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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
avg/night
Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa
Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa

1 Lough Eske, Donegal

5.0 out of 5.0

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. …

£160
avg/night
Kee's Hotel, Leisure & Wellness Centre
Kee's Hotel, Leisure & Wellness Centre

Main Street, Stranorlar

3.0 out of 5.0

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

£63
avg/night
McGettigan's Hotel Letterkenny
McGettigan's Hotel Letterkenny

100 Main Street, Letterkenny

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Letterkenny Leisure Centre, Letterkenny Cathedral, and …

£44
avg/night
Harvey's Point Hotel
Harvey's Point Hotel

Lough Eske, Donegal

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the waterfront, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Lough Eske and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Ardnamona …

£143
avg/night
Carey's Viking House Hotel
Carey's Viking House Hotel

Belcruit, Kincasslagh

3.0 out of 5.0

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

£71
avg/night
The Abbey Hotel Donegal
The Abbey Hotel Donegal

The Diamond, Donegal

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Donegal, this hotel is steps from Diamond Obelisk, Killaghtee Old Church, and Donegal Castle. O'Donnel's Castle …

£66
avg/night
Ramada Da Vinci's Hotel
Ramada Da Vinci's Hotel

15 Culmore Road, Londonderry BT48 8JB

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Brunswick Moviebowl, Tower Museum, and Museum of Free Derry an …

£46
avg/night
Station House Hotel
Station House Hotel

Lower Main Street, Letterkenny

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Letterkenny, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Amazonas Outdoor - Indoor Airsoft Firing Range and …

£58
avg/night
Mount Errigal Hotel Conference & Leisure Centre
Mount Errigal Hotel Conference & Leisure Centre

Ballyraine, Letterkenny 60140

3.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Letterkenny hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Letterkenny Town Council Public Services Centre, …

£49
avg/night
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Pocket Guide: Ballybofey Balor Arts Centre Hotels

When you feel like taking a break from exploring County Donegal’s amazing landscape you can seek out one of its many top class entertainment venues. Whether your passion is film, theatre, music or art, you are never far from a town offering something to enjoy.

One of Donegal’s finest venues, the Balor Arts Centre, can be found in Ballybofey. If you are looking to stay locally, the town has plenty of accommodation to choose from, including three and four star hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts. There are also lots of options in neighbouring Stranorlar.

Hotels and Entertainment

Balor Arts Centre, located in Main Street, was founded in 1982 and has the unique distinction of being both Donegal’s oldest continuously running theatre and the county’s newest purpose-built arts venue - the centre moved into the building in 2008.

It is operated by a local group, the Butt Drama Circle, and its dedicated volunteers have made it a thriving centre for the community. It hosts the circle’s own productions and is also a popular venue with touring artistes, staging more than 100 top quality theatre, music and comedy performances every year. Leading Irish and international acts such as Josh Ritter, Damien Dempsey, Lisa Hannigan and Bell X1 are among those to have graced its stage.

The centre is in the heart of Ballybofey, a town well served by the N15 and N13 national primary routes. Free public car parking is available directly opposite the venue and there are plenty of on-street spaces around the theatre.

Out and About

Ballybofey is located on the south bank of the River Finn and along with Stranorlar, which sits on the north side of the river, they form what is known locally as the Twin Towns.

The towns, linked by an arched bridge, are popular with anglers who are drawn in by the plentiful stocks of fish in the river separating the two. The Finn is regarded as one of the best salmon and sea trout rivers in Europe and a stretch of it is owned by Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall.

Drumboe Wood, which is looked after by the national forestry authority, offers a tranquil, picturesque walk along the river and a section of the route passes the ruins of the old Drumboe Castle.

Peace and quiet is also provided in abundance at Trusk Lough, a small, pretty lake about seven miles from the twin towns. If you’re feeling energetic you can tackle a walk stretching for more than eight miles or, alternatively, it’s simply a great place to watch the sun go down.

A little further afield lie the popular tourist spots of Donegal Town, Bundoran and Beleek, while a beautiful beach can be found at Rossnowlagh.

Hotel Choices

The twin towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar are well catered for when it comes to comfortable, affordable accommodation but there are alternatives nearby. Donegal Town in particular is a good place to look as many of its hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts can be found around a central pedestrianised area.

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