' (or another destination) in the first box
  3. Add your B and B selection(s) to cart, and complete your reservation


B and B Ireland recommends that you...

  1. Always book, at least, your first and last night's accommodations in advance, and
  2. Book all nights in more popular destinations (e.g. Dublin) well in advance of your trip

(See their FAQs for other helpful info)

Why B And B Ireland Is Our First Choice

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.

Stay At Top Donegal Bed And Breakfasts Such As Cove Lodge Near Donegal TownStay at top Donegal Bed and Breakfasts, such as Cove Lodge near Donegal Town

Other Donegal Town Accommodations


If you like more independence, there's a variety of self-catering vacation house rentalsLarge holiday homes are highly popular for family vacations.  Or you might like to stay in a real Irish cottage.

Lough Eske Castle Hotel, Donegal Ireland


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.

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Youth Hostels

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.


Breakfast, Lunch, Treats

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!

Blueberry Cybercafe, And Olde Castle Bar And Restaurant, Donegal IrelandBlueberry Cybercafe, and Olde Castle Bar And Restaurant

Evening Meals

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!

Location and Getting There


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.

Getting There

By Car

This popular destination is easily accessible by car from anywhere on the island of Ireland.

Bus Éireann Approaching Town CenterBus Éireann approaching town center

By Coach

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).

By Plane

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).

By Ferry

There are ferry services into Belfast, Larne, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire or Rosslare ports.  Drive from there.

Getting Around Locally

Getting Around Town

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.

Venturing Further Afield

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...

Tour Coaches On The Quay, Donegal IrelandTour coaches on the quay

Guided Coach Tours

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).

Local Bus Service


  1. Don't expect local buses to run as frequently as city buses.
  2. Triple check your bus return times, especially the last bus.

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.

Car Hire

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.

Tourist Information

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.

Tourist Office, Donegal IrelandDiscover Ireland Tourist Office

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