Things to do in Letterkenny and Donegal
  Good Things to do in Letterkenny and Donegal
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General Attractions

  • Call to the Tourist Centre to get up-to-date information on what's on in the town when you're there. There is a touchscreen information booth available here. The tourist centre is located outside the town (about 1-2 Km) just off the Neil T.Blaney Roundabout on the Derry Road. It is a stone-fronted building, fairly visible on the right hand side as you come towards the town from Sligo (N13) or Derry.

  • Theatre: An Grianán Theatre, Port Road, Letterkenny

  • Craft Classes and Demonstrations : Treasure Bin, Letterkenny. Tel: +353 (0) 74 9177877 (Click Here )

  • Paintballing: The Old Foundry Paintball Games, Letterkenny (Click Here)

  • Ten-Pin Bowling: Arena 7, Ramelton Road, Letterkenny (Click Here)

  • Cinema: Century Cinemas, Letterkenny (Click Here)

  • Swimming Pool: Letterkenny Leisure Centre, High Road (daily rates from about €5)

  • The Letterkenny Town Park is located at Hospital Roundabout and opened in 1999. The park is laid out with a herb garden, flower beds, mature and new trees, an orchard area, playing areas, bowling green, walks, playgrounds and a Garden of Remberance and has leaf-shaped gates at several entry points.
  • Outdoor Pursuits: Gartan Adventure Centre, Churchill,located about 20k from Letterkenny, follow the signs on the Glenties to Churchill road.

  • The County Museum: High Road, Letterkenny. Local history and exhibitions.

  • Library and Arts Centre: Oliver Plunkett Road.

  • Newmills Corn and Flax Mill is a restored mill on the outskirts of the town. Take the road towards Glenties for about 5 KM and it's on the left hand side. Tel: +353(0)74-91-25115

  • Grianan of Aileach is an ancient fort site located twenty miles from Letterkenny on the Derry road.

  • Glenveagh Glenveagh National Park (Click Here) will take at least one pleasurable day, with tours of the house and grounds available all year round.

  • Award-winning beaches abound in the locality. Visit Marble Hill, Portsalon or Portnoo to experience the peace and quiet of County Donegal, while staying in Letterkenny. All are within an hour's drive of the town.

  • The Letterkenny Christian Fellowship - an interdenominational group of Irish and international believers who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and seek to live for Him and know Him personally. Currently, believers from places such as Europe, Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and America are a part of LCF.
  • Shopping in Letterkenny

  • Letterkenny has some fantastic and large shopping centres with a variety of stores.
  • The Courtyard Shopping Centre is situated in the square and Letterkenny Shopping Centre is just beside the bus station. The Forte Shopping Centre is opposite the Radisson Hotel, featuring many clothes shops.

    Many chain stores have branches in these shopping centres and other areas of the town, including Tesco, Dunnes, Penneys, TK Maxx, Argos, Eason, Elverys, Next, Heatons, Lidl, Supervalue, Tempest, Lifestyle, Jean Scene, Paco, Xtravision, Harry Corrys, Homebase and Atlantic Homecare.
  • Previously, The Main Street served as the main shopping area in the town but most trade has now shifted further afield expanding the town in the process. Newer shopping areas in the town include the retail parks on Pearse Street and Canal Street. Smaller streets such as Church Street and Castle Street have grown in recent years with businesses such as bakeries, pharmacies and fashion outlets having sprung up. The Market Square has also been improved considerably, attracting fresh business. Port Road and Main Street have now become more renowned for being social outlets with a vast array of pubs and night clubs springing up in recent years.
  • For gifts and souvenirs, Victor's Giftshop on the Main Street should be visited and stroll along the Main Street to check the stalls and other craft shops. Not surprisingly due to the fantastic scenery that surrounds them, artists abound in Donegal and their work can be purchased in Letterkenny galleries and craftshops. Watch out for the uniquely sculpted "Bog-oak" (preserved wood retrieved from the bogs and crafted into artistic shapes and forms before a polished finish is applied). Also the Moroccan furniture shop Medina is a must see, with a fantastic range of hand-crafted moroccan furniture that would grace any home.
  • The Cristeph Gallery, located on the Port Road beside the Oaktree Restaurant, has local artists' work for sale.
  • On Saturday mornings, there is a "Car-Boot" sale held in the grounds of the Community Centre on the Port Road, where all sorts of unusual odds and ends can be bought as souvenirs.

  • Sport in the Locality

  • Sport is very popular in the area of Letterkenny, with Gaelic Games (hurling & gaelic football) and soccer being the most popular. There are two Gaelic Athletic Association clubs in Letterkenny, St. Eunan's and Letterkenny Gaels who play their home games at O' Donnell Park and Dave Gallaher Memorial Park, respectively. Almost uniquely in Ireland, the rugby club and Gaelic club Letterkenny Gaels, share facilities. Gaelic football, like most of County Donegal, is the predominant sport (See Donegal GAA), although soccer is also very popular.
  • There are also many small, amateur soccer clubs in and around the town such as Letterkenny Rovers F.C. and Bonagee United FC.
  • Rugby in the town, being played at various levels, from school to senior league level.Letterkenny RFC, which was founded in 1973, is the major rugby club in the town. It has recently forged links with New Zealand rugby fraternities due to the fact the the first All-Black captain, Dave Gallaher was born in Ramelton, a village eight miles from Letterkenny. The club's rugby ground in Letterkenny was named The Dave Gallaher Memorial Park in his honour in November 2005 by a visiting contingent of All-Black players, led by captain Tana Umaga.
  • Other Letterkenny sports clubs include basketball, tennis, athletics, pitch and putt and numerous golf clubs in the town. There is also a state of the art Aura leisure centre in the town.
  • Polercise (Letterkenny) is the latest fitness alternative to aerobics, pilaties and the gym with an increasing number of celebrities publicly declaring their addiction to the pole. Artisitc pole dancing lessons improve muscle tone, strength and flexibility, not alone increasing your confidence by developing your sexy sensual side!
  • Donegal has many beautiful Golfcourses, some beside beautiful beaches, and Letterkenny is the ideal base for visiting golfers. The town's own Golf Course has been completely redesigned and renovated and is now a top class challenging parkland course located on the banks of lough Swilly. It is situated about 3 Km from letterkenny town centre on the road to Ramelton. Green Fees are in the region of €25 per person.

  • There is also a Driving range just outside the town on the Rathmelton road and a Pitch & Putt course in the same locality.

  • Further afield, you can play the Nick Faldo-designed Ballyliffin course (follow the road to Derry, go through Buncrana and Clonmany to get to Ballyliffen), in the Inishowen Penninsula. This course is rated one of the finest in the world.
  • Or experience Portsalon Golfcourse (Follow the Ramelton road, through Milford and Kerrykeel village to get to Portsalon) on the Fanad Penninsula, another coastal gem for serious golfers.
  • Dunfanaghy Golf Course is another nice course with great views (Follow the Kilmacrennan road, through Cresslough to get to Dunfanaghy). These courses are within an hour's drive from Letterkenny.
  • The town also hosts The Donegal International Rally in June every year and the Donegal Harvest Rally every October.