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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!


Places to Stay

Ballyliffin and the surrounding area offer a superb choice of accommodation which include family-run businesses and four-star accommodation.  They all offer an intimate dining experience using locally produced produce whenever possible.  Rooms are finished to the highest standards and visitors can unwind in a relaxed and comfortable environment or plan ahead for their leisure activities. The hotels also have unrivalled views of the Atlantic Ocean, Glashedy Island, the Golf Course, and the beautiful unspoiled landscape of the Inishowen Peninsula.

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

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.

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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.

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Jack’s Bar, Restaurant & Terrace

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 along with a Michelin Guide Listing  in 2019,  make dining a memorable experience.

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Glashedy View Restaurant

Glashedy View Restaurant at Ballyliffin Golf Club boasts breathtaking panoramic views of the golf complex and the Atlantic ocean. Enjoy dining while overlooking both courses watching the spectacular sunsets over Pollan Bay in one of the finest restaurants in the North West.

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Atlantic Catch

Atlantic Catch is a traditional Fish & Chip shop in the heart of Ballyliffin.  Their extensive menu, that includes delicious fresh home made chips and a range of gluten free options, offers great value and something to suit everyone. All available to eat in or take away.

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You’ll be surprised how much there is to do..something for all ages and interests..

View our live webcam for surfing conditions at Pollan Bay (not currently active but will be back up and running soon).


Things to See

With plenty of local attractions and places of interest, here are some of the main places of interest in the Ballyliffin area.


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.

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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.

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Clonmany Festival

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Shops & Bars

You’ll find anything you need in our local shops, or if it’s a night out you’re after 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.

    Travel company links:

    Dublin – McGinley Coaches
    Letterkenny – North West Busways
    Derry/Belfast – Translink NI Railways
    Derry/Belfast – Translink Goldline Bus

    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
    Hughie Coady – 087 9909887
    Andy Nelson – 086 088 1330
    Gerard Bradley – 086 2776441

    Main images courtesy of: Lily Gibbons, Caroline Grant, Winnie Grant, Nuala McLaughlin, Josie Todd, Liane Radcliffe, Cathal Doherty, Ballyiffin Golf Club, Ann McGonigle (Glenowen Studio)