Welcome to Greencastle, in north east Inishowen. The area can boost many fine tourist attractions including scenic locations beaches, castle and church ruins, a Maritime Museum, a car ferry, a busy fishing port, fresh fish and seafood served in our Kealey’s Restaurant, coastal walks and much more.
An Shorlan is within 10 minutes walking distance to BIM Training College and Greencastle Fishing Village where there is an award winning Kealey's Seafood Restaurant, Cairn Visitor Centre as well as several local pubs with live music all within walking distance of An Shorlán.
Local Festivals e.g. Vintage Car Rally, Dylan Fest, The Greencastle Regatta with open-air concerts and the Clonmany Family Festival one of the oldest and most popular open-air festivals with 11 of Ireland’s top bands.
There are signposted shore path walks from Moville to Greencastle.
Martello Tower and Fort:
In 1801 the Martello Tower was built in Greencastle overlooking the Foyle on the threat of an invasion to Ireland by Napoleon. The Tower was extended to a Fort in 1812. The Donegal Militia was the last military force to be stationed there.
Richard de Burgh, Red Earl of Ulster constructed the Northburgh Castle in 1305. Edward took the Bruce this castle in 1316 following an invasion from Scotland. He was then crowned King of Ireland. Edward subsequently lost his power in the same year and the castle was restored to De Burgo’s who remained in control until 1333.De Burgo’s grandson ws killed that same year bringing the Norman influence to an end in this part of the Country.
The shore walk at Greencastle takes you past the Martello Tower and the Northburgh Castle.
Greencastle Golf Links:
The Golf links at Greencastle runs along the shore road very close to the edge of the Foyle. The 18-hole links has well matured fairways, greens, Clubhouse, bar and catering facilities. Visiting groups and societies welcome.
The scenery as you approach this beautiful cove is quite breathtaking as you descend to the exquisite sandy beaches of Kinnagoe Bay where in 1970/71 divers found the Spanish Armada Transporter, La Trinidad Valencera. The 1,100-ton wooden ship was badly damaged in a storm and sank 2 days later on 16th September 1588. Many artefacts from the ship can be seen in the Tower Museum in Derry.
“The Big White Bay":
Located close to Inishowen Head this lovely cove “The Big White Bay" overlooked by Shroove Lighthouse is 10 mins drive away. Its main attraction has to be the fact that it is a European Blue Flag Beach. There is also a picnic site and cliff walks with the holy well at “Port-a-doris” nearby.
Inishowen Maritime Museum & Planetarium:
Greencastle is an important fishing port so it is only fitting that this heritage and culture is displayed at the Maritime Museum and Planetarium located at the Old Coastguard Station overlooking the harbour. Gift Shop, Tackle and Tea Room also available. In front of the Museum is the striking Monument of Remembrance erected to the memory of all those who were lost at sea in the Inishowen Peninsula.
Kealey’s Seafood Bar & Restaurant:
Situated on the harbour in Greencastle. Locally caught seafood and the famous Greencastle Chowder - some of the best in Ireland.
Fresh Seafood and fish can be purchased daily at Greencastle Seafoods.
- Lough Foyle Ferry Company LTD:
Offers a 15 min shuttle service from Greencastle to Magilligan Point that gives the opportunity to travel to Coleraine, Visit Waterworld and Barry’s Amusements at Portrush, Limavady, the world famous Giants Causeway, Rope Bridge, Bushmills Distillery or visit Northern Ireland's largest indoor attraction the recently opened Titanic Museum in Belfast. Travelling on the Ferry saves 49 miles driving.
The lively town of Moville located along the banks of the Foyle is 2 miles drive away where there is one of Donegal’s first signposted Slí Na Sláinte or walk for health that takes you along the riverside towards Greeencastle and back again. There is a children’s play park right on the shorefront as well as picnic benches.
Sailing and Sea Angling:
Is available locally at the Piers in Greencastle and Moville.
Cooley 18 hole Pitch and Putt Golf:
Overlooks the Foyle at Moville and is a great attraction for all the family.
Kayaking, archery, canoeing, orienteering, pier jumping are some of the activities available at Just Kayak on the shorefront in Moville.
Located on the outskirts of Moville visitors can watch the Potter Lowry Wasson “throwing” the clay or visit the Gift Store and Coffee Shop.
Redcastle Golf Hotel and Leisureland:
Visit the Redcastle Hotel nestled along the banks of the Lough Foyle and experience the heated salt water Thalassotherapy pool and fully equipped Gym. The hotel has a golf Course and kiddie’s paradise the indoor Fun Park, Leisureland.
Doagh Famine Village Visitor Centre:
Located on the Isle of Doagh on the route to Ballyliffin this is one of Inishowen’s top visitor attractions, which traces the changing times of Irelands during Famine to the present time. Exhibits include, Orange Hall, Mass Rock, An Irish Wake etc.
Ballyliffin Golf Club:
Is now regarded as one of the finest golf complexes in the world having two of the finest championship links. Nick Faldo is a regular visitor to the club. A golfers’ paradise.
This stunning 30 feet Pól an Cás waterfall is located at Glenlevin on the outskirts of Clonmany village and is well signposted.
Mamore Gap is located 5 miles north of Buncrana towards Urris. The “Gap” is 800ft above sea level and offers spectacular views of Leenan, Urris, Dunaff Head and the Atlantic and the Inishowen peninsula. It is well worth your while to stop and take in the magnificent vista below you. At the base of the mountain lie 5 traditional thatched cottages.
“Visit Banba’s Crown” at Malin Head Ireland’s most Northerly point. View an area of great scenic and historical importance. From here you can see Tory Island, Horn Heed, Bloody Foreland and Dunaff Head away to the west. From here you can visit, just 2 miles away, Portmore Pier where you can purchase wild Atlantic salmon, live lobster, crab, oysters and mussels (when in season).
” The City of Culture" is a 30-minute drive away. Take a stroll on the pedestrian “Peace Bridge” opened in 2011 that links the East and West banks of Derry/Londonderry.
Take in a West End Show at the Millennium Forum, the North West’s largest theatre.