Located against the backdrop of the hills of the Inishowen Peninsula the village of Ballyliffin is a place of great natural beauty…
Enjoy panoramic views of Glashedy Island and the Atlantic Ocean. Inishowen has it all – from wild, romantic coastlines to beautiful woodland and rivers; from stunning award-winning beaches to fabulous food; from quality accommodation to a fantastic range of activities and attractions. See a different North West Coast in Winter – still beautiful, but a wilder beauty than that of summer. Wrap up warm and feel the bracing sea air or watch the waves crashing on the beaches. The gem waiting to be discovered in this beautiful area is Ballyliffin!HISTORY & FACTS ABOUT BALLYLIFFIN
Places to Eat
In Ballyliffin restaurants serve only the freshest products sourced whenever possible from the local area so that visitors can enjoy the authentic taste of Inishowen from the hands of world renowned chefs. With a sprinkling of an Inishowen welcome, why not enjoy the taste and hospitality of the Peninsula on your visit.
Nancy’s Barn, is an authentic 19th century converted barn and a quirky and innovative restaurant/bistro. They boast delicious home baking and a selection of fresh daily specials. Their speciality has certainly become their world award-winning seafood chowder.learn more
The Cruckaughrim Restaurant
Choose from sumptuous A la Carte and Table d’hôte menus carefully selected to bring you the very best of local fresh produce. A superb Bar Food Menu is also available daily in the Rachtan Bar with a wide selection of the finest local fresh seafood, meats and seasonal produce.learn more
Jack’s Bar & Restaurant
Dining at the Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa Hotel offers exceptional value for money accompanied with great food and quality service. Their Award Winning Chefs, who received an AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence in 2018, make dining a memorable experience.learn more
The Glashedy Restaurant
This popular Ballyliffin restaurant offers a wonderful selection of fresh Donegal produce cooked in creative styles to make up their traditional Table d’Hote menu. They also offer Bar Food which is available daily in their Strand Bar, offering great choice and value.learn more
The Linx Restaurant
The Linx Restaurant at Ballyliffin Golf Club boasts breathtaking panoramic views of the golf complex and the Atlantic ocean. Enjoy dining while overlooking both courses and watching the spectacular sunsets over Pollan Bay in one of the finest restaurants in the North West.learn more
There’s always plenty to keep you entertained in the local area – music events, festivals and much more, whether for a good night out in the pub, or day out for all the family!
Ballyliffin International Coastal Challenge
Experience one of the most beautiful routes imaginable – this event is held each Easter against the backdrop of the Isle of Doagh, Lagg, Malin and Glashedy Island finishing up on the scenic Pollan Beach.Learn more
Disappear Here Film Festival
The Disappear Here Film Festival takes place in Ballyliffin each September. From short animated films for kids, to scary midnight movies for the young at heart – enjoy an utterly unmissable and unforgettable weekend.Learn more
This is Irelands longest running and best known family festival and is situated in the beautiful village of Clonmany each August. The festival has something to offer everyone and is an event which you will find yourself returning to again and again.Learn more
Seamus Grant Weekend
The weekend aims to honor the memory of Seamus Grant – who was a notable local musician, by celebrating the local music, tradition and culture of Clonmany. Takes place in venues around Clonmany and Ballyliffin each October.Learn more
Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar
This four day festival of traditional singing featuring performances, sessions, workshops and lectures takes place each March in the villages of Ballyliffin, Dumfries and Clonmany.Learn more
Clonmany Agricultural Show
Each August the show attracts thousands of visitors from across Ireland and the UK from farmers to young families. It showcases local produce, arts & crafts, fashion, kids entertainment, horse jumping and dancing competitions.Learn more
Shops & Bars
You’ll find anything you need in our local shops, or if it’s a night you’re after out you’ll receive a warm, friendly welcome in any of the local bars!
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Getting To and From Ballyliffin
Ballyliffin is 27 miles (44km) from Derry, 37 miles (60km) from Letterkenny, 97 miles (157 km) from Belfast and 171 miles (276km) from Dublin.
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When travelling from Derry (and Belfast) – cross the Foyle bridge and take the A2 towards Moville, turning off for Carndonagh at Quigleys point (Carrowkeel). Ballyliffin is six miles (10km) beyond Carndonagh.
Satellite Navigation Location (centre of village): 55.279644, -7.393865
Local Ballyliffin/Clonmany Taxi Numbers
Dan Toland – 07493 76990
Hughie Coady – 087 9909887
Andy Nelson – 086 088 1330
Gerard Bradley – 086 2776441