Inishowen’s Favourite Cross-Roads Tavern, for over 50 Years!

Located in the heart of Inishowen, County Donegal, The North Pole Bar has been entertaining locals and visitors alike for over 50 years with its welcoming atmosphere and unique position amongst the scenic lakes and mountains of Drumfries.

The bar was first established in 1961 when local farmer Francis Breslin purchased the old Drumfries railway house at the crossroads of Drumfree and converted it into a small pub with living quarters for his family upstairs.  Though known informally as “The Station House” to the keen locals who gathered there, the bar was technically nameless for the first few years of operation.

It was not until the first extension was built around 1964 that the bar was officially christened The North Pole—the name a reference to Francis’s mother, who while living in the hills of Drumcorra during his youth, would often remark: “It’s so cold up here it’s like the North Pole!”—making for a fitting northern counter-point to Tom Crean’s South Pole Pub in County Kerry!

Today The North Pole Bar is run by Francis’s youngest daughter Hilda, her husband Liam and their three grown children who continue the legacy of hospitality that has made The North Pole Bar famous across Inishowen for many years. The modern establishment comprises an intimate front room snug—where visitors and locals alike can meet for a pint and a chat by the warm open fire—as well as the much larger main lounge where guests can shoot pool, play darts, or enjoy the performance of the local musicians who regularly play there.

In 2016 the extension next door underwent a comprehensive renovation and is now home to a luxurious bed and breakfast as well as a small gallery dedicated to the history of the old station house.


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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