When it comes to Inishowen Hotels, you’re spoiled for choice.
This mighty corner of Ireland is home to a number of hotels that have racked up some excellent reviews over the years.
And the vast majority of them are finely placed for exploring the sensational Inishowen Peninsula and its many attractions.
In the guide below, you’ll find the best hotels Inishowen has to offer, from the much-loved Inishowen Gateway Hotel to some lesser-known spots that still pack a fine punch!
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Our Favourite Hotels In Inishowen
Section one is packed with what are our favourite Inishowen hotels. This section is a mix of old and new places to stay, with each boasting great reviews on Booking.com.
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1. The Inishowen Gateway Hotel
Located in Beautiful Buncrana, the Inishowen Gateway Hotel boasts beachfront views, a wellness spa, 20m indoor pool and a bar.
The beach is also a stone’s throw away, if you fancy a wee dip in the sea. Guests can even go golfing for free at the Buncrana Golf Course, a real treat when the sun is splitting the trees.
The spacious rooms are tastefully decorated in lavish fabrics and come with a work desk, tea and coffee facilities and an en suite bathroom, perfect in the case of a rainy day.
If you read the reviews for the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, you’ll get a good idea as to why it’s regarded by many as one of the best hotels in Donegal.
Things to do nearby
It’s also a handy 16-minute drive from the mighty Mamore Gap which, like Donegal’s Glengesh Pass, is one of the most unique roads in Ireland.
2. The Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa
Also known as “Ireland’s Most Northerly 4-star Hotel” and widely regarded as one of the best spa hotels in Donegal, this award-winning hotel in Inishowen offers stunning panoramic views over Malin Head.
Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa is a great base to start if you wish to explore the Inishowen Peninsula and all the local activities that come with it.
The modern rooms ooze elegance and the fitness centre and spa equipped with everything from a pool and a steam room to a sauna and Jacuzzi await you.
Things to do nearby
Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa hotel in Inishowen is well-placed for exploring some of the peninsulas attractions, without having to do much driving. You’ve some of the best beaches Donegal has to offer closeby along with a number of other great spots:
- Pollan Strand: 5 minutes
- Tullagh Strand: 9 minutes
- Five Finger Strand: 22 minutes)
- Glenevin Waterfall: 7 minutes
- Doagh Famine Village: 9-minutes
- Mamore Gap: 16 minutes
- Dunree Fort: 20 minutes
- Malin Head: 33 minutes
3. Lake of Shadows Hotel
The Lake of Shadows is one of our favourite Inishowen Hotels. This boutique seaside hotel is situated in Buncrana, a prime location on the peninsula.
The hotel is just 5 minutes from the town centre and Lough Swilly. All rooms were recently refurbished, creating an elegant and comfy atmosphere.
The hotel might be small but it’s reasonably priced and full of character. The food, in particular, is known for being top-notch here.
Things to do nearby
The Lake of Shadows Hotel in Inishowen is perfectly placed for the Inishowen 100 road trip, as the hotel is situated right at the start of the peninsula.
This drive will take you to many of Inishowen’s top attractions over the course of 4+ hours. However, if you’d like to take it easy and do less driving, there are several attractions very closeby.
- Lisfannon Beach: 6 minutes
- Fort Dunree: 18 minutes
- Wild Ireland: 19 minutes away
- Grianan of Aileach: 20 minutes away
- Mamore Gap: 20 minutes
4. McGrory’s Hotel Inishowen
Next up in our guide to the best Inishowen hotels is the very popular McGrory’s Hotel. Situated in Culdaff village, this family-run hotel has a reputation for providing guests with a traditional Donegal experience.
From the freshest of fresh seafood to traditional music in the bar to the down-to-earth staff, it all feels as though you are staying in someone’s home.
The hotel is only a few minutes drive away from Culdaff beach where you can go swimming, canoeing or even surfing.
Things to do nearby
McGrory’s Hotel in Inishowen is much further north than the three hotels we mentioned previous, which means you’ll be in a better position to visit Malin Head and some other nearby spots.
Hotels In Inishowen Perfect For A Night Away With A Difference
There are a number of Inishowen hotels that offer a slightly more unique experience than many of the other hotels in Donegal.
In the section below, you’ll find a handful of hotels where you can kick back in style and enjoy a night away with a difference.
1. Redcastle Hotel
This luxurious 4-star hotel in Inishowen is nestled on the shores of Lough Foyle, boasting an impressive indoor pool, spa and fine restaurant.
It will be impossible not to relax here. Its location gives the hotel a natural charm, with lovely views over Magilligan Beach and Lough Foyle.
The stylish rooms incorporate part of the buildings 18th-century architecture. The hotel resort even comes with a 9-hole golf course and a modern gym.
Things to do nearby
Redcastle Hotel is easily one of the best Inishowen hotels, combining a mix of cosy, elegant interiors with views, views and more views.
There’s plenty to see and do near this Inishowen hotel, from beaches and bays to coastal walks and more.
- Kinnagoe Bay: 22 minutes
- Quigley’s Point: 6 minutes
- Malin Head: 40 minutes
2. Ballyliffin TownHouse Boutique Hotel Inishowen
Out of the many Inishowen hotels in this guide, the Ballyliffin Townhouse comes the most recommended, with guests raving about the standard of both the rooms and the service.
Situated in the seaside town of Ballyliffin and on the route of the Wild Atlantic Way, this 4-star family-run boutique hotel is nothing short of magical
The spacious rooms come with super king-sized beds as well as a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities, and deluxe en suite bathroom.
Not too far from the hotel is Glenevin waterfall, Tullagh Strand and Pollen Strand (two perfect unspoiled beaches to check out).
Things to do nearby
This hotel is arguably the best placed of all of the Inishowen hotels in this guide to you’re looking for a base to explore.
The hotel is a stone’s throw from heaps of the most popular attractions on the Inishowen Peninsula, which means the amount of time you’ll spend driving will be kept to a minimum.
- Tullagh Strand: 7 minutes
- Pollan Strand: 16 minutes
- Mamore Gap: 15 minutes
- Dunree Fort: 18 minutes
- Doagh Famine Village: 9 minutes
- Glenevin Waterfall: 5 minutes
- Malin Head: 32 minutes
Unique Places To Stay In Inishowen
The final section of our guide to the best Inishowen hotels tackles the slightly more unique places to stay (that aren’t hotels).
Below, you’ll find lodges, B&Bs and guesthouses (and a castle, actually!) that have racked up a crazy amount of brilliant reviews online.
1. Templeview Lodge in Greencastle
Situated in Greencastle, this guest house offers stunning views from the comfort of a spacious and cosy room. There is also a shared lounge and garden if you fancy a bit of socialising.
One of the biggest highlights is the host Sheila, who is more than happy to tailor your experience during your stay, such as offering helpful tips about hidden gems or advise on getting from A to B or a bit of banter.
2. Sea Vista Boutique Accommodation
This stunning adults-only guesthouse boasts incredible views of Lough Swilly and is only 10 minutes from Lisfannon beach.
In the morning guests can start the day with a delicious full Irish breakfast (vegetarian option is available too) and then venture out into the local area to explore the countryside. The rooms are big and the comfy beds will ensure you get a good night’s sleep.
This is a great pit stop if you are exploring the Inishowen peninsula and the hosts are more than happy to point you in the right direction for anything you want to see or do.
3. Riversdale Country House
Now for something a bit on the wild side! This guest house is in the heart of the Inishowen Peninsula and the property is located on a working farm with donkeys, geese and cows to make friends with.
Each room comes with tea/coffee making facilities, a flat-screen TV and either an en suite or private bathroom.
Hearty breakfasts are prepared in the morning, with the freshest ingredients coming from the farm. The surrounding countryside is perfect for walks though you a scenic drive to Malin Head isn’t far either.
4. Malin Head View B&B
Malin Head View B&B located in Ballygorman village, right at the very top of Donegal. The location is absolutely fantastic, from the breakfast room you can get panoramic ocean views, getting you primed for the adventures that await you.
Rooms are comfy, a lot of attention to detail and en suite. You can take a little walk from the house to get to a rocky beach though there is so much more to around the area.
5. The Castle Inn
Nestled within the dreamy village of Greencastle, the Castle Inn boats bright, elegant rooms with the added bonus of amazing ocean views that go toe-to-toe with the best hotels Inishowen has to offer.
Each room has a private bathroom, flat-screen TV and tea/coffee-making facilities. The Castle Inn is also next to the ruins of Northburg Castle and Greencastle Magilligan ferry is only 300 metres away.
Guests can also enjoy hiking nearby or simply just chill in the garden and the Benone beach is 1.2 km from the guesthouse.