Activities & Family Fun
Donegal Bay Waterbus: Enjoy a 90 minute cruise of Donegal Bay, one of the most historical and scenic areas of Ireland. Views of Donegal Abbey (a 15 Century Franciscan Abbey), Magherbeg Abbey (ruins of a 15 Century Friary), Ballyboyle (former seat of the O'Boyle clan), Hassans (an embarking point for passenger ships to Canada and North America up to the early 19 Century), Saint Ernan's where one can view the famine causeway, Murvagh (home of the famous Donegal Golf Links), a seal colony where seals playfully surround the waterbus and scenic views of the Bluestack mountains. Telephone +353 (0)74 9723666 for information
Deane's Farm & Equestrian Centre is located in South West Donegal The Equestrian Centre has an indoor and outdoor arenas, show-jumping grounds, cross country course. Riding lessons for adults and children by friendly, effective qualified staff, Pony Rides-short lead rides for the young and not so young. Experience an unforgettable guided farm tour, Deanes farm have a variety of farm animals for you to meet, feed, nurse and walk. The Open farm is open from Easter to End of August each year. Telephone +353 (0)74 9737160 for information
Salthill Gardens, Mountcharles: This contemporary garden whispers stories of walled gardens past, but today stands independently of trends and restorative themes. Since 1985, four walls, gravel paths, a greenhouse and continual green lawn have been gradually transformed to the present individually styled garden. The evolution continues season by season, always featuring a good selection of perennials, vegetables and shrubs. Telephone +353 (0)74 9735387 for information
Shopping & Crafts
Magee of Donegal: Stocking a wonderful selection of classic Donegal Tweed and contemporary clothing for men and women. During the Summer months thousands of people visit the store and can watch a Handweaver at work on a traditional hand loom. They can purchase the handwoven tweed cloth or have Magee personally tailor a Handwoven Donegal Tweed Jacket. For Spring/Summer the shop has an excellent selection of linen, cotton and pure new wool suits, jackets and trousers in classic and casual styles.
Hanna Hats of Donegal are the world famous makers of tweed hats, caps and waistcoats. Growing out of a bespoke tailoring firm started by the late David Hanna in 1924, Hanna Hats have more recently expanded into waistcoats and body warmers as well as other items of fine tweed apparel. Hanna Hats of Donegal are cut to patterns designed by Hanna Hats and assembled by hand in Donegal Town using the finest Donegal tweed (pure new wool).
Established in 1857 Belleek Pottery holds a very special place in the cultural and commercial heritage of the North West. Nestling on the banks of the River Erne, Belleek Pottery Centre is home to the world famous Belleek Fine Parian china and also to one of Irelands top five visitor attractions. The building which, up until 1988, was used to produce Belleek has since been refurbished internally and features a museum, tearoom, video theatre and showroom.
Donegal Town and the Mill Park Hotel is the ideal venue for you to enjoy a leisurely break in the magnificent North West of Ireland. Guests can avail of the surrounding attractions including shopping or visiting Donegal Castle or a leisurely tour of the famous Donegal Bay aboard the Donegal Bay Waterbus.
The most popular Visitor Attratction in Co. Donegal is Glenveagh National Park & Castle: Glenveagh is a 19th century castellated mansion and was built between 1867 and 1873. Its construction in a remote mountain setting was inspired by the Victorian idyll of a romantic highland retreat and is situated within 16,500 hectares of mountains, lakes, glens and woods with a large heard of red deer.
The 19th century castle is surrounded by the famous Glenveagh Gardens. The visitor centre and the ground floor of the Castle is accessible for people with disabilities. Access to the castle by guided tour only (max 20). Telephone:+353 (0)74 9137262 for information
Travel west toward the famous fishing port of Killybegs, the clifs of Slieve League and enter the Irish speaking Donegal Gaeltacht home to many of Ireland's famous musicians including, Enya, Clannad, Altan, and Daniel O'Donnell. Donegal also offers has the most spectacular scenery in Ireland.
From the Donegal Highlands of the Derryveagh Mountins and Mount Errigal, to the Atlantic costal villages and the numerous beautiful blue flag beaches dotted along the coastline - Donegal is a special place to visit. All this and so much more is within a short driving distance from Mill Park Hotel, Donegal Town.