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Clanree Hotel

Clanree Hotel

Derry Road, Letterkenny
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 7 hours ago
2 others viewing this property now
4.3 out of 5 (519 reviews)

This family-friendly Letterkenny hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Letterkenny Town Council Public Services Centre and Letterkenny Golf ...

£44

£44
McGettigan's Hotel Letterkenny

McGettigan's Hotel Letterkenny

100 Main Street, Letterkenny
3.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 9 hours ago
3 others viewing this property now
4.1 out of 5 (512 reviews)

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

£36

£36
Jackson's Hotel & Leisure Club

Jackson's Hotel & Leisure Club

Main Street, Ballybofey
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 day ago
3.5 out of 5 (205 reviews)

This family-friendly Ballybofey hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 15-minute walk of Balor Arts Centre and Drumboe Woods. Drumboe Castle is 1.2 mi (1.9 ...

£51

£51
Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny

Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny

Paddy Harte Road, Letterkenny
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 hours ago
2 others viewing this property now
4.4 out of 5 (374 reviews)

This family-friendly Letterkenny hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Letterkenny Golf Club and Letterkenny Cathedral. ...

£56

£56
Mount Errigal Hotel Conference & Leisure Centre

Mount Errigal Hotel Conference & Leisure Centre

Ballyraine, Letterkenny
3.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 4 days ago
5 others viewing this property now
3.7 out of 5 (149 reviews)

This family-friendly Letterkenny hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Letterkenny Town Council Public Services Centre and Letterkenny Golf Club. Letterkenny Cathedral ...

£39

£39
Villa Rose Hotel & V Spa

Villa Rose Hotel & V Spa

Main Street, Ballybofey
4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (31 reviews)

Located in the heart of Ballybofey, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Balor Arts Centre and Drumboe Woods. Drumboe Castle is 1 mi (1.5 km) away.

£54

£54
Station House Hotel

Station House Hotel

Lower Main Street, Letterkenny
3.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 4 days ago
4.2 out of 5 (130 reviews)

Situated in Letterkenny, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Letterkenny Cathedral, Letterkenny Leisure Centre, and Letterkenny Golf Club. Donegal County Museum ...

£56

£56
Kee's Hotel, Leisure & Wellness Centre

Kee's Hotel, Leisure & Wellness Centre

Main Street, Stranorlar
3.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 3 days ago
2 others viewing this property now
4.1 out of 5 (52 reviews)

Located in the heart of Stranorlar, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Drumboe Woods and Balor Arts Centre. Drumboe Castle is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away.

£55

£55
Castle Grove

Castle Grove

Ballymaleel, Off Ramelton Road, Letterkenny
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 hours ago
4.4 out of 5 (30 reviews)

Situated on a lake, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Letterkenny Town Council Public Services Centre, Letterkenny Town Park, and Donegal County Museum. Letterkenny ...

£73

£73
Ardgort Country House

Ardgort Country House

34 Lower Strabane Road, Castlederg
3.5 out of 5.0
2 others viewing this property now
4.6 out of 5 (51 reviews)

Situated in Castlederg, this bed & breakfast is 9.1 mi (14.7 km) from Newtownstewart Golf Club and within 16 mi (25 km) of Balor Arts Centre and Beltany Stone ...

£63

£63

Pocket Guide: Beltany Stone Circle 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.