The Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal is a stunning example of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, and one of the most beautiful places to visit in Ireland. Sculptured by the Atlantic’s waves and winds for millennia, it’s northernmost point, Malin Head, is the very definition of wild and is one of the best vantage points from which to view the Northern Lights in Ireland.
These explosions react with the earth’s atmosphere, sparking great swathes of coloured light.
Between now and the equinox in March is being tipped as the best opportunity in Ireland for more than ten years.
Popular spots for viewing The Nothern Lights in Donegal include Ballyliffin and Malin Head.Read more
The 30th Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle works to foster and promote the singing tradition of the Inishowen Peninsula, Co. Donegal
Programme runs throughout Clonmany, Ballyliffin and DrumfriesRead more
The Amazing Grace Festival celebrates the dramatic story of John Newton’s arrival in Buncrana on the shores of Lough Swilly, Co Donegal on 8 April 1748.
After a violent storm in the Atlantic Ocean, Newton was literally saved from death as his ship found refuge in Ireland. But this moment also marked the beginning of his spiritual transformation – ‘the hour I first believed’ – that would lead to his life as a clergyman, a prolific hymn writer and mentor to William Wilberforce throughout the long battle to abolish the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
From heritage tours and peaceful walks to live music and children’s crafts, you can experience all that Inishowen has to offer and be inspired by the story of a man who helped to change history!
Tel: +353 (0)87 795 5401
This is the 12th annual organisation of the popular Inishowen promotion. It attracts not only walkers, joggers and runners from the wider Inishowen hinterland but nationally and indeed internationally with many spending the weekend in the area to enjoy a break all centred on the event and in some cases the attraction of the world class golf courses at the Ballyliffin Golf Course.
The 2019 Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge takes place on Easter Saturday, April 20th at 12pm. This is the 11th annual organisation of the popular Inishowen promotion. Year on year the numbers have increased with it climbing to a phenomenal 1,200 in 2017!
Tel: +353 (0)87 2226112
All entrants will receive their commemorative medal plus a Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge t-shirt and goody bag. For the kids race on the beach, the winners will receive a special medal in addition to the Easter Eggs and goody bags!
The Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge not only attracts walkers, joggers and runners from the wider Inishowen hinterland but nationally and indeed internationally with many spending the weekend in the area to enjoy a break all centred on the event and in some cases the attraction of the world class golf courses at the Ballyliffin Golf Course. The event is unique in that the final 2 miles is on Pollan Beach. The course fringes the sea with the backdrop of Malin Head and Five Fingers Strand as you follow the route through the Isle Of Doagh.
Ballyliffin and the surrounding area in addition to world class golf and excellent accommodation opportunities is in essence a getaway destination over the holiday period. Children’s races on Pollan Beach will again feature with the iconic backdrop of Glashedy Island, so there is something for all the family. There is the potential for participants to get involved for a charity of their choice or just run for the fun and exercise.
The Ballyliffin Community are once again preparing to welcome a large enthusiastic crowd working towards attracting a record turnout how encouraging it would be if we could report that 2000 took part in what is regarded nationally as the most scenic route on the Irish calendar!Read more
Inishowen Sea Symposium is a 2-day event in April for all levels of sea kayakers.
It will be based in Moville, Inishowen, Co Donegal.
The Sea Symposium is open to all abilities and has been attracting participants from all over Ireland, the UK and Europe for a dynamic programme of training, demonstrations, tours and leisure events focused around the Inishowen coastline.
Inishowen Sea Symposium event is a weekend feasible for everyone from beginner to advanced paddlers. It consists of sea kayaking around the coastline of Inishowen, evening talks and demonstrations. Inish Adventures feel that the amazing coastline of Inishowen needs to be shared and enjoyed by all paddlers. The plan is to kayak and enjoy the coastline from Lough Foyle to Malin Head to Inistrahull, the most northerly island in Ireland with some of the top coaches from Ireland and the UK.
May 4th, Star Wars day, a day to celebrate everything from the galaxy far, far away.
In Donegal we have our own galaxy far, far away, which is Malin Head. The most northerly point in Ireland is surrounded by rugged, wild landscape just like Ahch-To in Star Wars The Last Jedi. The peninsula is stepped in culture, history, wildlife and views that go way beyond that one could imagine of such a place. It is a place, which transcends both space and time.
Malin Head is definitely worth visiting even if you have no interest in Star Wars; the area has more than enough to offer. Donegal Climbing offer a Star Wars walking tour where you can visit the cliff region the Star Wars cast embraced, you can also visit Farren’s Bar which was made actor Mark Hamill’s local for his stay. Pride of place is the Stormtrooper boot which was signed by none other than Luke Skywalker himself, actor Mark Hamill. Donegal Climbing has a great insight as they were responsible for the personal safety of Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley during filming.
On the topic of transcending space and time, the Millennium Falcon was perched on a cliff edge for filming of The Last Jedi. A Star Wars set was in full flight for a short period. During this time Star Wars hysteria took over the region and hasn’t left since.
There are many other activities you can enjoy around Malin Head or just explore the area and find the hidden gems which may be the most satisfying.
Malin Head is a place of extreme beauty, a place for wayward Jedi and for explorers searching for another world...another galaxy far, far away.
Starting at 4.15am, and crossing the line just as dawn is breaking, the phenomenon that is Darkness Into Light, our annual 5km walk/run, will celebrate its seventh year on Saturday, May 11th 2019, with over 150 venues across Ireland and beyond lined up!
Route distance: 5km circuit
Start time: 4.15am
Get involved in a fun charity challenge by cycling around the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal.
Annual Charity Cycle being organised by Inish Cycling Club to raise funds for Alzheimer’s unit Moville and The North West Cancer Services. Two cycles route options on the day, Inish 100 – 100 mile route and Inish 60 – 60 mile route.
Depart Moville 09.30am, registration from 08.30am – €20
Both routes are fully supported , water, food stops, first aid, Cycling Ireland approved.
Last year you helped to raise €4500 all of which went directly to the charity.
Please let’s do that again.
A full weekend of song, dance and music on the shores of Lough Foyle.
More information on the Fleadh and guests to come.
An exceptionally scenic and equally challenging quest, assured to captivate you with every twist and turn of the course. The course, literally carved out of the rugged landscapes and coastal routes, forming much of the Wild Atlantic Way also branching off onto scenic hill tracks, magnificent beaches and various terrain. Structured for all fitness levels with four race option’s and each race has its own unique character and challenge that will fuel your adrenalin and instill a real sense of pride and achievement as you cross the finish line in the beautiful sea side village of Moville.
The 63k Ultra is a single loop of coastal roads, hill tracks, shore paths, beach surrounded by a variety of beautiful scenic landscapes. The Marathon slots into the loop at the “Drunken Duck” Shroove, Half Marathon at Falmore, 7 miler at Ballyrattan before all races embark on a final 3 mile run with the calming Lough Foyle coastline on their right.
Each race has an earlier start for walkers ensuring that the event is doable for all abilities and the timing starts are staggered so that all race finishers integrate and cross finish line around same time.
As with all Extreme North events, the rugged landscape and liberating beauty help your journey to the finish line, and a true Donegal hospitality, hot food, camaraderie and craic seal this truly memorable, enduring and enjoyable challenge. And remember, you can do it all again tomorrow.
The society was formed in 2002 and evolved from the very successful annual Moville Vintage Car Rally. This event attracts vintage transport enthusiasts from near far and begins with a period of show and tell in Moville Square. This is followed by the drive by all entrants round Greencastle and Stroove providing a truly spectacular sight for all.
Local interest in all things agricultural led to the annual Inishowen Vintage Agricultural Show in 2002 in Carrick Farm, just on the edge of Moville. This small event was such a hit with locals and visitors alike, that it has grown every year to be the biggest local community event of the year. Content includes a vast array of vintage tractors, machinery, trucks & cars, including displays and demonstrations of many of our traditional crafts and skills.
Inishowen Vintage Show is held every year on the 2nd Sunday of June, one of the biggest vintage shows in the North West. Moville Co. DonegalRead more
The Donegal International Rally is an annual sporting event held in Co. Donegal. It is one of Ireland’s oldest annual rally competitions and is a top event in the Irish Rallying calendar. The rally brings thousands of Domestic and International visitors to Donegal each year and this year won’t be any different.
The Donegal International Rally has a reputation for being one of the country’s most challenging rallies which begins and concludes in Letterkenny, Co.Donegal.
The rally will take place throughout the County – Stages including locations such as Brennagh, Cark Mountain, Letterleague, Garrygort, Knockalla, Grovehall, Gartan, An Gleann, Alantic Drive, Fanad Head.
Please visit www.donegalrally.ie to order your full rally programme for the Weekend.
The Donegal International Rally is celebrating it’s 43rd year running and is inviting family, friends local and overseas to come along and enjoy this exciting vibrant weekend here in beautiful Donegal.
Tel. +353 (0)74 9123063
Anyone willing to help out on this years event please call Eamonn on +353 (0)87 2857247
Wow!!! Have a look at this line-up!
It's back on Buncrana's Shore Front on 28th & 29th June 2019 with top class artists including Hudson Taylor, Hothouse Flowers, The Blizzards, Keywest, Natty Wailer and the Reggae Vibes, Lavengro, Don't Fear The Natives & Town Law.
Early Bird tickets are on sale NOW at only €20, and €10 for under 16s! These wont last long, and early bird tickets are limited ahead of our headline announcements!
Get yours now at www.buncranamusicfestival.com and visit the website for more information, we've got so much more to tell you too!
Fireworks each night, and glamping is also available this year, check out the website for more info www.buncranamusicfestival.com!Read more
A two day live music festival run with local family run bar, O' Flahertys, in the centre of Buncrana. Consisting of a main stage and an acoustic stage, local food vendors and unique drink concepts. This is a roofed event ensuring it is not weather exposed so visitors can enjoy the weekend even if rain is to fall. The line-up sourced differs from anything else brought to the area, and opens doors for a new audience and new artists.Read more
Once again this family event is a week of summer fun for all ages. This is Irelands longest running and best known family festival and is situated in the beautiful village of Clonmany in the Inishowen Peninsula.
Year after year thousands of holiday makers and locals alike enjoy the many events, live music, natural beauty and facilities which go hand in hand with the festival. From raft races and cycling events to treasure hunts and talent competitions, the festival has something to offer everyone and is an event which you will find yourself returning to again and again.
Rathmullan’s 186th Annual Regatta, will take place in the seaside village on Monday, August 5th 2019.
To mark this great occasion, there is a fantastic programme of maritime events and entertainment planned, including a visit from an Irish Navy Ship, and a spectacular rescue demonstration on the water, by RNLI lifeboat and Coastguard helicopter.
And there’s a great walk down memory lane with Arthur Lynch, will be showing a vintage film with a selection of footage of past Regatta Days – a who’s who of Rathmullan’s past community.
A festival of running, camaraderie and memories consisting of:
QUEST – 1-4 Half Marathons over 4 days
WARRIOR – 1-4 Full Marathons over 4 days
HERO – 105 mile Ultra over 27 hour cut off
This event is about the Challenge, the Scenery, the Camaraderie, the new Friends, the amazing Medals and Fantastic Memories that last for years. The event support is second to none and the opportunity for early starts for walkers and slow runners ensure that this event is all inclusive and suited to all endurance walkers and runners. The event description would never be complete with mentioning the amazing medals that assemble to form a trophy like medallion for all 4 day achievers.
The Disappear Here Film Festival will take place in a series of unique locations in and around the picturesque village of Ballyliffin, Co Donegal. From short animated films for kids, to scary midnight movies for the young at heart – The Disappear Here Film Festival promises you a weekend of entertainment, utterly unmissable and unforgettable.
The Festival will have a high concentration of shorts but includes an outstanding mix of features and documentaries. In the digital age, as society is bombarded with micro-media via the internet and attention spans are dwindling, we are offering a format tailored for the YouTube generation.
Over the weekend films will be screened in specially constructed cinemas in the village of Ballyliffin.
Our versatile programme will include screenings, talks, educational workshops and a host of entertainment events through which we will provide a unique festival experience.
Awards & Prizes
There will be a variety of awards for selected films across the weekend, including Best short, Best Music Video, Best Actor and Best Student Film. This year we will add two new award categories, namely our Green Award that rewards films that raise awareness of sustainability & preservation of our planet/environment. The second is our Social/Political Award for films that highlight issues from International human rights abuses, to advancing equality and social acceptance for the LGBT community.
The Disappear Here Film Festival will make the following awards:
• Best Live Action Short Film (Ireland)
• Best Live Action Short Film (International)
• Best Music Video
• Best Student Film
• Best Actor/Actress
• The Spirit of the Festival Award (For emerging Filmmakers)
• Green Award
• Social & Political Awareness Award
We will offer a EUR 500.00 Bursary to a selected new emerging talent.Read more
A weekend celebrating our heritage, music, genealogy and culture and will be dedicated to the memory of one of our greatest musicians and gentlemen, Seamus Grant of Clonmany.
Further details available on: www.seamusgrantweekend.com
Facebook: Seamus Grant Weekend
Crana Fest is a 2-day event for all disciplines of kayaking; sea, lough and river from Grade 2 to Grade 4. It is based in Buncrana, Inishowen and takes place in Lough Swilly and the Crana River.
This exciting event is open to all abilities and attracts participants from all over the world and provides a variety of skill sessions with top coaches from all over Ireland and the UK. Inish Adventures who organise Crana Fest is number one for BCU Paddlesport National Courses in Ireland.
Further details available on: www.cranafest.ieRead more