The North-west coast of Ireland is undoubtedly the most scenic unspoilt area in western Europe. The absence of large industrial zones have kept our beaches clean and water pure. Over the years we in Donegal have developed our area to promote tourism and have become aware of the needs of visitors to our shores.
Cruit Island is nestled mid way within the Rosses. The Rosses being the local name for the townlands between the Gweebara Bridge and the Crolly Bridge.
We are proud to have on our doorstep the wonderful facilities at Donegal Airport, which has attracted record visitors to our locality in recent times. The airport provides daily service from Donegal to Dublin, with flying time less than 1 hour. Car hire is also available from the airport. For full details on the services provided at Donegal Airport please visit www.donegalairport.ie.
Dotted all along our coastline are some of the most beautiful safe sandy beaches. Blue flag beaches ensure the safety for its users and the nearest one is located beside the airport at Carrickfinn. A popular place to be all year round even for that winter stroll. Cruit Island itself plays hosts to some wonderful beaches large and small, sheltered bays and inlets. The Local pony club on Cruit Island can often been seen along the shore front and during the summer months the sailboats are a welcome sight around the island.
For the golfing enthusiast there are other courses within easy reach to Cruit Island Golf Club
Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort
Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort where they have three 18 hole links courses, Old Tom Morris Links, Sandy Hills Links and the new St Patrick’s Links by Tom Doak opened in June 2021 and has taken the golf world by storm, culminating in its debut as the highest new entry at #55 in the GOLF Magazine Top 100 in the World rankings 2021-22.
Narin & Portnoo
Narin & Portnoo 18 hole links course has long been regarded as one of Ireland’s hidden gems. But with a significant restorative effort by the design team of Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner, don’t expect Narin & Portnoo to be hidden for long. Narin and Portnoo (narinandportnoolinks.com)
For the non-golfer we have other leisure activities that may be of interest to you. Being situated along the coast you can available of chartered sea angling trips, day trips to the local islands. Lots of our lakes are well stocked and you can arrange boat hire for a leisurely day of fly fishing.
Horse Riding available from Arnolds Hotel in Dunfanaghy. www.arnoldshotel.com
For the more energetic, the high summit of Mount Errigal can easily be conquered by the may pathways etched by previous mountaineers.
Parks & Walks
The National Park at Glenveagh is within a short drive and a lovely historical day out for all the family. Visitwww.glenveaghnationalpark.ie for all details.
The Poison Glen situated at the foot of Mount Errigal is a popular trek for many hillwalkers as are all the local scenic byways.
While in the area around Dunlewey why not call to Ionad Cois Locha / Dunlewey visitor center. A most enjoyable afternoon can be wiled away browsing through the craft shop, taking a boat trip up Dunlewey lake, learning the local history while the kids have great fun in the outdoor park. The center also has a new concert hall / theatre, so look out for upcoming events.
Visit www.dunleweycentre.com for further information.