Find your Inner Contentment Fishing the Rivers and Coastlines of Donegal best fishing holiday in Ireland

For an unforgettable weekend break or fishing holiday, Ireland and Donegal have it all.

If quiet, undisturbed landscapes with wild, unspoilt fishing are your idea of the perfect fishing holiday, Ireland—and county Donegal especially—have you covered. The most northerly county of Ireland, Donegal’s “off the beaten track” reputation—with its tranquil wooded rivers and timeless coastlines—makes for a uniquely quiet and rewarding fishing experience.

Whether it’s the peaceful solitude of angling or the breath-taking exhilaration of big-game sea fishing, Donegal is an ideal location for your fishing holiday in Ireland.

Does Donegal have the best fishing in Ireland?

While that question may be debateable, Donegal certainly has some of the most rewarding and memorable locations to fish in Ireland. With a network of “secret” rivers and streams across the county’s rugged landscapes and forests—to the secluded beaches that roll off the coast and into the wild Atlantic sea—fishing in Donegal is an experience like no other.

And with a high number of quality salmon and sea trout fisheries (in fact, Donegal regularly produces the first Irish salmon of the season from the Drowes River in Bundrowes)—as well as ample opportunity for boat and big game fishing off the coast—Donegal certainly has it all for the perfect fishing holiday in Ireland.  The best fishing in Ireland? It just may be.

Inishowen offers unforgettable fishing for all tastes—from relaxing salmon and sea-trout fishing all the way to big game and even shark hunting!

The final destination of the Wild Atlantic Way scenic tour and home to Ireland’s most northerly point at Malin Head, the Inishowen peninsula is the ideal place to begin your fishing holiday in Ireland.

The Crana River near Buncrana is a gorgeous location for sea trout and salmon (including grilse) fishing. Running from Slieve Snaght and the Eskaheen Mountains down to the shore at Lough Swilly, its rocky terrains and private, wooded embankments are ideal for peaceful angling. While the nearby 400-acre Fullerton Reservoir boasts a selection of both wild and stocked brown trout to make for the perfect boating day-out.

(Both locations are run from the Buncrana Angling Association’s centre in Buncrana town where more information and equipment is available.)

And for those with a taste for something more adventurous, Inishowen Boating Company in Culdaff offer shark, bottom and wreck fishing on two purpose built, fast charter boats—so that you can go home and say that you caught the big one. The really big one!

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 fishing. 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 recuperate your strength for another day on the rivers and boats!

With a base of operations at The North Pole you can ensure that your Fishing Holiday Ireland is a truly unforgettable experience. One 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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