Situated in the South West of Donegal, Killybegs is Ireland Premier Fishing Port. Steeped in history and heritage this small town has a population just shy of 1,500 the small town is home to some fantastic sights and local attractions – right on our doorstep.
Here is some of our top local attractions, in no specific order! We hope you will come and enjoy them, we are the perfect base for exploring all these wondering attractions, all within a very short walk/drive from the hotel.
- Killybegs International Carpet Making & Heritage Centre
The home of the world famous Killybegs Carpet Factory tells the story of carpet making in the town and is home to the largest hand-knotted loom in the world. You can learn of the importance of fishing to the town, even has a navigational simulator allowing you take control of a ship.
- Saint Catherine’s Well
Saint Catherine is the Patron Saint of Killybegs and during your visit you can visit the well that was constructed in her honor, kits castle and the ancient church and grave yard.
- Killybegs Heritage Trail
A unique experience for visitors who venture to our picturesque town. This Trail will bring you back in time, and take you on a memorable tour of the local heritage, to areas that have made such an impact on this beautiful and timeless shoreline. Details available from hotel .
- Fintra Blue Flag Beach
Fintra Beach, which holds a blue flag, is only a short 5 minute drive from us here at the Bay View. There is ample car parking at the beach or next to the old Killybegs GAA pitch. The beach is approximately 1km in length and renowned for its sandy dunes.
- Studio Donegal, Kilcar
Based in Kilcar Studio Donegal is a hand-weaving and clothing manufacturing business committed to preserving and promoting the original hand-weaving skills passed down from generation to generation in the remote mountainous region of South-West Donegal. Their cloths are skillfully woven by weavers in the workshop where unique clothing as well as bedspreads, wraps and a variety of accessories are created.
- Slieve League Cliffs
Standing three times taller than the Cliffs of Moher but perhaps not as well known, these Cliffs are the highest in Europe. Just a short drive from the Bay View Hotel & Leisure Centre they are a must see attraction
- Boat Trips
The perfect way to explore the coast line and its geological features including the Sliabh League Cliffs. A perfect way to see marine life too with regular encounters with dolphins. The many colonies of birds can also be observed along the coastline. The “Nuala Star” in Teelin departs 5 times daily during the summer season, contact reception for details.
- Silver Stand Beach, Malinbeg
If you are looking for a secluded gem of a beach then look no further. When you get as far as Malinbeg in Glencolmcille the next stop is America! When you get down the steps (Over 100!) what awaits at the bottom is well worth it, amazing un-spoilt landscape, blue water and an uncrowded peaceful escape.
- Glencolmcille Folk Village Museum
This thatched-roof replica of a rural village in Irelands most north westerly county offers a glimpse into daily life as it was during past centuries. The Folk Village Museum is a cluster of several small cottages, called a “clachan”, perched on a hillside overlooking the sandy curve of Glen Bay Beach in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) of South West Donegal. Designed, built and maintained by the local people, the Folk Village is one of Irelands’ best living-history museums
- Stone Map Of Ireland
A stunning 15-foot stone map of Ireland with each county carved in local stone is on display in Glencolmcille, just oppose the above mentioned Folk Village Museum. This work, Clocha na hEireann, is a collaborative 1916 commemoration work between stone masons from every corner of Ireland. They each used stone native to their county to produce a magnificent carving that represents an aspect of their cultural identity.