Smith's Self Catering Holiday Cottage, Donegal Ireland

Things to Do in Donegal


There is a windsurfing centre at Marble Hill on Sheephaven Bay where it is possible to hire boards and get tuition. Tel. 00 353 74 36321. Principal: Richard Harshaw

Adventure One is an ISA approved surf school and supplier of surfing equipment. They provide lessons for surfers of all abilities from beginner to advanced surfers from age 8 upwards. Open from March until the end of October every year. Call +353 (0)87 628 5565 for more info or visit their website –


Lough Swilly in Donegal is a popular sailing area.

Gartan Outdoor Education Centre

Gartan Outdoor Education Centre is a short drive from the cottage and has a range of activities from canoeing to rock climbing. They have a climbing wall at the centre. For more details, visit their website - or call (074) 913 7032

Horse Riding

There are several equestrian centres in Donegal. Two of these that are based close to the cottage are Tirconaill Stables, Kilmacrennan – (074) 953 9252 or Churchill Riding Stables, Churchill – (074) 952 8045


Bicycles can be rented from the Church Street Cycles, Letterkenny, Donegal – Tel. (353) 74 26204. There are masses of small roads around the county which are great for cycling.

Grassroutes is an electric and hybrid bike hire company about 10 minutes from the cottage. They are based in the Craoibhín Community Centre in Termon and also have base in the carpark of Glenveagh during the summer months from which you can hire the bikes. They also have a great drop off and pick up service if required. For more information, call Dermott on +353 (0) 74 911 9988 or +353 (0) 87 665 5599 or visit their website -

An Grianan Theatre

An GrianĂ¡n Theatre is located on the Port Road, Letterkenny. It hosts a range of plays, live comedy shows, workshops and cultural events. For more details on what's on check out their website - or call (074) 912 3288.

Aura Leisure Centre

Aura Letterkenny Leisure Complex offers excellent and state of the art facilities for health and fitness. These include a gym, 25m swimming pool, sauna, steam room, running track, astro pitch, kid's playground and activities, sports hall, skate park and more.

Letterkenny Activity Centre

Letterkenny Activity Centre is 3 miles outside Letterkenny on the Ramelton Road. A fun day out for all the family with Karting, Airsoft, Archery and Body Zorb to provide an adrenaline filled day out. For more information visit their website -

Jungle King Childrens Playcentre

Jungle King is a state of the art indoor activity centre for children up to twelve years old. There is a separate area for babies with soft padded animals and a ball pool.

Arena 7 Leisure Complex

Letterkenny's number 1 Entertainment Complex. There's plenty to keep all ages entertained – Bowling World, Waynes World, Strikes Bar & Restaurant, Championship Pool Tables, Bite & Bowl Diner, Arcade Games, Go Karts, two Stylish Function Rooms, Private Karaoke Room and Laser Tag.

Century Cinemas & Century Ice

Visit for cinema and ice rink details

PaintBall Games

‘The Old Foundry’ is located in Letterkenny, Donegal and has 4 purpose built Paintball Game areas: Jungle Fever, Speed Ball, Ambush and Hamburger Hill. You will have approximately 3 hours of pure adrenalin, testing all your abilities. For more details or to book call (074) 912 8086 or 086 383 1188

Clay Pigeon Shooting

The Mulroy Clay Pigeon Club in Milford, Donegal offers clay pigeon shooting and archery. Call (074) 915 3230 for more details.

Lurgybrack Open Farm

All the family can spend the day together seeing the animals and having fun. The old farm building is home to a range of friendly farm animals. There is ample space to play safely, take a walk by the riverside, or just sit back and unwind. We have a tea room on site or have a picnic in one of our designated areas.

Tropical World

Tropical World at Alcorn's is now a Licenced Zoo. Tropical World has an impressive collection of tropical Butterflies, Reptiles, Birds, Monkeys, Lemars, Meerkats, Tortoises and a Great Grey Owl to name but a few! One of the most memorable experiences at walking through 1,000 square meters of tropical butterflies in free flight of all shapes and sizes, you won't be disappointed!

Irish Language Courses

There is an Irish Language College near Downings which does Summer courses for adults. Why not learn Irish in Ireland when you are here?

Mountain Climbing

Lough Salt Mountain, Donegal – A gentle climb, more of a good walk. Park in lay–by just before pump house at southern end of Lough Salt and cross over style. Lovely views from trig point on top in all directions.

Muckish Mountain, Donegal – Muckish is Gaelic for hogs back. For a short steep climb, drive up to quarry on west side. Drive through Creeslough and there is a left turn (look at OS map). It will take approximately 30mins. and it is a very narrow path. Otherwise start from Glenveagh end for a longer climb. Great views all around Donegal and out to Tory Island on a good day. Beware of low cloud. It comes down very quickly and is extremely disorientating!

Errigal – is the highest mountain in Donegal. Drive out beyond Glenveagh to Dunlewy, you will see a path up on the right and probably several cars! It is quite a steep climb.

Further afield towards the south of Donegal are the Blue Stack Mountains. My father who is a experienced hillwalker has walked the above mountains on numerous occasions may be arranged to act as your guide or give advice.


For food etc. there are large supermarkets in Letterkenny, there is a good Mace at the Millbridge in Kilmacrennan, and good Spars in both Ramelton and Creeslough. Good butchers in Letterkenny, Ramelton and Rathmullan. Seafood is available from Jack's Fresh Fish every Wednesday from 9am to 2.30pm in Carrigart Church carpark or between 3.30pm & 4.30pm on Lower Main Street in Milford.

If it is gifts or craft items you are looking for, there are plenty! The Gallery, Dunfanaghy sells pictures, crafts, pottery and glass etc. It is open 10am to 6pm Monday – Saturday. McNutts in Downings sells tweed, pottery, jerseys etc. and is open from Easter throughout the Summer. A

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Local Activities:

  • Watersports
  • Outdoor Activity Centres
  • Horse Riding
  • Bike Hire
  • Theatre
  • Leisure Centres
  • Go Karting
  • Airsoft
  • Archery
  • Playcentres
  • Cinema
  • Ice Skating
  • Paintball
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Hillwalking
  • Shopping

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