Home And Away Guide: Great Northern Hotel Bundoran Co Donegal

The small town of Bundoran stands on the northwest coast of Donegal, Ireland's most ancient and traditional county. The landscape is stunning with unspoilt sandy beaches, top golf courses and the best surfing in the world. Its rugged coastline, pleasant weather and abundance of outdoor activities make this rural and relatively undeveloped setting a popular holiday destination, particularly during summer months.

Bundoran offers a variety of activities particularly for those who love the outdoors, such as water sports, equestrian outings and golfing. The beach at Bundoran has enjoyed a strong reputation among local surfers for many years due to its reliable production of wave activity throughout the year.  In more recent times, the beach has drawn surfers from across Europe and several surf schools and shops have sprung up within the town offering private or group lessons along with gear for purchase and rental. Bundoran also offers a large outdoor adventure park near the town centre with roller coasters, mini-golf, go-karts and other attractions, which is suitable for those traveling with children and is easily accessible from most accommodations in the area. Using the rides and attractions costs a ticket price, but there is no additional cost of admission.

The coastal walk along the cliff top and seashore of Bundoran’s west end takes you over the River Bradog. At Bay View Avenue enjoy stunning views of the peak across Donegal Bay a favourite haunt for surfers. Continue on into the heart of the West End and you will pass the Boat Quay. This is the location of Bundoran Lifeboat which provides an invaluable rescue service to locals and visitors.

The Great Northern Hotel a five-minute stroll from Bundoran Beach is located on 130 acres of a links golf course. Just moments from the shore, it is perfectly located for those searching for a sea-side escape. This popular hotel is ready to welcome your wedding party, kids or just those who want to relax. They offer a leisure centre where you can enjoy the gym, swimming pool, sauna and children’s playroom. It is also equipped to host business seminars, parties & major concerts.  In the restaurant and bar, you can enjoy dining and socialising along with weekend entertainment from local country music groups including regular appearances by Ocean FM radio presenter & ex Bunratty singer Marion Fitzgerald.

The Great Northern Hotel has 95 comfortable rooms that are fitted with all the necessities to ensure an enjoyable stay. The hotel also has several over-sized rooms to accommodate families & the newly refurbished sea view rooms are particularly impressive. Guests of Great Northern Hotel Bundoran can enjoy a unique dining experience at the cosy bar and relaxed restaurant. Best summer 2017 offers include two nights bed & breakfast with full breakfast for two adults and two children (u-12yrs ) with an evening meal in the "Tir Connaill" restaurant with free Wi-Fi access from 270 euro's. Daniel O Donnell entertains on August 26th and 27th. Find out more about the hotel here 

One of the finest restaurants in Bundoran is "The Peak" at Eden Bay on the West End overlooking the ocean!  They source fresh produce with locally caught fish. Their exceptional service and welcome combined with the views at sunset is magical. For those seeking a traditional Irish bar with a one hundred year old history visit Brennan's Criterion Bar on Main Street Bundoran. Expect the two sisters's to give you a welcome to be remembered!

Robert Walshe is a travel broadcaster with Q Radio in Northern Ireland and Travel Editor for River Media newspaper titles across the island of Ireland. 

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