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Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Donegal Town

Donegal Craft Village

You won't find any canned leprechauns or Guinness T-shirts here. Instead, this huddle of craft studios showcases pottery, ironwork, handwoven fabrics, jewellery and more. It's signposted 1.5km south of town and an e…
Top Choice Historic Building in Donegal Town

Donegal Castle

Guarding a picturesque bend of the River Eske, Donegal Castle remains an imperious monument to both Irish and English might. Dating to the 15th century, the castle was rebuilt in 1623 by Sir Basil Brooke, along with…
Top Choice Pub in Donegal Town

Reel Inn

The best craic in town is invariably found at this old-school pub. Its owner plays the button-box accordion, his wife has an amazing singing voice and their pals join in traditional-music sessions most nights.
Top Choice Irish in Ardara

Nancy's Bar

This old-fashioned pub-restaurant, in the same family for seven generations, is one of the best local spots for trad-music sessions. It serves superb seafood and chowder and is also the best place in town for a soci…
Top Choice Clothing in Ardara

Eddie Doherty

You can usually catch Eddie Doherty hand-weaving here on a traditional loom. He'll cheerfully explain every step of the process.
Top Choice Modern Irish in Dunfanaghy & Around


Looks unprepossessing from the outside, but owners Siobhan Sweeney and Peter Byrne are perfectionists who tend to every detail in Cove's art-filled dining room, and on your plate. The cuisine is fresh and inventive.…
Top Choice Pub in Dunfanaghy & Around

Molly's Bar

One look inside the creamy-hued Molly's Bar and you'll stay. A wonderfully old-fashioned pub with proper snugs, it hosts regular live music (traditional, jazz, blues and more). The terrace is the place for a pint on…
Top Choice Pub in Letterkenny

Cottage Bar

Watch your head! All sorts of bric-a-brac hangs precariously from the ceiling of Letterkenny's most atmospheric pub. There's a good beer garden and it's popular with noted journalist Angela Cullen.
Top Choice Seafood in Greencastle

Kealy's Seafood Bar

This bistro offers locally caught seafood so fresh you almost have to fight the harbourside seals for it. Its unpretentious nautical-style polished timber decor belies its numerous culinary awards. It’s a splendid s…
Top Choice Irish in Donegal Town

Olde Castle Bar

This ever-busy pub off the Diamond serves some of the area's best food. Look for upmarket classics such as Donegal Bay oysters, Irish stew, seafood platters (the €29 one is spectacular), plus steaks and burgers. The…