Beautiful beaches Lough Swilly Ferry North West Golf Club Shore Walk Surfing Inishowen 100 Scenic Drive Grianan Fort Giant's Causeway

The Inishowen Peninsula is situated in the North West of the Republic of Ireland and it possesses such a range of sights and attractions that is often referred to as 'Ireland in Miniature'. This is the undiscovered Ireland, a world apart, a timeless place.
Inishowen is well known as one of the most scenic parts of Ireland but the nature of that scenery combines with the up to date outdoor sporting facilities to provide the ideal base for an activity holiday.

Inishowen Tourism Website

Local Area

Bankhead Cottages are situated in the heart of the Inishowen Peninsula, less than 2km from Buncrana town center.
The town provides a rich variety of culture, amenities and outdoor activities.
  • Beautiful beaches providing excellent facilities for sailing, swimming, water sports and fishing.
  • Numerous bars and restaurants to cater for all tastes
  • 2 golf courses (9 hole and 18 hole)
  • Brown trout fishing on site
  • Trout and salmon fishing on Crana River
  • Buncrana Pier fishing - Mackrel
  • Indoor leisure center with swimming pool
  • The Inishowen Gateway Hotel has its own leisure center comprising a Health & Fitness Club and a Seagrass Wellbeing Centre.
  • Superb children's play park with slides, swings ropes etc
  • Excellent coastal paths, riverside paths, woodland paths and country lanes for walking
  • Ferry service across Lough Swilly between Buncrana and Rathmullan during summer months.

Explore the North-West

Bankhead Cottages provide the ideal base for exploring the north-west of Ireland. The Inishowen Peninsula and the surrounding area possesses such a wealth and wide range of activities and attractions, that you could spend your whole life here without seeing everything.
Local attractions in Inishowen include;
  • Inishowen 100 Scenic Drive
  • Swan Park / Ned's Point / Fr Hegarty's Rock
  • Tullyarvan Mill Cultural and Exhibition Centre
  • Fort Dunree Military Museum
  • Grianan of Aileach Stone Fort
  • Doagh Famine Village
  • Inishowen Maritime Museum & Planetarium
  • Leisureland Fun Center
  • Banba's Crown - Ireland's most northerly point
Major tourist attractions just a short drive away include;
  • Walls of Derry
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Belfast Zoo
  • Glenveagh National Park
  • Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge
  • Tower Museum, Derry
  • Mussenden Temple
  • Bushmills Distillery
  • Marble Arch Caves

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It's bounded on three sides by sea and lough, with monutains in the middle and beautiful beaches on the coast. The welcome is warm, it's easy and inexpensive to reach and there are some wonderful places to stay. Even its name - Inishowen - has a wild, romantic ring. And only a tiny fraction of the millions of tourists who flock to Ireland ever discover it.

John Kerswill writing about Insihowen for Holiday Cottages Magazine