Fort of the foreigners and seafood fresh off the boats
Killybegs overlooks Donegal Bay, across to the lighthouse at St John’s Point and onto the distinctive Ben Bulben mountain in Sligo. As Ireland’s number one fishing port, it has a profound connection to the ocean, and this is explained beautifully in the Maritime and Heritage Centre. At the mouth of the bay is Donegal Town, or Dhún na nGall (Irish), which translates as Fort of the Foreigners, referencing a time when Vikings made the town their stronghold. From Donegal Castle to the Franciscan Friary ruins, historical significance is everywhere. To see this pretty spot from the shores, hop onto the Donegal Bay Waterbus for gorgeous views of the Bluestack Mountains, Seal Island and the Bay itself.
If you have more time
Book a table at Harvey's Point, voted best hotel restaurant at the Irish Restaurant Awards. Or for something more casual, drop into The Harbor Restaurant or The Village Tavern. Delicious.