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Sandhouse Hotel

Sandhouse Hotel

Killinangel Beg, Rossnowlagh

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (164 reviews)

This Rossnowlagh hotel is on the beach, 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Rossnowlagh Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Donegal Golf Clu …

£135
Great Northern Hotel

Great Northern Hotel

Bundoran, Bundoran

4.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (29 reviews)

Situated in Bundoran, this golf hotel is steps from Bundoran Golf Club and Bundoran Beach. Bundoran Adventure Park and …

£80
Mill Park Hotel

Mill Park Hotel

The Mullins, Donegal

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (202 reviews)

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Donegal Castle and O'Donnel's Castle. Donegal …

£120
Heron's Cove

Heron's Cove

Rossnowlagh Rd, Ballyshannon

3.5 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (26 reviews)

Situated in Ballyshannon, this guesthouse is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Abbey Assaroe and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lakeside Centre an …

£74
The Abbey Hotel Donegal

The Abbey Hotel Donegal

The Diamond, Donegal

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (50 reviews)

Situated in Donegal, this hotel is steps from Donegal Castle, O'Donnel's Castle, and Donegal Bay Waterbus. Lough Eske and …

£83
Murvagh Links Manor

Murvagh Links Manor

Ballybulgan, Laghy

4.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (49 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Donegal Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Rossnowlag …

£66
Fitzgerald's Hotel

Fitzgerald's Hotel

Main Street, Bundoran

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (98 reviews)

Situated in Bundoran, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Surfworld Bundoran and Waterworld Bundoran. Bundoran Adventure …

£85
Randwick

Randwick

Bundoran Road, Ballyshannon

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (25 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 …

£61
Gateway Lodge Donegal

Gateway Lodge Donegal

Killybegs road (R925), Donegal

3.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (69 reviews)

Situated in Donegal, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Donegal Castle and O'Donnel's Castle. Donegal Bay Waterbu …

£79
The Central Hotel Donegal

The Central Hotel Donegal

The Diamond, Donegal

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (34 reviews)

Situated in Donegal, this hotel is steps from Donegal Castle, O'Donnel's Castle, and Donegal Bay Waterbus. Lough Eske and …

£81

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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