The development of Fanad Head Lighthouse as part of an all-island tourism trail has the potential to attract 60,000 visitors per year, claim the Commissioners of Irish Lights. It is expected that half a million Euro will be invested in developing amenities there over the next two years. Irish Lighthouses are to become the focus of a new all-island, European Union INTERREG IVA funded €2.5million tourism and job creation project. The All Island Lighthouse Trail project, led by the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL), will see key operational lighthouse facilities also made available for specialist tourism accommodation and attractions. Phase 1 of project involves five sites, three in Northern Ireland and two in Donegal. These will be added to the six sites already operating in the Republic with the eventual plan being to have between 15-20 lighthouses operating as part of a tourist trail all around the Irish coast. Fanad Head and St. John’s Point Dunkineely have been selected from Donegal’s eleven lighthouses to be part of the project. This proposal envisages the provision of a coffee shop, a gift shop, exhibition area and tourism information. The Lighthouse has been to the fore in local and international media recently when it was voted as one of the top 10 most beautiful lighthouses in the world in […]
Portsalon Luxury Camping
Portsalon Luxury Camping is located in a stunning coastal setting in the North of Donegal.
We are open to visitors from May to November and rent out five yurts with luxurious king sized beds, lovely cosy interiors and fabulous wood burning stoves.
Prices start at just €60 per night and we offer four 4-person yurts and one 6-person yurt.
Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, there is no shortage of things to see and places to explore or you can choose to just kick back and relax on our easy going site.
Our local village of Portsalon has a wonderful 3 mile long blue flag sandy beach.
Peaceful, tranquil and secluded, our site is the perfect escape from a hectic pace of life.
You are welcome at Portsalon Luxury Camping in Donegal – a little piece of heaven on earth where you can really get away from it all. Its the finest Ireland glamping experience.
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- MulroyMulroy is our largest yurt (20ft diameter). This yurt has an electrical connection with power sockets and electric lighting and has a ramp allowing for access for people with disabilities. (the facilities block includes a fully accessible toilet/shower). Mulroy situated about 20 metres from the facilities blocks, suitable for those who want very easy access […]
- Fanad LighthouseFanad Head Lighthouse is a distinctive landmark of the area. The lighthouse ws built by George Haplin in response to the sinking of the frigate Saldannah in Lough Swilly in 1812. It was first lit on March 17, 1817. The last principal keeper of the lighthouse retired in 1983. Today it serves as a helicopter […]
- Glenveagh National ParkGlenveagh National Park is one of six national parks in Ireland and is an outstandingly beautiful spot. Glenveagh encompasses some 16,000 hectares in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Such a great wilderness is the haunt of many interesting plants and animals. The golden eagle was reintroduced to Donegal by the Park in 2000. These […]
- Greenfort gardensGreenfort House and Gardens situated approximately 3 km from Portsalon Luxury Camping. The Babington family built the first house at Greenfort in 1711, The Bartons expanded and remodelled the house in the early 1800s and then in 1965, the Perrys renovated and added to the buildings. The walled garden and mature trees date from the […]
- Doe CastleDoe Castle – ‘Caislean na dTuath’ ‘ in Sheephaven Bay near Creeslough. Built in the 16th century, it was a stronghold of Clan Suibhne. The castle sits on a small peninsula surrounded on three sides by water with a moat cut into the rock on the landward side. Irish singer Brian Mcfadden proposed to his […]
- Ards Forest ParkArds Forest Park is a fabulous destination for a day trip and will provide much to do on many a repeat visit. The park covers approximately 1200 acres. It includes a variety of habitats, among them sand dunes, beaches, salt marshes, salt water lakes, rock face and, of course, coniferous and deciduous woodlands. The sea […]
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http://www.amazinggrace.ie/ A new viewing platform at Lough Swilly, near Castle Bridge, Co Donegal, commemorates anti-slavery advocate and ‘Amazing Grace’ author John Newton. The tribute marks the spot where Newton began his conversion to Christianity when coming ashore after surviving a near-shipwreck. “It was at a very crucial point in his life,” says Ruth Garvey-Williams, secretary of the Amazing Grace Initiative. “Up until that point he was self-described as a wretch. He was involved in the slave trade. “He was travelling to Liverpool from Africa, and because of the trade winds they had a very circuitous route. “He was caught in a violent storm, and found himself crying out for mercy. He thought: ‘what mercy can there be for me, a wretch?’” The ship managed to make it to safety, but Newton “stepped ashore a changed man.” Even though he remained active in the slave trade for another six years, he later became a staunch opponent of the industry. Garvey-Williams said the idea for the platform, with a mosaic design incorporating the words “Amazing Grace” and the image of the ship, The Greyhound, began in 2006 after Amazing Grace Initiative member Mike Mullins read about Newton’s remarkable story. The €30,000 project was […]
Failte Ireland says the newly-launched ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ provides a unique opportunity to showcase the best of the North West region. Fáilte Ireland is calling for local communities in Donegal to get involved in the development of The Wild Atlantic Way, which is set to be Ireland’s first long distance driving route for tourists. The road is a stunning 1,400 driving route from Donegal to West Cork and it is hoped that the development of this route will provide a significant influx of tourists to Donegal. Over the past number of months, Fáilte Ireland, together with the Local Authorities along the West Coast, has examined a range of route options for the Wild Atlantic Way and is now seeking the views of tourism businesses and communities on a preferred route. To begin this development, the backbone of the route will be established and later supplemented by identifying loops off the main route. It is hoped that this will encourage visitors to visit a wider variety of destinations in Donegal. Funding of €1.8 million was announced earlier this year for a pilot stage of the Wild Atlantic Way project in Connemara which is now under way. The 2,500km route was unveiled […]