Donegal, Ireland

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

I've been to the Ireland more times than I can remember. Normally we stay in Mayo or Sligo because that's where our family are but we recently took a trip to see my sister's godmother in Donegal Town. 

Where is Donegal?
Donegal is in the north west of Ireland. Confusingly, Donegal is in the north of Ireland but it is actually the 'south' as it is the Republic of Ireland. We flew into Knock Airport and then drove up to Donegal Town.

How long did you stay?
3 days, 2 nights.

Where did you stay?
We stayed at the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town. There was a real 'old fashioned' feel about the hotel. The staff were brilliant - they couldn't do enough for us and were so friendly. 
There is a 'nightclub' (a bar and live music) on a Saturday night. All ages were there. It didn't bother us at all because we were out, but our friends requested that our room would be at the back of the hotel, just in case any of the noise carried.

What did you do?
We stopped off in Sligo Town to nip into a couple of shops on the way back from the airport. We made sure to visit Dunnes Stores as they don't have it in England.

We were so lucky because whilst we were in Ireland, the stuff of legends happened...we had a sunny day! We took full advantage of this and went for a long walk on Narin/Portnoo beach. It took about an hour and was just perfect (especially after a full Irish breakfast!)

Donegal Town has a lot of shops and in the short time that I was there I managed to do some serious damage to my bank account. I bought a beautiful tweed jacket from Irish House. There is also Magees, a shop favoured by my Grandad, who had wonderful - and expensive - taste.

We visited Ardara (this is where we were when I found out that one of my best friends had got engaged!!) There are a couple of shops to visit here but I would recommend visiting Nancy's for some famous fish chowder. It is the best little pub, just like you're walking into somebody's living room...and the food is soooo good!

Food and Drink
For the short time that we were in Donegal, we ate A LOT.

On the way back from the airport, we stopped off for a coffee in Strandhill, Sligo. Visit Shells Cafe for coffee and scones.

On the first night we went for an Indian at Chandpur which was brilliant.

Our second night, eight of us went for a meal at La Bella Donna. The food - and wine - was delicious and the staff were so friendly. From what we gathered, it gets really busy so if you're wanting to eat on a Friday or Saturday night, go earlier rather than later...and book!!

After our long walk on the beach, we stopped for a coffee at Carnaween. It has a wonderful view over the bay. The landlady stopped for a chat and we she had to step into a meeting so told us to help ourselves if we needed anything else.

Nancy's in Ardara has the most wonderful food. It really is like stepping into somebody's house.

The weekend in Donegal had everything that we needed to go away and feel, friends and a good walk on the beach. The fact that the weather held off was a big bonus!

Until next time, Ireland.


  1. Ahhh it looks lovely, so cosy and quaint and the rolling countryside so perfect too!! Your photos are beautiful, I love how you captured it :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
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    1. Thank you so much for reading - and thank you for taking the time to comment. I've followed you on Bloglovin :) xx


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