Zephyr Lodge Bed and Breakfast Accommodation, Bundoran, Co Donegal

Bundoran, County Donegal

Bundoran has been the destination choice of tourists since the 18th century. It has everything expected of a seaside town along with breathtaking countryside, stunning coastlines, offering peace and relaxation.

Annual festivals in and around Bundoran provide excellent opportunities for international visitors to make friends easily. These include Sea Sessions, Rory Gallagher Festival, October Country Music Festival and Ballyshannon Folk Festival to name but a few.

With many traditional Irish pubs offering live music, nightclubs, shows, restaurants, it is easy to find something to do during the evenings.

Around Bundoran

Donegal borders with counties  Sligo, Leitrim,  Derry, Fermanagh and Tyrone, making it the perfect platform to visit some of Ireland’s most beautiful and untouched counties.  Below is information on some of our recommended places to visit as well as some interesting facts about Donegal.

  • Donegal County has six hundred and fifty kilometres of rugged coastline and sandy beaches to explore.
  • Tory Island off of Donegal has a King. This is a unique tradition that does not exist anywhere else in Ireland. The current Rí Thoraí (Irish for King of Tory) is painter Patsaí Dan Mac Ruaidhrí (Patsy Dan Rodgers in English). The king has no formal powers; though duties include being a spokesperson for the island community and welcoming people to the island. The total population of the Island is under 200.
  • Donegal has the second-largest Gaeltacht(where Irish is the first language) area in the whole of Ireland.
  • Some famous people that have hailed from Donegal include the world famour singer Enya, the renowned trad group Clannad, country and western crooner Daniel O Donnnell, rock legend Rory Gallagher and for those of literary interest the poet William Allingham.

Places To Visit

Whichever course is chosen, Bundoran provides a good base for travelling around Ireland.  Students at Donegal Language School can easily visit some of Ireland’s major cities and cultural sites.

  • Sligo  30 minutes
  • Derry  1.5 hours
  • Galway  2.5hours
  • Belfast  2.5hours
  • Dublin  3 hours

So why not explore Slieve League cliffs situated on the West coast of Donegal, the highest and finest marine cliffs in Europe with a 600m drop straight into the wild  Atlantic waves below or for the literary enthusiasts Yeats country is only a 15 minute drive and for wildlife fans why not check out the golden eagles or red deer at Glenveagh National Park.

Below is information on some of our weekly cultural excursions and some other must sees when in the Bundoran area.

Glenveagh National Park

Ireland’s largest national park and home to Glenveagh Castle, with its fine gardens. Set in 16,540 hectares of mountains, lakes and waterfalls, there is a visitor centre and audio visual display. Located just outside Letterkenny, 70 minutes drive from Bundoran.

Glenveagh, Co Donegal, Ireland
+353 (0)74 – 91 37090

Ulster – American Folk Park

One hour drive to enjoy a few hours of living history. The authentically furnished thatched cottages and American frontier cabins recreate the lives of 17th and 18th century emigrants. The emigrant ship and museum are just another part of what is one of Ireland’s finest visitor attractions.

Castletown, Omagh, Co Tyrone
048 822 43292
www.folkpark.com

Boda borg and Lough Key National Park

Bodaborg offers indoor puzzle rooms and is about 1.5 hours from Bundoran. Once you enter the two-storey Boda Borg only temwork, ingenuity, trial and error and skills you probably didn’t know you have will allow you to progress through its 47 rooms! It contains fun filled activities, imaginative puzzles and enjoyable tasks but no instructions. Lough Key National Park also offers beautiful walks, boat trips and picnic areas and a tree canopy walk to explore.

Carrick on Shannon

In the afternoon you can take in some shopping in Carrick on Shannon, a nearby town which offers some small shops and marina views.

Slieve League Cliffs

Visit Europe’s highest sea cliffs at Slieve League. You can walk or drive to the top for breath taking views and historical information. Glencolmcille Folk Village portrays Donegal’s cottage dwellings over a span of three centuries, with a schoolhouse, craft shop and sheebeen, one also enjoys the scenic beauty of Glen and its coastline.

www.glenfolkvillage.com

Donegal Bay Waterbus

Enjoy the beauty of Donegal Bay, the islands and the seal colony on this state of the art waterbus. Departs from the pier in Donegal Town. 25 minutes drive from Bundoran.

Tel: +353 (0)74 – 97 23666
www.donegalbaywaterbus.com

Donegal Castle

Built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century, beside the River Eske, the Castle has extensive 17th century additions by Sir Basil Brooke. The Castle is furnished throughout and includes Persian rugs and French tapestries. Information panels chronicle the history of the Castle owners from the O’Donnell chieftains to the Brooke family. Located in Donegal Town, 20 minutes drive from Bundoran.

Donegal Town, Co Donegal, Ireland
+353 (0)74 – 97 22405

Marble Arch Caves

The caves are one of Europe’s finest show caves allowing visitors to explore a fascinating natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers. Located 45 minutes drive from Bundoran, they are open from mid March to September.

Florencecourt, Co Fermangh
048 – 6634 8855
www.marblearchcaves.net

Just a few kms from Marble Arch Caves is Florencecourt House, a magnificent Georgian mansion open to the public.

Enniskillen Town – County Fermanagh

A very nice 55 minute drive along the shores of Lough Erne, will bring you to Enniskillen. A fine shopping town and a visit to the Buttermarket is a must, with its quaint layout of craft shops and stalls.

Yeats Grave – County Sligo

Just 15 minutes from Zephyr Lodge, Irish poet William Butler Yeats chose this peaceful churchyard at Drumcliffe in County Sligo as his final resting place, with it’s stunning location at the foot of Benbulben mountain. The graveyeard has the remains of a round tower and a high cross constructed in the 11th when there was a Christian monastery on site. The monastery was founded by Saint Columcille (Columba) in 574.

Mullaghmore & Lissadell House

Mullaghmore, Co.Sligo, is a picturesque village, 10 minutes drive from Bundoran, with a quaint harbour and beautiful sandy beach. The village is set on a peninsula which forms one side of the mouth of Donegal Bay. It is dominated by the striking isolation of Classiebawn Castle, once the summer residence of Lord Mountbatten, great-grandson of Queen Victoria and the last Viceroy of India. A drive around Mullaghmore Head is rewarded by fantastic views of Donegal Bay and Innishmurray Island, once the site of a 6th century Christian monastery. Mullaghmore is a popular sailing and diving centre and is heaven for lobster, fresh from the pots.

Lissadell House

Near Carney, Co Sligo, was the home of the Gore Booth family and was built in 1834. Most remembered family members are Eva, as a leading Suffragette, and Constance, Countess Markievicz, for her part in the 1916 Easter Rising and who was elected to the British House of Commons in 1917, but never took her seat, instead helping to form the first Dail Eireann. The poet W.B. Yeats was a frequent visitor to the house, and is buried nearby in Drumcliffe, under Benbulben Mountain.

E-mail: +353 (0)71 – 91 63150
lissadellhouse@aol.com

Giants Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, is a World Heritage Site. Resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, this is the focal point of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has attracted visitors for centuries. It harbours a wealth of local and natural history that can be enjoyed from the North Antrim Coastal Path. It is a two and a half hour drive from Bundoran, through historic Derry City, and would require a full day to complete the round trip. Then again, it is regarded as one of the Wonders of the Natural World.

Sligo Town

Sligo, just 30 minutes drive from Bundoran, is the area’s main shopping and commercial centre. It has many sites of historical interest and a scenic location on the shores of Lough Gill.

Glencolmcille Folk Village Museum

The Glencolmcille Folk Village Museum is a cluster of small cottages, called a ‘clachan’, perched on a hillside overlooking a sandy curve of nearby Glenbay beach. Each cottage represents a different era of Irish history – from the 17th, 18th and 19th century. In 2011 two new exhibition houses were opened-a traditional thatched shop/pub with a shoemakers in the lower room, and a fishermans cottage. The cottage represents the living conditions of a fisherman’s dwelling.