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Run by a friendly couple, this cheap, cheerful cafe serves staples like freshly ground burgers. Upstairs, the four guestrooms, each with private bath, are happy little dens and very tidy (single/double €32/56)...
Attached to the heritage centre, this little cafe is a local favourite and serves a good selection of hot dishes such as quiche and lasagne as well as a luscious selection of desserts. Home-baked loaves to take away.
Owner Margaret grew up on these premises and her pub is the town's living room, especially on Friday mornings when a market sets up outside the front door, and during July and August when there's traditional music.
Chunky seafood chowder with brandy, and roast duck breast with Chinese spices are among the highlights of the select menu at this promising newcomer. The dining room opens to an aperitif-friendly alfresco terrace.
Watch your head! All sorts of bric-a-brac hangs precariously from the ceiling of Letterkenny's most atmospheric pub. It's popular with a young student crowd at weekends but is a good spot for a quiet midweek pint.
This surfers hang-out, crammed with wave-related bric-a-brac, has a decent menu of classic pub grub that includes excellent homemade burgers...
A summer school is held in August in honour of plucky Patrick MacGill (1891–1963), the ‘navvy poet’ who was sold by his parents at a hiring fair, later escaped and eventually ended up writing for the English Daily E...
The Bridge Bar is one of those lovely old country pubs you came to Ireland for. Its cosy 1st-floor restaurant has classic Irish seafood dishes, such as salmon and cod, and juicy steaks with brandy sauce.
Home-baked fare including tasty potato cakes are served up at Sandra Daly’s cheerful little cafe just off the main street. This is also where breakfast’s served for guests at Sandra’s B&B diagonally opposite.
At the side of the keep is the manorlike Buncrana Castle, built in 1718 by John Vaughan, who also constructed the bridge. Wolfe Tone was imprisoned here following the unsuccessful French invasion in 1798.
If that sea air has given you an appetite, head for Mary's welcoming cafe-restaurant. Outside the summer months (June to August), opening times can vary depending on the weather (and, by extension, the ferries).
The family-run Donegal Equestrian Centre, 1km north of the town, offers rides over the dunes and along the beach (two-hour ride per adult/child €55/45) and lessons for all levels (from €40). Reserve ahead.
The scenery at this renowned golf club – designed by St Andrew's Old Tom Morris in 1891 and remodelled by Harry Vardon in 1906 – is as spectacular as the layout, which can challenge even the lowest handicapper.
Popular with local families and bleached-haired beach bums alike, this cool cafe has sofas strewn with surfing magazines and a menu that ranges from big breakfasts to bagels, cakes, smoothies and ice cream.
Set on the cliff top, the Gaslight Inn offers an extensive menu of well-cooked comfort food and spectacular views over the bay. The owners also run the Ard na Mara guesthouse, which has bright, sunny rooms.
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