Dive into the Refreshing Atlantic Surf or Simply Relax on the Golden Beaches of Donegal best beach holiday and surfing holidays in ireland and donegal

Donegal is renowned as an unforgettable hub for surfing holidays in Ireland 

From the reef breaks at Bundoran to the swells of Inishowen, Donegal has long been regarded the number-one destination for surfing holidays in Ireland. While Bundoran is widely considered the best place to surf in Ireland, the entire county is awash with exhilarating opportunities to hit the waves. In fact the most consistent waves in all of Ireland can be found in Inishowen in the north-west—thanks to its unique exposure to south-west, west, northerly and north-easterly Swells.

With its long, golden beaches and  ISA-approved Inishowen Surf School, Inishowen is the perfect stop-off for any surfing holidays in Ireland. Whether you’re a beginner to the board or already an accomplished surfer, the Wild Atlantic waves at Inishowen will make for an experience you’ll never forget.

And for those who’d prefer a more relaxing beach holiday in Ireland, Inishowen has a whole treasure trove of golden sandy beaches

Let’s face it, exhilarating adventure and the salty bite of fresh sea waves aren’t for everybody. Maybe you’d prefer to relax on the sands and bask in the sun—or catch up on the latest page-turner while your companions splash in the water or construct the most majestic castle (made of sand of course) that’s ever been built. If that’s your idea of the perfect beach holiday in Ireland, Inishowen has you covered.

With a whole treasure trove of golden sandy beaches—not to mention the ample fishing, golfing and hiking opportunities, to name but a few—Inishowen is an ideal destination for a beach holiday in Ireland. From the blue flag facility at Lisfannon bay, to the wild and remote Five-Finger Strand—just a few miles from Ireland’s most northerly point at Malin Head—to the countless others around this uniquely idyllic peninsula—you’ll be sure to find your own perfect seaside retreat. Want an unforgettable beach holiday in Ireland? The answer is simple: Come to Inishowen.

End your day with the traditional welcoming comfort of a country pub and B&B

Located in the heart of Inishowen, The North Pole Bar and Old Station House Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day of soaking up sun or hitting the waves. With the traditional country-feel of a rural Irish pub and the modern comforts of a selection of newly renovated bedrooms, you can treat yourself to a pint of Guinness at the bar or a hot cup of coffee to recharge and recuperate for another day’s adventure.

With a base of operations at The North Pole you can ensure that your beach holidays and surfing holidays in Ireland make for a truly unforgettable experience. One that you’ll be talking about for years to come!


Relax and Unwind

Relax and let go in the modern indulgence of one of our three newly renovated en suite bedrooms. While the bar and lounge next door are home to the laughter and friendship that make the rural Irish pub a world-famous institution, the Old Station House extension is all about the soothing indulgence of modern hospitality.

With free wifi and a HD flat-screen television in every room—and the sumptuous embrace of fresh, silky linen tucked lovingly around brand-new premium mattresses—you can leave your worries behind and let go of the outside world as you melt into the comfort of your own private getaway.

Coffee and tea making apparatus are provided in room, as well as toiletries, towels and face cloths, while ironing material is available on request. With all this on offer you might never want to leave!

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Dinner and Drinks at the Bar

Is there anywhere else on earth that compares to the traditional rural Irish pub? The jokes and laughter, the camaraderie of meeting friends and soon-to-be-friends over a few pints of plain, or shooting pool against the backdrop of glasses clinking and voices laughing. There’s a reason the Irish Pub is famous the world over—and why The North Pole Bar is famous in Inishowen. Because there’s no better place to spend an evening of warm laughter and rewarding conversation with friends and strangers alike.

Whether you’re settling in by the fire in the cosy snug of the front bar or shooting pool or darts in the main lounge, you’ll be sure to make it a night to remember in The North Pole Bar. And if you’re lucky you just might arrive in time for one of our traditional music sessions, like the Inishowen Singers who play here regularly.

Our country kitchen serves delicious, freshly-cooked food every evening—with choices for everyone from the hearty steak lover to the careful vegan looking for something as tasty as it is pure—and with the relaxing privacy of our newly-renovated bedrooms in the Station House extension next door, and the fun and excitement of The North Pole Bar downstairs, you’re guaranteed to have an incredible experience—whether your stay lasts a week or only for a night.

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Plan your own Adventure

Home to Ireland’s most northern point at the wind-swept cliffs of Malin Head, and the final destination on the Wild Atlantic Way scenic tour, the peninsula of Inishowen is a uniquely idyllic and invigorating holiday destination.

With its breath-taking mountains, long, sandy beaches and wild, secluded rivers, you’ll find the perfect activity to suit your taste—whether it’s a relaxing day out on the links, or grabbing your surf board and running head on into the fresh Atlantic waves. From hiking to the top of a heady peak and beholding the breath-taking views, to angling for salmon in a quiet secluded brook—or even simply basking in the sun on a long, golden stretch of beach while the world around you passes by—you’ll be sure to find the adventure that’s just right for you.

And, with the bustling shopping districts of Derry City and Letterkenny nearby, as well as a whole range of unique craft shops and villages around the peninsula, you’ll have so much to do that you might have trouble fitting it all in!

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