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Cuan na Ri Holiday Homes
Cuan na Ri Holiday Homes

Cuan na Rí, Carrigart

4.0 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Carrigart cottage is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Carrigart Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) o …

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Mulroy Woods Hotel
Mulroy Woods Hotel

Letterkenny Rd, Milford

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (14 reviews)

Situated in Milford, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Ashtree Stables, Rathmullan House, and Rathmullan Heritage Centre …

£47
Rathmullan House
Rathmullan House

Lough Swilly, Co. Donnegal, Rathmullan

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Inishowen Gateway
Inishowen Gateway

Railway Road, Buncrana

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (26 reviews)

Situated on the beach, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Buncrana Golf Club and within 9 mi (15 km) of Fort Dunree and Inc …

£64
Maldron Hotel Derry
Maldron Hotel Derry

Butcher Street, Londonderry BT48 6HL

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4.2 out of 5 (283 reviews)

Located in the heart of Londonderry, this hotel is steps from Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall and Diamond. Tower Museum and …

£60
Groarty House & Manor B&B
Groarty House & Manor B&B

62/64 Groarty Road, Londonderry BT48 0JY

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (58 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Templemore Sports Complex, Museum of Free Derry …

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Jackson's Hotel & Leisure Club
Jackson's Hotel & Leisure Club

Main Street, Ballybofey F93 RD40

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3.4 out of 5 (170 reviews)

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

£52
Cathedral View B&B
Cathedral View B&B

33 Westland Avenue, Londonderry BT48 9JE

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4.4 out of 5 (35 reviews)

Situated in Londonderry, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of St. Eugene's Cathedral and Museum of Free Derry …

£60
Waterfoot Hotel
Waterfoot Hotel

Caw Roundabout, Londonderry BT47 6TB

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (93 reviews)

Situated on a river, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Peace Bridge, Tower Museum, and Diamond. Derry City Walls and Museum …

£41
The Iona Inn
The Iona Inn

15 - 19 Spencer Road, Londonderry BT47 6AA

3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (66 reviews)

Located in the heart of Londonderry, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Craigavon Bridge, Derry City Walls, and …

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Pocket Guide: Portnablagh Ards Forest Park Hotels

If you decide to base yourself in one of the many hotels or guesthouses Donegal has to offer, you’ll find yourself handily placed to explore the county’s amazing coastal landscape, beautiful scenery and wide range of attractions.

Anyone wanting to stretch their legs and enjoy some of the region’s best rural scenery should head to Ards Forest Park. It is located on the small Ards Peninsula about 50 miles from Donegal Town and, if you have a car, is easily reached via the N56 and N15. Expect the journey to take about 75 minutes.

Hotels Close to Nature

The park sits on the shores of Sheephaven Bay, a broad shallow inlet on County Donegal’s north coast that is well protected by the Rosguill Peninsula to the east and Horn Head to the west. The village of Creeslough and small town of Dunfanaghy sit close by.

One of Ireland’s most beautiful and varied forest parks, it covers almost 1,200 acres and is home to a rich diversity of plants and wildlife. The woods are home to several native species, including ash, birch and sessile oak, and you may encounter otters, hedgehogs and foxes during your visit.

Hours can be spent exploring its sandy beaches, nature walks and riverbanks. When you need a rest you can stop off at one of the picnic points or, if the kids still have energy to burn, at the park’s play area.

There are a number of signposted walks, including an arts heritage trail which is just over two miles long, a nature trail and green trail that are just under two miles in length and an eight-mile long red trail. The trails feature various viewing points where you can stop off for a rest and take photographs.

Hotels and History

Many features of historical and archaeological interest are revealed in the park. These include the remains of four ring forts, a number of megalithic tombs and the Ague Well, which is said to have holy powers. You may also come across a Mass rock, where services were held in defiance of the penal laws once imposed in Ireland.

The southern part of the peninsula was taken over by Capuchin monks in 1930 and the grounds of their friary are open to the public. It can be found off the N56, about three miles south-east of Dunfanaghy.

Around Ards Forest Park

Anglers, golfers and horse riders are all well catered for around Ards Forest Park. There are rivers full of fish, some great golf courses and lots of bridleways waiting to be explored. If you want to build a sandcastle or take a dip in the sea, Blue Flag beaches can be found at Killahoey and Marblehill.

Hotels Close By

The Ards Peninsula is a beautiful part of Ireland and it is well worth staying over if you want to enjoy everything the area has to offer. Check out the accommodation in Dunfanaghy, where you’ll find an interesting mix of hotels, bed and breakfasts, self-catering properties and budget hostels.

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