Local Area

Dunfanaghy is a picturesque village situated in the North West of Co. Donegal, nestled in Sheephaven Bay. It is surrounded by magnificent coastal and mountain scenery. This is one of the wildest, most rugged and least populous corners of Ireland.

It is much loved by both national and international tourists alike from walkers, fishermen and golfers to photographers, artists and nature lovers. The area is very popular among families who enjoy watersports and horseriding.

For many years Dunfanaghy was the commercial centre of West and North West Donegal, under the patronage of the local landlords, the Stewarts, whose seat was at Ards, a few miles south along the western shores of Sheephaven Bay.

Dunfanaghy is a town that is made for holidays; Horn Head overlooks it and dominates the surrounding area, and it has an abundance of beaches within easy reach of Killyhoey, Portnablagh, Marble Hill, Ards and Tramore in Horn Head. Also in Horn Head is McSwiney's Gun, so called because of the noise often made by the tide rushing into the natural blow hole under the headland.


 Local Airports:


Donegal Airport
Tel: +353 (0)74 9548483
Web: www.donegalairport.ie

Derry Airport
Tel: +44 (0)28 71 810784
Web: www.cityofderryairport.com

Belfast City Airport
Tel: +44 (0)28 94 484848
Web: www.belfastcityairport.com

Belfast International Airport

Tel: +44 (0)28 94 484848
Web: www.belfastairport.com




Aer Lingus
Tel: + 353 818 365000
Web: www.aerlingus.com

Tel: 0818 30 30 30
Web: www.ryanair.com


National Airports:


Dublin Airport
Tel: +353 1 8141111
Web: www.dublinairport.com

Kerry Airport
Tel: +353 0 66 9764644
Web: www.kerryairport.ie

Galway Airport
Tel: +353 91 755569
Web: www.galwayairport.com

Knock International Airport
Tel: 1850 67 22 22
Web: www.knockairport.com

Cork Airport
Tel: 1850 67 22 22
Web: www.corkairport.com


Local Ports:

Port of Larne
Tel: +44 (0)28 2887 2100

Belfast Harbour
Tel: +44 (0)28 9055 4422


National Ports:


Dublin Port
Tel: +353 1 8550888

Rosslare Harbour
Tel: +353 (0)28 9055 4422


Ferry Companies:


Irish Ferries
Tel: +353 818 300 400

Swansea Cork Ferries
Tel: +353 21 427 1166

P&O Irish Sea Ferries
Tel: +353 1 407 34 34

Stena Line
Tel: +353 1 204 7777

Coach Services

Coach Services into Dunfanaghy direct from:


Dublin, Belfast or Glasgow
Contact: John McGinley
Tel: +353 (0)74 9135201


Contact: Feda O'Donnell
Tel: +353 (0)91 761656


Glasgow, Scotland
Contact: Collins Coaches
Tel: +353 (0)74 9135412


Derry and Belfast
Servicing airports and ferries
Contact: Patrick Gallagher Coach Travel
Tel: +353 (0)74 91 31107


Local Bus Services:
Contact: Lough Swilly Bus Services
Tel: +353 (0)74 9122863


National Bus Services:
Contact: Bus Éireann
Tel: +353 (0)74 9121309


* All buses, with the exception of Bus Éireann, pass by The Whins B&B



Pitch & Putt

Horse Riding


Lake Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing



Hill Walking

Blue Flag Beaches

Shandon Hotel & Leisure Centre

There is an abundance of local wildlife including the New Lake which is a protected wildlife sanctuary.



Seafood Festival - May 2016

August Fair - July 2016

Dunfanaghy Jazz and Blues Festival - September 2016

Places to Visit


The Heritage Centre
Tory Island
(within 20 miles of Dunfanaghy)
Arranmore Island
(within 30 miles of Dunfanaghy)



Ards Forest Park
Glenveagh National Park
(within 10 miles of Dunfanaghy)
Doe Castle
(within 10 miles of Dunfanaghy)
Dunlewy Lakeside Centre
(within 20 miles of Dunfanaghy)
Colmcille Heritage Centre
(within 20 miles of Dunfanaghy)


Arts & Crafts

The Glebe Gallery
(within 20 miles of Dunfanaghy)
Muck 'n Muffins Pottery Shop
McAuliffe's Craft Shop
The Dunfanaghy Gallery
Pauline's Patchwork Quilts
Oleas Gift Shop
Alastair Simmons Basket Maker
Greendoor Art Studio
Joe & Anne Kane's Pottery & Tea Shop


Golf/Pitch & Putt

Dunfanaghy Golf Club
Rosapenna Golf Club
Portsalon Golf Club T: +353 (0)74 9159459
Ballyliffen Golf Club



Hill Walking - Muckish mountain, Errigal mountain, Slieve Sneacht mountain and Glenveagh National Park
Coastal Walking - Horn Head, Atlantic Drive, Ards and the local beaches



Mevagh Diving Centre


Spa and Leisure Centre

The Shandon Hotel


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