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!