The Lake of Shadows Hotel in Buncrana, Co.Donegal is centrally located to offer our guests the very best location to explore Buncrana, Inishowen, the North West of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The Lake of Shadows Hotel is one of the most conveniently located hotels Donegal, perfect for activity breaks Ireland.


The Lake of Shadows is situated only a short walk from Buncrana town centre which offers a variety of shops to suit everyone. From home decor and electronics to fashion and craft shops, Buncrana has it all.

Letterkenny and Derry are also only a short drive away from Buncrana with a regular bus service running to both. All the biggest names in high street and designer fashions can be found here along with a large variety of cafes, bars and restaurants.

Derry is home to two large shopping Malls in the centre of town called Foyleside and Richmond Centre and Letterkenny is home to two shopping centres called Letterkenny Shopping Centre and the Courtyard Shopping Centre and the large Letterkenny Retail Park.

Information on bus routes and schedules can be found here: Derry Bus / Letterkenny Bus.


Malin Head

The most northerly point in Ireland and famous for its rugged natural beauty of mountains, bays, inlets and rocks. At Bamba's Crown there is an information point and a marked path taking you on a walk to some fantastic scenic points. Great for photography. Day tours to Malin Head available from the hotel on request.

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Inish Adventures

Located in Moville, only a short 30 minutes drive from Buncrana, Inish Adventures offers a truly unforgetable experience when exploring Inishowen from the water. Kayaking, yacht hire and archery are just some of the activities on offer from their base and private trips can be organised in water venues in Buncrana to make it easier for you.The dolphins resident in the waters just of Malin Head are always looking for company.


Grianan of Aileach

One of the five most ancient sites mentioned on Ptolemy of Alexandria's 2nd Century map of Ireland. It is an impressive stone ring fort, located on top of Greenan hill and with spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding hills, lakes and countryside. More info here:


Dunree Fort

Located 7 miles north of Buncrana, situated along the shores of the Lough Swilly commanding majestic views of the Swilly and its shorelines. The facilities include an Exhibition centre, Audio visual facilities, Cafeteria, Scenic Walks, Unique Flora and Fauna, Birdlife. The Fort is open all year round and at various times they host Art exhibitions. Leaflets at Reception.


Fahan Graveyard

Located on the main Derry to Buncrana Road, it was the site of a monastery founded by St Colmcille for his disciple St. Mura, situated in the graveyard is the Fahan Mura Cross, an early 7th Century cross-slab, the design demonstrates a close connection with Scotland. This graveyard contains the graves of 71 sailors who lost their lives with the sinking of the Laurentic in 1917. Agnes Jones is also buried in the graveyard, Agnes was born in Fahan House and trained and worked with Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War.


O'Doherty's Keep, Buncrana

Built circa early 1600 and situated over the Crana Bridge, this is the location where Wolfe Tone was held prisoner when he was brought ashore in Buncrana in 1798.


Ned's Point Fort

Just north of Buncrana Town, a Napoleonic fort manned by the British from 1812 to defend the area from invasion. The R.N.L.I. lifeboat station is situated nearby.


Doagh Famine Village

Located on Doagh Island, north of Buncrana, a visitor centre opened in 1997, an outdoor museum tells the story of life in this area in the 1970's going back to the Famine in the 1840s. Find out more at


Inishowen Maritime Museum

Inishowen experienced higher than normal temperatures this year and attracted Basking Sharks from the deeper off shore feeding areas off Malin Head.


Leisureland Redcastle

Only a short drive from Buncrana this child friendly indoor play arena has loads to keep little fingers busy with a huge jungle gym, rides and food served all day. Find out more at


Wild Ireland

Step back in time into an ancient woodland inhabited by extinct creatures to experience some of Ireland’s ancient lost wildlife. Walk among the ancient trees and encounter Bears, Wolves, Lynx and Wild Boar on your journey through the past.

Donegal Tour Guide

‘Donegal Tour Guide’ will take you on a personalised journey to explore the breathtaking scenery, rich history and vibrant culture of Ireland. Offering a range of tour options to suit your interests, all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy an unforgettable journey through the Emerald Isle.

Wild Alpaca Way

Walk an Alpacas along the Knockamany Bens overlooking Malin Head. A great family day out.

Oakfield Park

Oakfield Park in Raphoe, Co. Donegal, a must visit attraction when seeking things to do in Donegal.

Eco Atlantic Adventures

Take the ferry across to Rathmullen and enjoy some water activities from; kayaking Tours, Hill Walking, Rock Climbing & Absaeling, Coastering, Gorge Walking, Team Building Days, Group Activity Days and more. Discount available for guests. 

Beyond Light Therapy

The first 48-UNIT EESYSTEM™️ outside the US. As the first of its kind in Ireland and Europe, this remarkable technology offers morning, afternoon, evening, and overnight sessions.



Grianan Park,
Co Donegal,


353 (0) 7493 61005



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