So you've booked your stay with us at the Lake of Shadows Hotel in Buncrana and now you are looking to see whats on in the surrounding area. We've put together some of the top attractions in Buncrana.
The Shore Front Beach is located opposite the Hotel. Lisfannon beach has blue flag status with a long sandy beach of 5km, Culdaff beach, 20 miles from Buncrana has blue flag status and is popular with surfers, and Stroove beach, approx. 30 miles from Buncrana has blue flag status with breathtaking walks. Buncrana itself has the Lady’s Bay and the Connaberry shore front, Porthaw, Stragill, and Linsfort, and a number of other smaller beaches. All within a 5 to 10 minute car journey from the hotel.
Festival Play Park, located on the Shore Green in Buncrana, less than a 3 minute
walk from the hotel and has a large range of equipment for all age groups From a zip line to a Tennis court & a football pitch.
Tourist Information Office, Shops, Post Office, Banks, Dry Cleaners, Hairdressers, Cinema, Churches, Library, Restaurants, Cafes, Amusement Arcades, a 10 minute walk from the Hotel.
The lonely rugged hills, hidden glens, and miles of trails are a must for the walker. There is something for everyone in Inishowen, to suit all levels of physical fitness. For those who like to test their endurance, try the Urris Hills or Raghtin More, Bulbin, Slieve Sneacht, or Crunlieve. For leisure, follow the network of bog roads. In Buncrana itself, Swan Park is located just to the north of the town. The park is open all year round and provides a peaceful setting for scenic walks and a picnic. Additionally, a scenic four mile trail from Neds Point Fort, over Castle Bridge, along Buncrana bay, and along the shore and provides an excellent facility for an avid walker or cyclist. For walking guides click here.
Buncrana Boasts a 5km Revitalising walkway along the coast. The pathway is Fully tarmacked Pushchair & Wheelchair Friendly. The Path starts 300 metres from The hotel and continues along several beaches such as Buncrana Shorefront, Neds Point, Porthaw Beach, and Stragil Strand. It also passes the Historic Fr Hegarties Rock Cliff Views & Neds Point Fort. Walking at a gentle pace the walkway takes approx 1.5 hours each way
Buncrana has two golf clubs, Buncrana Golf club is within walking distance from the hotel to North West Regional Golf Club which is a 5 minute drive from The Lake of Shadows. Ballyliffen Golf Club, Home to the Irish Open 2018 is a 20 minute drive from the hotel.
Guests of the Lake of Shadows have complimentary use of the Inishowen Gateways Leisure centres Facilities. Full size swimming pool, Steam Room Sauna & Fully equipped Gym.
Equestrian enthusiasts can enjoy a leisurely trek at Inch Island Stables. Facilities include a cross-country course, trail riding, liveries, tuition by qualified instructors, and trekking. The surrounding countryside and beaches are aptly suited to horse riding.
Located in Moville, only a short 30 minutes drive from Buncrana, Inish Adventures offers a truly unforgettable 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. www.inishadventures.com.
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.
Doagh Famine Village
If you're looking to immersive yourself in local Irish history, then a visit to Doagh Famine Village is a must. Daily tours are available. www.doaghfaminevillage
Dunree military fort is a decommissioned Military fort converted into an interactive museum. The museum grounds are free to access and have spectacular views. The views really have to be seen to be believed. One pathway up the steps takes you to a view of portban beach. You have a panoramic view of the local countryside. More here.
The Lake of Shadows Hotel in Buncrana is well known to be one of the best places to stay in Buncrana for its central location, only 400 Metres from Buncrana Main Street and 300 metres from the beach. For our families, we are located 300 metres from Buncrana Festival Playpark & Buncrana Shore Front where guests can enjoy a leisurely walk. Buncrana has many boutiques, craft shops, cafes and traditional pubs to choose from. We look forward to welcoming you to Buncrana, on your visit along the Wild Atlantic Way.