Things to do in Letterkenny
Thanks to the rugged coastline, charming town centre and proximity to Glenveagh National Park, there are plenty of things to do in Letterkenny. Visit County Donegal's largest town and explore the area's culture and outstanding natural beauty.
The town itself has a quaint centre and is filled with stores offering local crafts and gift ideas, fashion boutiques, jewellery shops and more. There is also a good nightlife scene in the town with plenty of cafes, bars, and restaurants to choose from; many giving you an insight into true Irish culture.
The market square is a good starting point when exploring. Other attractions worth visiting are the majestic St. Eunan's Cathedral and the picturesque Swilly River walkway. The County Museum exhibits a range of local artefacts, which will take you on a journey though history.
Exploring County DonegalLeaving the town behind, in just 5 km, you will reach the Corn and Flax Mills where you can learn about the agricultural and industrial past of the county. The ancient site of Baltany Stone Circle, which dates back to 800 BC, is a 20 minute drive from Letterkenny. Grianan of Aileach, is a Megalithic stone fort that dates back to 1700 BC. As well as offering archaeological insights, at these monuments you will be rewarded with spectacular countryside views.
Set aside time to explore Glenveagh National Park. The park covers almost 17 hectares of mountains, lakes and woodland and includes the 19th century Glenveagh Castle. In the park, you can enjoy self-guided walks, hiking and tours of the castle.
The unmissable Wild Atlantic WayIf you are visiting Ireland to drive one of the world's most famous coastal routes, the Wild Atlantic Way, then Letterkenny is the perfect starting point. County Donegal includes the northern most tip and peninsula of the route with many key highlights. Visit Slieve League, Malin Head and Fanad Head whilst taking in the scenic coastline.
Culture and activitiesIn mid-July, Earagail Arts Festival takes place. This unique bilingual event (Gaelic and English) is the only arts festival in Ireland that offers a programme with events across the whole county. With music, theatre, visual arts, comedy, film and literature shows, there is bound to be an event that will appeal to your senses. If you like a bit of activity and healthy competition when on holiday, there are many popular golf courses in the vicinity, as well as paintball and go-karting facilities, offering great fun for family and friends.
Whether you are visiting to enjoy a break in a beautiful Irish town, or using Letterkenny as your base for exploration, this county never stops surprising. Make the Radisson Blu Hotel your base to return to after a day of sightseeing, and relax and unwind in one of the stylish and comfortable rooms.