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Randwick
Randwick

Bundoran Road, Ballyshannon

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (23 reviews)

Situated in Ballyshannon, this bed & breakfast is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Lakeside Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Donegal …

£55
Erne Manor B&B
Erne Manor B&B

Belleek Rd, Ballyshannon F94 V210

3.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Situated in Ballyshannon, this bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Belleek Pottery, Lakeside Centre, and Abbey Assaroe. …

£68
Riverside Suites Hotel
Riverside Suites Hotel

Millbrook house, John F Kennedy Parade,, SLIGO

Situated in Kinlough, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Kinlough Folk Museum and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Surfworld Bundoran. …

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Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa
Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa

1 Lough Eske, Donegal

5.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (160 reviews)

Situated on a lake, this luxury hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Lough Eske and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Ardnamona Gardens. …

£168
Ashwood Apartments
Ashwood Apartments

The Mullans, Donegal

3.5 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (6 reviews)

Situated by the sea, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Donegal Castle, O'Donnel's Castle, and Donegal Bay Waterbu …

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Tara Hotel
Tara Hotel

Main Street, Killybegs

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (71 reviews)

Situated in Killybegs, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Killybegs Maritime and Heritage Visitor Centre and within 9 mi (1 …

£56
Lough Erne Resort
Lough Erne Resort

Belleek Road, Enniskillen BT93 7ED

5.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (117 reviews)

Located on the waterfront, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Monea Castle, Buttermarket, and Enniskillen …

£90
Benbulben Apartments
Benbulben Apartments

Clarion Road, Sligo

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3.4 out of 5 (5 reviews)

Situated in Sligo, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sligo County Museum, Yeats Memorial Building, and Model Arts an …

£39
Customs House Country Inn
Customs House Country Inn

25 - 27 Main Street, Enniskillen BT93 5FB

3.5 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (3 reviews)

Situated in Blacklion, this inn is within 9 mi (15 km) of Marble Arch Caves, Cuilcagh Mountain, and Florence Court. …

£80
Castle Dargan Hotel
Castle Dargan Hotel

Castle Dargon Estate, Ballygawley

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4.2 out of 5 (87 reviews)

Set in Ballygawley, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Ballysadare Church, Sligo Riding Centre, and Quaysid …

£85
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Pocket Guide: Ballyshannon Abbey Assaroe Hotels

Although County Donegal is best known for its fabulous coast and beautiful beaches, the region has much more to offer. Whether it’s political, maritime or ecclesiastical, it is a part of Ireland steeped in rich history and, thanks to the excellent range of accommodation on offer, it’s easy to find somewhere to stay while you make the most of it.

Abbey Assaroe is one of Donegal’s most captivating historic attractions and is located in a beautiful spot close to Ballyshannon and Bundoran, two towns offering very different holiday experiences. Both, however, have plenty of choice when it comes to affordable, comfortable hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, holiday homes and hostels.

Hotels on the Doorstep of History

Standing alongside the River Erne, Abbey Assaroe is a delightful place to spend a couple of hours. It was built in 1184 by Cistercian monks who had moved into the area from Boyle in County Roscommon. The monks moved quickly to harness the power of the river by creating a watermill, which has been expertly restored. The story of the restoration project is chronicled in an interpretative centre, which also sheds light on the progressive monks who lived at Assaroe.

Two artificial caves also form an integral part of the site. One, known as the Catsby, served as a secret chapel during the Penal times that saw the persecution of Ireland’s Roman Catholics. The other, now about 90 feet deep, once extended for two miles towards Rossnowlagh.

The monastery was damaged by fire in 1377 and was attacked on numerous occasions over the next 20 years, ending with it being plundered by the King of Tyrone in 1398. The abbey estates were eventually granted to English lords but the monks continued to live on-site until they were eventually driven out after the Flight of the Earls in 1607.

The abbey then fell into decline and, today, all that remains is the west end of the church, part of the west gable and a section of the south wall. A graveyard was added which, along with an adjoining farm, formed part of the grounds and the last abbot of Assaroe, Abbot Quinn, is buried there.

Hotels Close to Abbey Assaroe

Bundoran is the busiest seaside resort in the county and is home to a world-famous surfing beach and, in the summer, lots of people. There are plenty of hotels close to the seafront, which is home to a colourful mix of amusement arcades, fairground rides and takeaways as well a water park and adventure centre. As well as surfers, it’s also popular with golfers attracted by one of the best courses in Donegal.

Tucked away on an incline above the River Erne, picturesque Ballyshannon is a much more tranquil proposition than its louder, family-oriented neighbour. Reportedly the oldest town in the country, with its roots dating back to Neolithic times, it is popular with visitors who want to enjoy a peaceful retreat after a hard day’s sightseeing.

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