The largest town in County Donegal, Letterkenny is popular with students and young professionals and, with its thriving arts scene and buzzing nightlife, offers visitors a warm, lively welcome.
It has a wide range of comfortable, affordable accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, from three and four star boutique-style hotels to guesthouses and hostels, with many of them conveniently located around the town centre.
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On the doorstep of some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in Ireland, this busy market town has plenty of pubs, nightclubs and restaurants to suit everyone. It is also, arguably, the best shopping venue in the north-west. Main Street is home to lots of traditional shops and is the ideal place to wander for a few hours. Long and sloping and featuring an appealing little market square halfway down, it is the most attractive part of Letterkenny.
A striking terrace of red-brick Georgian houses, one of which provided a holiday retreat for Maud Gonne, the well-known feminist, revolutionary and actress who is probably best remembered as the lover of poet WB Yeats, can be found at the top of Main Street.
With a population of about 18,000, the town is home to shopping centres, craft stores, stalls, galleries and coffee houses with an attractive park, complete with play areas, herb garden, orchard, bowling green and garden of remembrance, providing the perfect place to relax.
Attractions Close to Letterkenny’s Hotels
St. Eunan’s Cathedral, the only cathedral in the county, is certainly worth a visit. It dominates the skyline and the square in which it stands is home to the largest Celtic cross in Europe.
Letterkenny is also home to Donegal County Museum, set in a former 19th century workhouse built to offer famine relief. Temporary exhibits stand alongside an impressive permanent collection of more than 8,000 artefacts dating back to prehistoric times. It also has a cinema, theatre and a regional cultural centre that plays host to fine art and multimedia exhibits as well as film screenings, music and drama.
County Donegal is the starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way, a world-famous driving route which takes in 1,500 miles of breathtaking coastal scenery along Ireland’s western seaboard. Head for the Inishowen Peninsula to begin an unforgettable journey.
Set aside time to pay a visit to Glenveagh National Park, 10,000 square miles of fabulous walking country brimming with lakes, bogs and oak and birch forest. You’ll also find a Scottish-style castle surrounded by one of Ireland’s finest gardens and, if you’re lucky, you may spot a golden eagle.
Spoilt for Hotel Choice
There are plenty of options when it comes to finding somewhere to stay in Letterkenny. With its wide selection of hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts in the town centre you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect place to set up base. If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle, there are also plenty of venues to choose from on the outskirts of town.