Things To Do in the Area

Days Out Further Afield

Inishowen Peninsula
Inishowen Peninsula

Visit the Grianan Aileach, which is a stone fort with amazing views and which dates back to 1700BC. Also visit the Doagh Famine Village which is an outdoor museum in the form of a traditional Irish village, with thatched cottages. Full details on these and other activities can be found on

Birds Of Prey and Owls
Sanctuary for birds of prey and owls

Ireland’s largest sanctuary for birds of prey and owls is a wonderful voluntary run institution where you can see all kinds of eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. Irish Raptor Research Centre, Portinch, Ballymote, Co. Sligo. They can be contacted by phone on +353 (0)71 918 9310 or visit their website This is about a 90 minute drive which will also take you through Yeats Country at Drumcliffe, Co. Sligo.

Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway on the North Antrim Coast is about a 2 1⁄2 hour drive from Killybegs. You could combine this with a detour around Inishowen – detailed above.

Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh

The Fermanagh Lakelands are very picturesque. As part of your day out, you could start off at Belleek Pottery in the village of Belleek (where they have guided tours, a museum, shop and a tea room), followed by a drive around the lake. Also visit the Devenish Island Monastic site, which is famous for its 12th century round tower and ruined Augustinian Abbey.

National Trust Properties in Co. Fermanagh

Both Florence Court and Castle Coole are magnificent historic properties located close to Enniskillen. Castle Coole is one of Ireland’s greatest neo-classical houses with a “sumptuous Regency interior”. Florence Court is equally impressive and is one of Ulster’s most important 18th century houses. Both also have wonderful gardens and parkland to explore. Full details can be found on