Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Site in Carndonagh

Donagh Cross

The intricate 7th-century Donagh Cross (also called St Patrick's Cross) stands under a shelter by an Anglican church at the west end of town. It's carved with a darling short-bodied, big-eyed figure of Jesus, smilin…
Top Choice Castle in Greencastle

Northburgh Castle

Once known as Northburg Castle and then known as Greencastle, apparently from the stone it was constructed from (but today it very well describes the copious ivy that covers its walls), this imposing but badly crumb…
Top Choice Seafood in Greencastle

Kealy's Seafood Bar

Family-run for over 25 years, 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 culi…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Buncrana

Beach House

With picture windows overlooking the lough, this cafe-restaurant can easily be your destination for the day. The seasonal menu focuses on simple flavours superbly executed: there's everything from burgers to seafood…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Malin Head

Banba's Crown

On the northernmost tip of Malin Head, called Banba's Crown, stands a cumbersome 1805 clifftop tower that was built by the British admiralty and later used as a Lloyds signal station. Around it are concrete huts tha…
Museum in Clonmany & Ballyliffin

Doagh Famine Village

Set in a reconstructed village of thatched cottages, this open-air museum is packed with fascinating titbits about the tragic Famine of the mid-19th century, and insightful comparisons with famine-stricken countries…
Museum in Inishowen Peninsula

Fort Dunree

Fort Dunree is the best preserved and most dramatic of six forts built by the British on Lough Swilly following the 1798 uprising of the United Irishmen (which was supported by France), when fears of a French invasi…
Museum in Greencastle

Inishowen Maritime Museum & Planetarium

An eccentric collection of artefacts awaits at this museum in a former coastguard station on a grassy verge right by the waterfront. The most fascinating exhibits are from the sunken wrecks of Lough Foyle exploring …
Historic Building in Buncrana

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 …
Pub in Clonmany & Ballyliffin

Rusty Nail

While you might be tempted to sun yourself at the picnic table out the front, you should step inside this atmospheric pub for an excellent meal – it has all the classics and they're great. There's live music many ni…