Dunfanahy & Downings

Achill - the fishers island
Donegal has a reputation for ruggedness of land and seascape.... a wild place to be. A place for stalwart native people and hardy sea anglers. The town of Dunfanaghy nestles in the western corner of Sheephaven Bay, below the stark form of Muckish Mountain. Here the town is protected from the open ocean by Horn Head, which breaks the westerlies allowing our charter boat to get to sea at all times. The harbour, at Port na Blagh around the corner, is just a short distance away from all three of the accommodations.
Fishing out from the Donegal coast is superb, with a lengthy list of species to be sought and boated. There are cod, haddock, whiting, plaice, pollack, coalies, torsk, ling, John Dory, monkfish, red, grey and tub gurnard, hake, skate, turbot, and brill. Summer months bring the opportunity for some Blue Shark fishing too. There are huge wrecks in the vicinity, the warship 'Audacious' and two liners the 'Empire Heritage' and the 'Empress of Britain', all providing superb fishing and a record number of specimen catches! Over 100 wrecks are within in 3 hours, this is enough wrecks for anybody!
Offshore, toward Tory Island, and the smaller island of Inishbofin, the ground is well broken with a mixture clean seabed and pinnacle rock. Big fish country at its best!

The Charter Boats

Skippers / boats available for hire include: Michael McVeigh of Rosguill Charters, and Trevor Ryder of Bonito Charters.


Arnolds Hotel, Dunfanaghy, Co. DonegalArnolds Hotel, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal

A first class hotel s ituated at the entrance to the picturesque village of Dunfanaghy overlooking the spectacular scenery of Sheephaven Bay. The hotel overlooks the rugged beauty of the Bay and the golden sands of Killahoey Strand lapped by the blue waters of the Atlantic is just a stroll from the hotel. The striking scenery of Horn Head, with many beautiful walks and hidden attractions is home to a variety of seabirds which can be spotted off the cliffs.

The hotel has 30 ensuite well appointed bedrooms with central heating, direct dial telephone, colour television, hairdryers, and tea and coffee making facilities. A number of the bedrooms enjoy the panoramic views of the Bay and Horn Head, others enjoy the changing scenes in our mature gardens.

The area is awash with colour and texture - from Muckish Mountain brushed with wind and weather, to the three local brown trout fishing lakes of Purt, Sessiagh and New Lake - the natural habitat of swans, duck and other wild fowl that frequent the lakes during the year.

In the evening you can relax in the cosy ambience of the Seascapes Restaurant overlooking Horn Head and the bay. You will enjoy dinner at your leisure, complemented by fine wines. After dinner you can retire to the cosy Glenveagh Room where you can relax by the open fire with drinks in the company of friends. The Whiskey Fly Bar with open turf fires has music during the summer months.

Other amenities include: a tennis court, horse riding stables, putting green and croquet lawn. Arnolds Hotel has plenty of private parking space. Dunfanaghy and surrounding countryside have many attractions for the angler and his family; game fishing, the Glenveagh National Park, castles to visit, boat trips to Tory Island and beautiful Killahoey sandy beach.

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The Beach Hotel, Downings

The Beach Hotel, Downings The Beach Hotel Downings is a newly renovated, eco-friendly family run hotel located in the heart of the seaside village of Downings over looking Sheephaven Bay

The Beach Hotel offers 30 stylish en-suite bedrooms, fine cuisine in both the Restaurant and the Bar along with regular live traditional Irish music to liven up the atmosphere.

Luxurious Accommodation in Downings The Hotel is situated in Downings Bay and is approximately 35 minutes from Letterkenny, 55 minutes from Derry and is the perfect location for all the near by attractions and activities including Glenveagh National Park, Atlantic Drive, Golfing, Angling, Surfing and many more!

The Beach Hotel Downings has two bars, the modern yet comfortable lounge and the traditional Teach An tSolias. Live entertainment is available at week-ends and every night during the summer season.

Bar food is served daily in the Lounge from 1pm – 9pm offering light snacks to succulent steaks and fresh fish.

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