Bundoran is a big hit with families who are looking for a fun-filled holiday destination and a chance to kick back and relax on the beach. It is also the surf capital of Ireland, pulling in visitors who want to experience the raw power of the Atlantic Ocean.
County Donegal’s busiest seaside resort by some distance, Bundoran is full of things to see and do and offers plenty of choice when it comes to high quality, affordable accommodation. In the summer, the town revels in a party atmosphere and its numerous hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts and hostels cater for a diverse crowd.
Set in the south of the county and overlooking magnificent Donegal Bay, many of Bundoran’s more luxurious hotels enjoy far-reaching views of the coast. If you want luxury you’ll find hotels with golf courses, fitness and leisure facilities, bars and gourmet-style restaurants. If your budget is a bit tighter, there are lots of places to suit all pockets in the centre of town, and many of them are handily located close to the beach.
Hotels for Surfers
With thousands of surfers descending on Bundoran every year, you’d expect to find plenty of businesses in the town that cater for a young, beach-loving crowd.
One of the most popular, the Bundoran Surf Co, can be found in Main Street. A surf school, lodge and shop, it was set up in 2005 and prides itself on providing the best tuition and surfing-related information all year round. It also runs its own surf academy as well as an after-school surf club.
There are lots of beaches in the area that are great for watersports; whether you love swimming, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing, snorkelling or scuba diving, there’s something for you.
Bundoran is lucky enough to have two beaches. The main one has been attracting holidaymakers for over 100 years and is watched by lifeguards in the summer. Tullan Strand is best for surfing but it doesn’t get patrolled. Rossnowlagh, five miles from Ballyshannon, is another popular surfing haunt. Families tend to head to the calmer beaches of Murvagh and Mullaghmore while Streedagh beach has something for everyone.
Out and About
Once listed by National Geographic magazine as one of the world’s top 20 surf towns, Bundoran is a great place to explore on foot, with lots of coastal walks providing a chance to enjoy the views that County Donegal is so famous for. Two seafront attractions, Waterworld and Bundoran Adventure Park, are a big hit with families.
Kayaking and canoeing are among the activities on offer at Donegal Adventure Centre or you can take a trip across Donegal Bay by hopping on board one of the regular waterbuses that provide 75-minute tours taking in seal-inhabited islands and a number of historic sites.
Hotels for Everyone
With its mix of surf, sand and family-oriented fun, Bundoran is a great holiday destination and, whatever your plans may be, you’ll have plenty of choice when it comes to choosing the perfect place to stay.