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Beach House

With picture windows overlooking the lough, this aptly named cafe-restaurant can easily be your destination for the day. The seasonal menu focuses on simple flavours superbly executed. There's everything from burger…
Pub in Buncrana

Atlantic Bar

Dating from 1792, this tidy Guinness-coloured (cream and black) watering hole is Buncrana's oldest and most atmospheric pub.
Pub in Buncrana


A central hub for locals and visitors, this old-world pub is a friendly spot and has live traditional music every Wednesday night (more often in summer).
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O'Doherty's Keep

At the northern end of the seafront, the picture-perfect early 18th-century, six-arched Castle Bridge leads to these tower house ruins originally built by the O'Dohertys, the local chiefs, in 1430. It was burned by …
Historic Building in Buncrana

Buncrana Castle

At the side of O'Doherty's Keep is the manor-like 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.
Historic Building in Buncrana

Ned's Point Fort

Walk 500m from O'Doherty's Keep (turn left and stick to the shoreline) to find squat Ned's Point Fort (1812), built by the British and now under siege from graffiti vandals.