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Woodhill House
Woodhill House

Ardara, Ardara 0000

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ardara Heritage Centre, Ardara Fort, and Owenea Bridge …

£89
Bay View Hotel & Leisure Centre
Bay View Hotel & Leisure Centre

Main Street, Killybegs

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Killybegs Maritime and Heritage Visitor Centre and 1.6 mi (2.6 km …

£66
Mill Park Hotel
Mill Park Hotel

The Mullins, Donegal

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Killaghtee Old Church, Donegal Castle, an …

£106
Inisean B&B
Inisean B&B

Pole Road, Dungloe

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Dungloe, this guesthouse is within 16 mi (25 km) of Selkie Sailing, Lough Nacung, and Gweedore Golf Club. Mount …

£55
Atlantic Guest House
Atlantic Guest House

Main Street, Donegal

2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Donegal, this guesthouse is steps from Daniel O'Donnell Museum, Killaghtee Old Church, and Diamond Obelisk. …

£58
Island View B&B
Island View B&B

Acres, Burtonport F94 FN88

Situated near the airport, this bed & breakfast is within 20 mi (32 km) of Selkie Sailing, Lough Nacung, and Gweedore Golf …

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Caisleain Oir Hotel
Caisleain Oir Hotel

Annagry, Annagry 0000

2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Annagry, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Selkie Sailing, Lough Nacung, and Gweedore Golf Club. Mount Errigal …

£66
Randwick
Randwick

Bundoran Road, Ballyshannon

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (24 reviews)

Situated in Ballyshannon, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lakeside Centre, Donegal Equestrian Centre, and Catsb …

£54
Jackson's Hotel & Leisure Club
Jackson's Hotel & Leisure Club

Main Street, Ballybofey F93 RD40

4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Ballybofey hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 15-minute walk of Balor Arts Centre and Drumboe …

£50
Kee's Hotel, Leisure & Wellness Centre
Kee's Hotel, Leisure & Wellness Centre

Main Street, Stranorlar

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (43 reviews)

Located in the heart of Stranorlar, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Drumboe Woods and Balor Arts Centre. Drumboe …

£52
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Pocket Guide: Ardara Ardara Fort Hotels

Located in south-west Donegal, the heritage town of Adara is at the heart of the county’s famous tweed and knitwear industry. It’s a great place to stay if you want to experience the true flavour of Ireland.

In terms of size Adara is relatively small - it has a population of around 600 - but it still manages to offer an impressive range of comfortable and affordable accommodation. There is a hotel in the town centre and several bed and breakfasts and guesthouses in the locality, many enjoying pretty coastal views. If you are on a tight budget there is also a hostel.

Hotels Close to Ancient History

Ardara sits on the River Owentocker and its name, meaning “height of the fort”, comes from the earthen ring fort which sits on top of a hill to the north-east of town. The fort is a popular tourist attraction, pulling in visitors keen to find out more about the town’s ancient past.

The area’s long history is revealed further by the Kilclooney Dolman and the Maghera Caves, both of which can be found just outside Ardara. The latter were said to provide a place of sanctuary during penal times, with local people using them to avoid detection by invading forces.

The beautiful Assaranca Waterfall is also nearby, as is the hidden gem of Bonny Glen Wood. It has its own colourful history linked to the potato famine of the mid-1800s and it can be explored via two routes, each passing three pretty lakes.

Hotels by the Beach

Once you have uncovered the area’s historic past you can relax on the beaches of Narin and Portnoo, which are a short drive from Adara. From Narin, at low tide you can walk across to the island of Inniskeel but make sure you check locally for the safest time to do it.

Festivals and Textiles

Ardara is famous for its Cup of Tae Festival - “The Sweet Cup of Tae” is a favourite reel played by Irish musicians and points to the tradition of adding a drop of whiskey to a cup of tea. The festival is held annually in late April or early May and was inspired by local musician John “The Tae” Gallagher, once described as “probably the best fiddle player of all time” by Irish broadcaster Ciaran Mathuna.

Ardara is also known for holding its St Patrick’s Day Festival on the first Sunday after St Patrick’s Day. This unusual decision was taken to give residents and visitors the chance to enjoy both the festivities in nearby Glenties, on St Patrick’s Day itself, and the events in Ardara.

Famous for its textiles, Adara’s bustling town centre is a great place to see some of Donegal’s finest tweed and knitwear weavers, as well as other craftspeople, in action.

Hotel Options

Adara has lots of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets but if you want to look a little further afield check out what’s on offer in Glenties, Killybegs, Lettermacaward and Donegal Town.

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