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Downings, Donegal, Republic of Ireland
Ms Mairead McClafferty
“Irish Hospitality at its best” the Beach Hotel is a family run three star hotel which received Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards in 2013 for Choice Bargain hotels in Ireland. The hotel is located seaside village of Downings, County Donegal.
The Beach Hotel is on the famous Atlantic Drive, this family run hotel renowned for its friendly atmosphere and fine cuisine is ideally located.
Completely refurbished with all modern facilities, including free WiFi throughout. Regular music and live entertainment in-house livens up the atmosphere. Guests can enjoy formal or informal dining options or flavour the continental feel of our heated terraces and green area. A central base to tour breathtaking Donegal. With sandy beaches on its doorstep Downings offers something for everyone.
Trá Beag located directly behind the hotel, Trá Mor with miles of golden sand, Trá na Rossán ideal for surfing and the Murder Hole. Deep Sea, Tuna & Shark fishing can be arranged. The local golf course was awarded 2011 European Golf Destination of the Year in the North West of Ireland. One of the top golf destinations in the world, there are two 18 hole championship courses, a 9 hole course along with pitch and putt facilities. Best of all it is 5 minutes from the Beach Hotel and there are reduced green fee packages to offer through the hotel.
There is a considerable amount of walking routes including two world class loop walks on natural terrain. For those who wish to capture the picturesque surroundings, several painting breaks are available at the hotel.
Watersports enthusiasts will not be disappointed with windsurfing, sailing, surfing, wreck diving, PADI open water diving courses, scuba diving, indoor diving, coasteering, snorkelling and sea kayaking along with adventure sessions on Downings Beach for 8 weeks during the summer. Downings is also the destination for the annual all Ireland Windsurfing competition and an annual sailing regatta.
On another sporting note, the area hosts the annual Donegal International motorsports event with special stages on the Atlantic Drive in Downings and Glen/Carrigart. For those looking for a driving experience, off-roading in customised jeeps is located only minutes from the hotel.
Local family days out, supervised family fun on the beach during peak season, various teen and kids camps, indoor play zone, leisure centre, tennis, bicycle hire and horse riding.
Downings cultural experiences include traditional Irish music, Irish language courses, currach racing (type of Irish boat), Donegal Woollen Mill, kids Gaelic football camp, storytelling sessions in Teach John Mhici Ban, Irish nights that incorporate drama, song, dance, music and poetry.
Day trips include the scenic Atlantic Drive, Lough Salt, Horn Head, Glenveagh National Park, Ards Forest Park, Ards Friary, Dunfanaghy Workhouse Heritage Centre, Dunlewey Lakeside Centre, Lurgybrack Open Farm and Tory Island.