Situated in the heart of Donegal on the wild Atlantic coastline, Letterkenny is the perfect destination for a cosy winter break. With a great selection of value hotels, excellent choice of restaurants, pubs, night clubs and an array of indoor and outdoor activities to suit everyone, here’s how to spend 36 hours in Letterkenny for the ultimate cosy winter break:


Take A Shopping Trip

With less than two weeks until Christmas, the shopping rush is well and truly on. Letterkenny has a massive selection of high-street shops and charming boutiques, making it easy to find the perfect Christmas present. And, if you’re not planning a trip to the northwest this side of Christmas, then you’ll get great value in the January Sales.


Drink A Guinness or Mocktail

After a busy day hitting the shops, wind down in Letterkenny’s best loved pubs and enjoy a pint of creamy Guinness or a cheeky mocktail made using Donegal’s very own Football Special. We highly recommend a visit to Voodoo Venue or Dillon’s Bar, both located on Letterkenny’s main street.

Strawberry Garden Restaurant

Sample Local Cuisine

From fine dining to bistro style restaurants, you’ll find somewhere to suit everyone in Letterkenny. The Radisson Blu Hotel is famous for its award-winning cuisine, while the bar menu in the trendy Warehouse Bar + Kitchen is ideal for a laid-back evening with live music, craft beers and sports.

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Explore the Northern Lights

Donegal is famous for its unique positioning to see the Northern Lights. If you’re lucky enough to be in the county on a clear night, check out places like Fanad Head, Malin and Inishowen to see the best of the Northern Lights. Letterkenny is centrally located to all these places, so it’s the perfect stop-over.

Take A Trip

For the adventurers and sightseers Letterkenny’s location means you’re right on the Wild Atlantic Way and close to some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenic attractions including Glenveagh National Park, Fanad Lighthouse, Ards Forest Park, Malin Head, Mount Errigal (pictured) and Slieve Liag Cliffs. All located between 15minutes and an hour way, jump in the car and breath in the sights as you go.

Children’s Paradise

If you’re travelling with children and the winter weather doesn’t inspire beach and forest walks, check out places like Arena 7, Century Play, Extreme Adventure and Letterkenny Karting. The kids can spend hours here and you can even get involved!

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