Inishowen Activities Page
Wherever you go in Inishowen, you will find an activity suited just for you. You may want to have a tranquil break of long beach walks with soothing spas and yoga. Or maybe an adrenaline-pumping holiday with gorge walking, surfing and having a go on some hovercrafts or power buggies.
For the golfers, we have six fantastic courses, with three in Ireland’s top 100 and for those who like horse riding there are eight stables in the peninsula.
There are so many walks and trails with gentle coastal paths to trails that go up into the Inishowen hills. From which you can get fantastic views over the peninsula, the North Antrim Coast and on a clear day, you can see all the way over to Scotland.
Throughout Inishowen, you will find plenty of historic Sights & Landmarks from pre-historic rock art and stone circles to the medieval high crosses and castles. We also have several fascinating museums covering the history and traditions of the local area.
So whatever you decide to do or try while here, Inishowen is truly one of the hidden gems of Ireland.
You will find Golf courses throughout Ireland, but what makes Inishowen special is how many top-class courses are available in and around Inishowen. This makes it an excellent location for a golfing holiday.
In Inishowen Itself you have three of Ireland’s best courses. There are two courses in Ballyliffen, The Old Links and Glashedy Links. In 2018 the Irish Open was held here on the Glashedy course. Just to the south of Buncrana, you have The North West Golf Club. Founded in 1891 it is one of the founding members of the Golfing Union of Ireland. It has also been described as the St Andrew’s of Ireland.
You also have three other excellent courses in the peninsula in Redcastle, Greencastle and in Buncrana.
About an hours drive to the east of Inishowen, you have the amazing Royal Portrush Course, which hosted the Open in 2019. Also on the Causeway Coast, you have the Portstewart link course.
To the west, again about an hours drive, you have three top courses in at the Portsalon Golf Club course and two in the Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort.
And at one and a half hours away is the Narin & Portnoo Golf Course, which gives us a total of nine top 100 Irish courses within an easy drive of Inishowen. Making Inishowen a perfect location to base yourself for that golfing holiday of a lifetime. All these courses are very popular and will require to be booked well in advance.
So click here to see all the courses in the area.
Anyone who lives in Inishowen or is just visiting has probably heard of the famous Grianan of Aileach hillfort. But there are absolutely loads of other fantastic historical sights in the peninsula, for anyone who has an interest in history. These cover the last 4-5 thousand years right up to the present day.
Our earliest sites of interest include some of the best examples of prehistoric rock art in Ireland, with the best examples located on the Isle of Doagh. We also have the largest portal tomb in Inishowen, which can be found near the village of Muff. Just outside Culdaff, we have the Bocan Stone Circle and The Temple of Deen court tomb.
During early medieval times, around 400 – 500 AD, there were lots of monastic sites here on Inishowen. The buildings from this period are all gone now, but there is still some High crosses left on several of the sites including Saint Mura’s Cross in Fahan and the Carrowmore High Crosses.
There were quite a few forts and castles that were built on the peninsula dating from 2000 BC up to the times of the Napoleonic wars. To see a list of them click here.
You will find loads of things to do for the kids. For the younger ones, there are lots of play parks spread out throughout the peninsular. Three of which at Buncrana, Culdaff and Ballyliffen are beside the beach.
Talking of beaches kids love beaches, and there are plenty of these around Inishowen, two of them at Culdaff and Shroove have been awarded the coveted blue flag. Three of the beaches have lifeguards at them during the summer months, these beaches are Lisfannon near the village of Fahan, Culdaff and Shroove. The lifeguards are usually there from June until September.
When the weather isn’t so good, we have a few indoor activities to choose from. In Buncrana, there is an indoor play centre for younger ones and a cinema. There are also several museums around Inishowen which are well worth a visit.
For older children, check out our adventure section for ideas that will interest them like kayaking, surfing and pony trekking.
The leisure centre in Buncrana is currently closed, but there is one with a swimming pool on the outskirts of Derry.
If its an adventure break you are looking for then you will find it here in and around Inishowen. There is a wide choice of activities to take part in.
Being nearly surrounded by water means that there is plenty of adrenalin-packed activities to do on the water. You can go kayaking, paddleboarding and canyoning in Moville. There is surfing in Pollan Bay and Tullagh Bay with the Inishowen surf school and rock climbing with Unique Ascent.
Land-based activities include Go Karting and stock car racing in Toobin. There are also several locations throughout the area to go horse riding. There are also plenty of hill walking routes in Inishowen especially in the Urris Hills, or maybe take a hike up to the summit of Slieve Snaght, at 615m it is Inishowens highest mountain.
Half an hour away in Letterkenny we have paintballing and mud runs with Extreme Adventure. Also in Letterkenny why not go to LK Activity Centre for Airsoft, Karting, Archery, Footy Golf, High Ropes, Zip Line and the Cube.
Just outside Derry near the banks of Lough Foyle, you could try out your skills on a hovercraft or go on the Powerturn Offroad Buggies or Laser clay pigeon shooting at the Foylehov Activity Centre.
If you are wanting to reconnect with nature then Inishowen is the place to be. There are many diverse habitats in the area ranging from spectacular unspoilt beaches to its various wetlands and reserves which are a birdwatchers dream.
You also have wonderful cliff top walks at Inishowen head and Malin head where you can just feel the sheer force of the Atlantic Ocean. As well as the large amount of birdlife that you will find there, you may also find dolphins, seals or even basking sharks of our coastline.
There are several activities in the area that allow you to get close up to the wildlife in the area wither it is a boating trip to see the seals and dolphins or you can go walking with llamas.
A new wildlife sanctuary has also just started in Inishowen called Wild Ireland which caters for rescued animals like bears wolves and monkeys. There are also various places which do horse riding and pony trekking as well.
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Some of the Historic Sites in Inishowen
Including the famous An Grianan of Aileach in Burt, Cooleys Cross which can be found just outside Moville , the Beltany Stone Circle close to Raphoe, the St Patrick’s Cross which is in carndonagh and Carrickabraghy Castle on Doagh Island.
One of Inishowen’s newest attractions and definitely worth a visit is Wild Ireland. It is a wildlife sanctuary created by Killian McLaughlin fulfilling his lifelong dream. The animals in the Sanctuary would be ones that roamed Ireland in the past and which have been persecuted and hunted into extinction.
Wild Ireland offers a new home too many animals which have been rescued from a life of exploitation and abuse in circuses, roadside zoos, illegal pet trade and laboratories.