Things to do

Things to do in Creevy, Ballyshannon, Bundoran and Donegal Area

 

We truly hope you enjoy your stay with us, whether it be long or short; and that you return home refreshed in body and spirit.  We believe you can absorb some genuine rural Donegal experiences in an authentic setting and would be interested in your comments and suggestions.

Creevy is in a rural coastal area is steeped in history lying halfway between Rossnowlagh – “The Heavenly Cove” and Ballyshannon, which is the oldest town in Ireland, where the mighty Erne system meets the sea. Long famous for its Salmon fishing, in the past it was a shipping port of some significance.  Ballyshannon became a borough by royal charter in 1613. Local Poet William Allingham referred to it in song as the “the friendly place, the kindly spot”. Nearby in Rossnowlagh is the Franciscan Friary, Centre of Peace & Creevy Cottages anchor sea fishing donegalReconciliation.  The Franciscan order were first brought to Donegal by Nuala O’Donnell, a member of the O’Donnell Clan who were Chieftans of Tirconnaill.

A unique Irish vacation experience Donegal is steeped in History and Heritage:
This area provides a unique opportunity for visitors with various preferences to mix their holiday activities, enjoy a full social life and live in the lap of luxury.  Enjoy top class walks, both short routes, e.g. the Creevy Shore Walk, a purpose built coastal footpath 10 miles in length running from Rossnowlagh through Creevy to the mouth of the Erne Estuary and convenient long distance walks such as the Blue Stack Way and The Gaeltacht Way. On the Creevy Coastal Walk are the ruins of Kilbarron Castle, home of Michael O’Cleary, and the Four Masters, a group of Franciscan lay brothers, who penned the Annals of the Four Masters.

Numerous archeological and historical sites of significance abound in the locality, including the 6th Century Church of St. Barron, kinsman of St. Colmcille, after which this parish of Kilbarron is named.  Recently a prehistoric Sand Cemetry dating back to 4000 BC was discovered adjacent to the Shore Walk.  Nearby are the ruins of the Wardtown Castle, home of speaker Connolly of the House of Commons.

Adjacent to that in Ballyshannon are the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey Assaroe founded in 1180AD and close by the restored Corn Mill, interpretative centre and tea-rooms open every Sunday from April – October.

Cycling – Kingfisher Route and surrounding areas

Bicycle hire can be organised.  Routes available in welcome folders.

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Experience Sea Angling at its best in the pure waters of the Atlantic. If you are not a seafarer, simply enjoy the beauty that surrounds you when you visit the Pier, be it to watch the ocean, sit on a stone bench to read a book, to access the shore walk, to swim, snorkel, sun-bathe or dive from the nose of the Pier as countless hundreds of local children (young and old) have done for centuries.

Excellent restaurants are nearby; Creevy Pier Hotel, Creevy; Smuggler’s Creek, The Gaslight, the Sandhouse Hotel, Rossnowlagh; The Limit Restaurant & Nirvana Restaurant, Ballyshannon or a bit further afield Abbey Hotel, Central Hotel or Harvey’s Point Hotel who are famous for their Sunday carvery lunches!

Vibrant night life ranges from traditional Irish pub culture – Dicey Reilly’s, The Thatch Pub, Ballyshannon or music to disco dancing – ‘Paris’ and many more in Bundoran.

Local leisure – Ballyshannon Leisure Centre – 25m indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room and fitness suite.  Lakeside Adventure Centre in Ballyshannon watersports, adventure playground or Waterworld in Bundoran, Ireland’s Premier Indoor Aqua Adventure Playground, Seaweed Baths & Aqua Mara Treatment Rooms.  Join the Equestrian centres such as Donegal Equestrian, Bundoran.

Visit the Abbey Arts & Cultural Centre & Cinema in Ballyshannon or 6 screen Cineplex in Bundoran.

Visit local Golf clubs –  Bundoran Golf Club along the rugged and picturesque Donegal Bay coastline with a mixture of dunes and undulating terrain making up our 18 holes or Donegal Golf Club at Murvagh an outstanding 18 hole links golf course.

Creevy is also an ideal base from which to tour counties Donegal, Leitrim, Fermanagh and Yeat’s County Sligo.