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Named after a 5th century warrior called Seannach, who was killed in the area, Ballyshannon is the oldest town in Ireland. The island of Inis Saimer, in the Erne Estuary, is believed to be the site of the landing of Ireland’s first inhabitants, with Partholon, a chieftain from Scythia (near modern Macedonia) reputed to have arrived here around 2700 B.C.
The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival commemorates Ireland’s best-loved rock and blues guitarist, who was born in Ballyshannon in 1948. Gallagher died in June 1995, and the festival was established in 2002, paying tribute to the star over the June bank holiday weekend.
Taking place over the August bank holiday weekend since 1977, the annual Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival celebrates first-class traditional and folk music in the streets, pubs, and theatre of Ballyshannon. The festival offers big-name acts, pub sessions, street entertainment, workshops, and an annual showcase competition.
The Donegal Bay & Blue Stacks festival comes to Donegal Town and Ballyshannon during September and October, offering a busy programme of theatre, visual arts, readings, events for children and schools, carnival workshops and performance, in addition to top-class traditional, classical, country, and rock music.
The Allingham Arts weekend has featured on Ballyshannon’s cultural calendar since the 1970s, with an emphasis on writing as an art form, but the festival has been re-established recently with a greater focus on the arts. Taking place in early November, the tribute to poet William Allingham now also features fine art, music, performing arts, and cooking.
A range of fishing options is available on the rivers and lakes around Ballyshannon and out on Donegal Bay. Salmon, grilse, sea trout, and wild brown trout are all fished on the rivers Erne, Eany, Eske, and Finn, with the Eany being particularly good for summer grilse and sea trout. Charter boats are available from Creevy Pier for half/full day or evening mackerel fishing. Bait and tackle are provided.
The National Watersports Training Centre is based at the Lakeside Activity & Adventure Centre. Just 0.5km from the town, on the shores of Assaroe Lake, the centre is available for windsurfing, sailing, orienteering, canoeing, kayaking, archery, cliff jumping and a range of other activities, whether you want instruction or you’re bringing your own gear.
The Abbey centre started life as a cinema in 1959, but it has expanded its operations in the meantime and now offers a varied programme of theatre, music, dance, film, comedy, visual arts, and education to the people of south and west Donegal, and to the communities of Leitrim, north Sligo, Fermanagh, and Tyrone.
Catsby Cave, just outside Ballyshannon, is a place where mass was said during Penal Times, when the practice was forbidden. More of an opening in a wall of rock than a cave, it contains a large hollow for holy water and a smaller one for blessed salt. The priest would have stood in the cave with the congregation gathered on the open ground in front of it.
Also known as the Abbey Well, St. Patrick’s Well is situated not far from the village of Ballyshannon. It is believed that St. Patrick visited the area and stayed there because he received a warm welcome. The well is a place of pilgrimage, particularly on August 15th, and pilgrims leave votive offerings. Nearby is the restored Abbey Mill, which houses a cafe.
Ireland’s oldest town, Ballyshannon is a place with a multilayered history and architecture, and you can now explore its political, ecclesiastical and maritime significance on a trio of heritage routes. The starting point for all three trails is Mall Quay, once a busy port, with the walks ranging from a 1.2km blue trail, a 1.8km purple trail, and a 2.7km green trail.
8.6km from Ballyshannon
This beautiful, modern dormer bungalow is located in a peaceful, private area midway between Bundoran and Kinlough. The bungalow has three bedrooms - two double ensuite and one twin room. One double room is located on the ground floor for ease of access.
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6.3km from Ballyshannon
Located on the outskirts of Bundoran, Ireland’s surf capital, each of these properties has been designed with guests' comfort in mind. These Donegal Bay properties are situated one minute's walk from the Atlantic coast and 10 minutes' walk from restaurants, pubs, and visitor attractions. The location is also an ideal base for surfing, golfing, horse riding, deep-sea angling, cycling, and walking holidays.
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With glorious views of Benbulben Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean just a few short paces away, you'll enjoy a tranquil yet exhilarating holiday on Donegal Bay. Located on the fringe of Bundoran, Ireland’s surf capital, each of these properties has been designed with guests' comfort in mind.
7.2km from Ballyshannon
Stay in a dormer bungalow on a three-acre site with garden near the pretty village of Kinlough, and enjoy spectacular views of the Dartry mountains and Lough Melvin from the outdoor deck. The house has three bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a separate dining room. There is an upstairs bathroom and downstairs toilet, as well as a separate modern shower room. The spacious sitting room features a large open fire.
Stay at this fully-equipped, modern bungalow on its own gated grounds in Bundoran. Ideal for families, it features y three comfortable bedrooms - one of which is ensuite - and both a cot and high chair can be supplied if required.
This fully equipped cottage has two bedrooms, one of which is ensuite. There are two electric showers and a hand basin, as well as a lounge with open fire. A high chair is available on request.
4.4km from Ballyshannon
This authentic 18th-century stone gem is located in the lively town of Ballyshannon, County Donegal. Each of its rental properties has three bedrooms, some with en-suite facilities. The building is set in a scenic, tranquil area, surrounded by mature trees and offering every modern convenience.
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5.6km from Ballyshannon
Each of these 58 holiday apartments has been designed to the very highest standard, combining luxury, practicality and respect for tradition, with the emphasis on guests' needs. Each apartment comprises 2 bedrooms: one double room ensuite and one twin-bed room with separate bathroom.
8km from Ballyshannon
This large two-storey fully refurbished farmhouse is conveniently situated close to Rossnowlagh Beach, Murvagh Golf Course, and Donegal Town. Ideal for country walking, fishing, and surfing, it is also centrally located for touring of the northwest region. Private parking and ample safe playing space for children are provided.
Your comfort is of paramount importance at these holiday homes on Donegal Bay. Located on the fringe of Bundoran, Ireland’s surf capital, the properties are one minute's walk from the Atlantic coast and 10 minutes' walk from restaurants, pubs, and visitor attractions. The location is also an ideal base for surfing, golfing, horse riding, deep-sea angling, cycling, and walking holidays.
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