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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 Modern Irish in Rosguill Peninsula

Olde Glen Bar & Restaurant

Authentic down to its original 1700s stone floor, this traditional pub serves a fine pint. Its farmhouse-style restaurant serves outstanding blackboard specials. Food is sourced locally so expect top-quality seafood…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Buncrana

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…
Top Choice Beach in Portsalon & Fanad Head

Ballymastocker Beach

Once named the second most beautiful beach in the world by the British newspaper the Observer, this tawny-coloured Blue Flag beach is a fine place to while away the hours.
Top Choice Historic Site in Carndonagh

Donagh Cross

The intricate 7th-century Donagh 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, smiling impishly. Flanking the cross ar…
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…
Top Choice Beach in Culdaff & Around

Culdaff Beach

This Blue Flag beach is good for swimming and windsurfing. You can wander its gorgeous length and get lost in the grassy sand dunes. There's a fun playground.
Irish in Rathmelton

Bridge Bar

The Bridge Bar is one of those lovely old country pubs you came to see in Ireland. Its cosy 1st-floor restaurant has classic Irish steak and seafood dishes. Be sure to try the excellent beers from Kinnegar Craft Bre…
Arts & Crafts in Greencastle

Malin Pebbles

Local semiprecious stones are transformed into jewellery and unusual gifts by Petra Watzka at her workshop, 100m uphill from the ferry.
Pub in Malin Head


This treasure of an old-time pub on the east corner of the village green has the best craic in Malin and often has live music. Grab a table on its outdoor side terrace for lovely views of the estuary and old arched …