From the High-Street to the Craft Village, a Holiday in Inishowen is full of Great Shopping Opportunities best shopping for holidays souvenirs and gifts in donegal, letterkenny and derry city.

With easy access to the shopping districts of Derry City and Letterkenny, a visit to The North Pole is ideal for shopaholics everywhere!

Ok, so Inishowen has plenty to do—golfing, hiking, fishing, surfing or even just relaxing on the beach—but for some people no holiday or weekend break is complete without a splurge on the high street. After all, you couldn’t come home without gifts for your loved ones, right?

While other holiday makers traverse the beaches and mountains, maybe you’d like nothing more than to slip away for a bit of overdue retail therapy. Luckily for you, The North Pole Bar and Old Station House B & B is ideally located!

Just half an hour’s drive away is the bustling shopping districts of Derry City. With its full range of high street retailers and sprawling shopping centres—including the Foyle Side Shopping Centre, voted the “Best and Biggest Shopping Centre in Northern Ireland”—to its secret back-street gems—including the endearing Craft Village with its specialty boutiques and quaint coffee shop—Derry City is the perfect destination for a larger than life shopping day-out.

And, to the south is Letterkenny, undoubtedly Donegal’s biggest and most varied shopping hub. Home to a wide variety of shops—from “international” retailers like Top Shop and TK Maxx—to more local and specialized shops, restaurants and jewellers—any trip to Donegal just wouldn’t be complete without a taste of Letterkenny’s ample shopping opportunities.

Inishowen is a hub of creative and handmade arts and crafts—from Donegal Tweed to bogwood sculptures

Looking for that ideal souvenir to bring back home? The one that’s every bit as unforgettable as the holiday itself? Inishowen is chock-full of exciting and unique gift and souvenir ideas and the secret craft shops to find them in.

From the hand-crafted Donegal Tweed which is famous the world over—to home-made pottery and locally painted landscapes and portraits—to incredible bogwood sculptures expertly crafted out of wood sometimes thousands of years old and preserved in ancient Donegal Bog—Inishowen is sure to have the perfect treasure just for you to find.

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 searching for that perfect gift or souvenir. 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 holiday in Ireland makes 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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