Top Trending Hotels Near Beltany Stone Circle

See all 79 Hotels near Beltany Stone Circle
Nectar Logo

Get 200 Nectar points when you book your hotel

Simply enter your Nectar card number when prompted. Your points will be credited 30 days after you return from your trip.

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 …

£51
per 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 …

£53
per night
Bishop's Gate Hotel
Bishop's Gate Hotel

24 Bishop Street, Londonderry BT48 6PP

5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Londonderry, this luxury hotel is steps from The Masonic Hall, Diamond, and Derry City Walls. Tower …

£89
per night
The City Hotel Derry
The City Hotel Derry

Queens Quay, Londonderry BT487AS

4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Londonderry hotel is located on a river, within a 5-minute walk of Harbour Museum and Tower Museum. …

£60
per 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 …

£47
per night
Bridge Bed & Breakfast
Bridge Bed & Breakfast

3 Dacre Terrace, Londonderry BT48 6JU

3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Londonderry, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Hands Across the Divide and Derry City Walls. …

Get Rates
Beech Hill Country House Hotel
Beech Hill Country House Hotel

32 Ardmore Road Derry, Londonderry BT47 3QP

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Drumahoe, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Ness Wood and within 3 mi (5 km) of Derry City Walls and Diamond. …

£85
per night
Everglades Hotel
Everglades Hotel

Prehen Road, Londonderry BT47 2NH

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Londonderry, this golf hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Riverwatch Aquarium and Visitor Centre, Derry City Walls, …

£63
per 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 …

£60
per 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, …

£61
per night
Hide content

Pocket Guide: Raphoe Beltany Stone Circle Hotels

County Donegal is famed for its dramatic coastline and beautiful countryside, but it is also a region that is steeped in ancient history, with hundreds of historic sites helping to paint a vivid picture of what life was like in the area thousands of years ago.

The beauty is that they can be explored from virtually anywhere, as you are never far from a welcoming, affordable hotel, guesthouse, bed and breakfast or hostel. If you are a history buff, delving into the past has never been so easy as you are guaranteed to find a perfect place to stay.

Hotels Close to Ancient History

One of the finest historic sites in the region can be found just south of the agricultural town of Raphoe, located in the fertile district of East Donegal known as the Laggan.

The Beltany Stone Circle dates from the late Bronze Age, around 1400-800 BC, and is made up of 64 stones positioned around a low earth platform or tumulus situated at the summit of Tops Hill. Experts believe that, originally, there may have been up to 80 stones on the site. Many of the existing ones now stand on an angle after being disturbed about 100 years ago.

The circle is just over 44 metres in diameter and it is thought it may have been a burial cairn. It contains some truly monumental stones and one of them, a triangular slab, features a number of cupmarks, while others have worn into fascinating shapes.

The name Beltany comes from the spring festival of Beltane, which is associated with the lighting of hilltop fires in a rekindling of the sun. A carved stone head discovered at the site is likely to date from the pre-Christian Iron Age, indicating that it may have been in use for many centuries after it was built.

Out and About

Raphoe itself is well worth a visit for its castle and cathedral. The castle was built in the 1630s and, although today it is little more than a shell, it is still an impressive looking fortress. It has a fascinating history - it was laid siege to during the Irish Rebellion of 1641 and was captured by Cromwell’s troops in 1650 before being damaged by supporters of King James II some 20 years later.

The town’s cathedral was built in the 1730s but is notable for several 9th century stone blocks which can be found in the porch and north wall, while the south-east corner dates from the 12th Century.

If you’re staying in the Raphoe area make sure you pay a visit to nearby Glenveagh National Park, home to a Scottish-style castle surrounded by one of Ireland’s finest gardens and 10,000 square miles of walking country full of lakes, bogs and oak and birch forest.

Choices of Hotel

There is a range of accommodation to suit every budget in and around Raphoe but if you want more choice you could check out what’s on offer in County Donegal’s biggest town, Letterkenny, which is about a 20-minute drive away.

false