Posted / 14th March 2019
East Donegal is the perfect base to explore the Wild Atlantic Way and the Causeway Coastal Route. Oakfield Park is just one of the many hidden gems waiting to be discovered, and aside from stunning scenery and history, there’s also a park-land golf course, walking trails and excellent shopping department stores. Here’s our top things to do when you’re out and about in Donegal East:
1) Grianan of Aileach
The Stone Fort of Grianán of Aileach sits 250m above sea level on a hilltop in Inishowen and was probably first built on an earthen rath. The view from Aileach is breath-taking, overlooking the waters of Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly and the entire peninsula. The origins of the Grianán of Aileach fort date back to 1700 BC and it is thought that St Patrick visited the site in the 5th century and baptised the local chieftain, Eoghan (from whom Inis Eoghan gets its name). Located just ten minutes from Letterkenny and 20 minutes from Oakfield Park, it’s a must-see for visitors to Donegal.
2) Beltany Stone Circle
The amazing Beltany Stone Circle is older than the Egyptian Pyramids and is just south of Raphoe – minutes from Oakfield Park. The stunning panoramic view from this high hill is inspiring in itself, overlooking Croaghan Hill.
If you’re in Donegal for an active break and want to explore the wild Atlantic wilderness of the county, there’s no better place than The Bluestack Way. A 65km route, the Bluestack Mountains includes a range of low rounded hills with its route passing the scenic Lough Eske and an ancient mountain graveyard.
4) Salmon and Trout Fishing
Donegal East is home to some of the best salmon and trout fishing rivers in Europe, with fresh runs of salmon entering the river on every spate. Spend hours in the river, enjoying the sound of nature in the heart of Donegal.
5) Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club
Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club is an 18-hole golf course set on a lush mature parkland setting, with tree-lined fairways and picturesque views of the Donegal Mountains and the Valley of the Finn River. Open to visitors all year round, you can book your tee time online.
6) Eclipse Cinemas
If you’re in Donegal with the family, take some time-out and enjoy one of the latest blockbusters or family movies at Eclipse Cinemas in Lifford in Donegal East. Spend the day rambling around Oakfield Park’s 100-acres of manicured parkland and relax in the evening with some popcorn!
You don’t have to travel to Dublin or Belfast to have an exceptional shopping experience. The award-winning McElhinney’s Department Store is one of Ireland’s largest department stores with three floors and a Bridal Department.
8) Buffers Restaurant
A trip to Donegal East isn’t complete until you’ve sampled Buffers Restaurant. Located on our grounds, Buffers Restaurant at Oakfield Park uses produce from the gardens. There’s something to suit every taste, with a fully licensed bar, stocked with local craft beers and spirits.