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For unforgettable hill walking and hiking holidays, Ireland and Donegal are the place to be

There’s nowhere else on earth quite like Ireland. The wild, wind-swept beaches. The untouched woodland and forest trails. And the majestic mountains and hills that tower over them all. For hill walking and hiking holidays, Ireland is a truly unique destination. And county Donegal in the North West has it all.

Donegal has some of the best mountains to climb in Ireland

From the pristine quartzite peak of Mount Errigal—down to the daunting “One-Man’s Pass” along the sea cliffs of Sliabh League in the south-east—to the cairn-littered summit of Slieve Snaght with its breath-taking views over Malin Head, lough Swilly and the Foyle—Donegal has some of the best mountains in Ireland for the casual climber and the hardened enthusiast alike.

With a wide range of options—from casual, easy-going hikes, to more intermediate and challenging climbs—the entire county is chock-full of opportunities to experience the unique beauty and wild views that make Donegal an unmissable destination for any hiking holidays in Ireland.

Hike Inishowen in the heart of Donegal

The final destination on the Wild Atlantic Way scenic tour and host to Ireland’s most northern point at Malin Head, the peninsula of Inishowen is home to a horde of priceless hill waking, climbing and hiking gems.

The cliff walks along Malin Head—starting at the historic Napoleonic Watch-Tower—are a must for those seeking exhilarating views and fresh sea air. While the heady hike up Slieve Snaght unveils the whole of the county in a tapestry of startling sights. And, atop the cliffs of Linsfort, sits the World War Two-era Fort Dunree. Overlooking the glittering waters and golden beaches of Lough Swilly, this defence fortification was a critical view-point for the soldiers of times gone by and a must-see destination for the hill walking and hiking holidays of today.

And these are just a few. Inishowen has countless more opportunities to set out and make an adventure along the heathery hills and mountains of Donegal. So see for yourself. Find out just what makes hiking holidays in Ireland such an unforgettable experience, with a visit to Inishowen in Donegal.

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 hiking and mountain climbing. 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 hiking the mountains and hills.

With a base of operations at The North Pole you can ensure that your Hiking Holidays Ireland are 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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