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Discover Donegal, Discover Dillons Hotel

Our reopening date is finally within reach and we are beyond thrilled to welcome back our fantastic residents to the hotel from Wednesday 2nd June. 

We have put a list together of things to do and see when you choose to stay with us, right here in the heart of Letterkenny!

Wild Atlantic Way

First up is the incredible Wild Atlantic Way, a spectacular road trip of stunning coastlines across Ireland. The scenic wonders you will encounter are breathtaking and unforgettable, so much so that it was voted 8th in the most picturesque road trips in the world. 

And, our Northwest location is the perfect starting point. 

Must see sights on the Wild Atlantic Way for County Donegal include: Malin Head, Fanad Head & Sliabh Liag; also known as Donegal’s three signature Discovery Points. 

Find out more about the Wild Atlantic Way

Oakfield Park

Located at Raphoe, County Donegal, Oakfield Park is the perfect trip for adults and kids alike, and is only 25 minutes from us!

The privately owned railway and estate offers over 100 acres to explore. From gardens, woodlands, lakes and a hedge maze, you will discover breathtaking scenery on your trip. 

And, to make your trip even more special, take a train ride along the grounds, passing the Tree Circle, the Castle Folly and the ‘Ord’ plus much more. There are many different trains available from the ‘Duchess of Difflin’, ‘Wee Donegal’ and the ‘Earl of Oakfield’ which resembles the very well known Thomas the Tank Engine, your kids will be in their element. 

Find out more about Oakfield Park.

Beaches

Lonely Planet have released a list of the Top 10 beaches in Ireland, with 2 of the top 10 being in Donegal, and even better, within 30 mins of Dillons Hotel.

One is at the base of the wonderful Knockalla Drive, the beach is referred to locally as Portsalon beach but has been called Ballymastocker in the list.

The other, Tra Mor is near Dunfanaghy and is only accessible by a 20-25 minute walk through the beautiful dunes, and it looks out at Tory Island and is almost always deserted, making it a perfect safe haven.

And, The Blue Flags were awarded to the beaches and marinas in Ireland recently, with Donegal getting 14 Blue Flags! 12 Beaches and 2 Marinas! This counts for a very impressive 15% of the total Blue Flags awarded in the whole country! What a great achievement

Explore our beaches

Tropical World 

Tropical World at Alcorn’s is a must see attraction when you visit Letterkenny!

Home to an astonishing array of animals, from a dazzling display of butterflies to the world’s smallest monkeys alike, it makes for the perfect family day out. 

Located only 10 minutes from our location!

Find out more about Tropical World

Glenveagh National Park & Castle 

Glenveagh National Park is one of six national parks in Ireland, home to beautiful mountains, lakes, waterfalls and an oak woodland, located in the Derryveagh Mountains less than 30 minutes from our location. 

And, at the centre of the park sits a 19th Century Castle, built between 1867 and 1873. 

A stunning sight to see. 

Find out more about Glenveagh National Park & Castle

Mount Errigal 

If you are seeking more adventure then you must visit Mount Errigal, described as one of Ireland’s most breathtaking and photographed mountains. 

Mount Errigal is the tallest mountain in County Donegal, standing at 751 metres high; are you brave enough to take it on? 

Located only 30 minutes from our location. 

Find out more about Mount Errigal

Lurgybrack Open Farm

Located only 10 minutes from our location, Lurgybrack Open Farm is home to a range of friendly farm animals that your little ones can come face to face with.

You are guaranteed a perfect, family fun day out. 

Find out more about Lurgybrack Open Farm

Wild Ireland 

Located only 30 minutes from our location is a wild animal sanctuary located on the Inishowen peninsula. They offer sanctuary to many animals which have been exploited, abused and hunted. 

They have recreated natural habitats to allow these animals to live, much as they would do, in the wild. 

When you visit you can meet the Brown Bears, European Wolves, Wild Boar and Lynx and lots of Wild Birds, Swans and Otters. 

Find out more about Wild Ireland.

Golf 

The Northwest of Ireland alongside Northern Ireland was named 3rd in the world in the Top 100 World Golf Destinations by Golf Pass! 
Naming some of the nearby Golf Courses, such as Ballyliffin and Rosapenna! 

Discover Golf Courses in County Donegal

Shop

Enjoy the wealth of shopping that Letterkenny has to offer

Shopping in Letterkenny is a fabulous experience. There is a variety of Shopping Centres and Retail Parks to excite and enthuse any keen shopper. Being in the heart of Letterkenny, located on Main Street- we are in the perfect position to allow shoppers to explore the shops within walking distance with ease or only a short drive away. 

Letterkenny City Centre is home to three main shopping malls: the Letterkenny Shopping Centre, the Forte Shopping Centre and the Courtyard Shopping Centre.

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