No Golf Tour of Ireland is Complete without a Visit to the Breath-Taking Landscapes of Donegal Golf Golfing Holiday Ireland

Discover some of the best golf courses in Ireland in scenic Donegal

Planning a truly unique golf holiday? Ireland has some of the best golf courses in the world and the courses in and around the windswept beaches and mountainous terrains of County Donegal are truly like no other.

With 17 courses in the county of Donegal and 6 in the idyllic peninsula of Inishowen alone—including the 36 hole golf course along the Atlantic coast at Ballyliffin (rated the best in Donegal and 8th best golf course in Ireland overall by—you’ll find yourself spoiled for choice.

Home of Ireland’s most northerly golf courses and only an hour’s drive to the famous Portrush Royal near the Giant’s Causeway—the only club in Ireland to have hosted the Open Championship—Donegal is an unmissable waypoint for any truly complete golf holiday in Ireland.

Complete your ideal golf holiday in Ireland with a visit to Inishowen on the Wild Atlantic Way

Ireland’s most northerly point and the final destination on the Wild Atlantic Way scenic tour, the peninsula of Inishowen has a wealth of worthwhile stop-off-points for your golfing holiday in Ireland.

From the challenging and sprawling golf course at Ballyliffin—with its panoramic view of the mountains and sea—to the beach-side, historic North-West course in Buncrana—founded in 1891 as one of the nine members of the Golf Union of Ireland—Inishowen promises an unforgettable golfing experience for everybody. Casual enthusiast and seasoned sharpshooter alike!

(And as the single-most northerly course in the island of Ireland, playing Ballyliffin is an absolute must for your well-travelled golfer’s bucket-list!)

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 on the links. 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 of golfing.

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