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Clanree Hotel
Clanree Hotel

Derry Road, Letterkenny 00000

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4.2 out of 5 (465 reviews)

This family-friendly Letterkenny hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Letterkenny Town Council Public …

£48
Bishop's Gate Hotel
Bishop's Gate Hotel

24 Bishop Street, Londonderry BT48 6PP

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4.9 out of 5 (76 reviews)

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

£89
City Hotel Derry
City Hotel Derry

Queens Quay, Londonderry BT487AS

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4.3 out of 5 (394 reviews)

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

£55
Da Vinci’s Hotel Derry
Da Vinci’s Hotel Derry

15 Culmore Road, Londonderry BT48 8JB

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4.3 out of 5 (236 reviews)

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

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McGettigan's Hotel Letterkenny
McGettigan's Hotel Letterkenny

100 Main Street, Letterkenny

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4.1 out of 5 (433 reviews)

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

£44
Mount Errigal Hotel Conference & Leisure Centre
Mount Errigal Hotel Conference & Leisure Centre

Ballyraine, Letterkenny 60140

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3.7 out of 5 (132 reviews)

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

£46
Maldron Hotel Derry
Maldron Hotel Derry

Butcher Street, Londonderry BT48 6HL

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4.2 out of 5 (321 reviews)

Located in the heart of Londonderry, this hotel is steps from Butcher's Gate and Diamond. Tower Museum and Museum of Free …

£57
Jackson's Hotel & Leisure Club
Jackson's Hotel & Leisure Club

Main Street, Ballybofey F93 RD40

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3.4 out of 5 (186 reviews)

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

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Beech Hill Country House Hotel
Beech Hill Country House Hotel

32 Ardmore Road Derry, Londonderry BT47 3QP

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4.6 out of 5 (119 reviews)

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

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Best Western Plus White Horse Hotel
Best Western Plus White Horse Hotel

68 Clooney Road, Londonderry BT473PA

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4 out of 5 (96 reviews)

Located in Campsie, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Campsie Karting Centre and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Enagh Lough. Diamond …

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Pocket Guide: Ballindrait Cavanacor Gallery Hotels

County Donegal may be best known for its dramatic coastline and beautiful countryside, but it’s not all rugged cliffs, beaches and woodlands. There are plenty of attractions steeped in their own rich history and there are also lots of galleries to attract art lovers - sometimes you are lucky and the two are found in one.

That is certainly the case at Cavanacor House in Lifford. Probably the finest surviving example of a plantation property in Donegal, the house is actually the ancestral home of the 11th President of the United States of America. In its grounds you’ll find a superb gallery which serves as an exhibition space for emerging and established national and international artists.

Lifford, which borders County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, is the administrative centre of County Donegal and has its fair share of comfortable and affordable places to stay.

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Since being established in 1999, Cavanacor Gallery has built up an enviable reputation and provides a real investment in contemporary art. It holds about six exhibitions a year and there is always a range of exclusive, limited edition prints on sale. It is only open on selected days, though, so it is always best to call ahead to avoid disappointment.

To date, the gallery has shown work from leading Irish artists such as Hughie O’Donoghue, Felim Egan, Deborah Brown, Neil Shawcross, Sean Fingleton, Eamon O’Kane, Carolyn Mulholland, Brian Ballard, Diarmuid Delargy and Michael Cullen. Huib Fens, Reinout Van Der Burgh, Svend Bruun, Klaus Diersen, Anita Taylor, April Kinser and Arno Kramer are among the international names to have exhibited at Cavanacor.

A House Full of History

Cavanacor House is located less than a mile outside Lifford, on the road to Letterkenny. It is one of the earliest plantation houses in the county and has been continuously occupied since the 17th Century.

In the 1690s Magdalene Tasker, who was born at Cavanacor, married Captain Robert Bruce Pollock and they and their children emigrated to America, settling in Somerset County in Maryland. The family shortened their name to Polk and Magdalene’s great-great-great-grandson, James Knox Polk, born in 1795, became US president, holding office from 1845 until his death in 1849.

The current owners, artists Eddie and Joanna Kane, have developed it as a thriving artistic centre where pottery, sculpture and painting workshops are held. The house, which has a tea room and a craft shop, enjoys a commanding view over the river Deele and is surrounded by parkland and woodland walks.

Nearby Lifford is best known for its 18th century Old Courthouse, now home to an excellent heritage centre which, with the clever use of technology, re-enacts several bona fide trials.

Where to Stay

As one of Donegal’s larger towns, Lifford has a number of hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts but, if you want to search further afield, Letterkenny provides plenty of alternatives. The twin towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar, on either side of the river Finn, are also worth checking out.

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