When most people hear the name 'Ballyliffin' their thoughts immediately turn to golf, and with very good reason. The town is a mecca for golf enthusiasts the world over, with two World Championship class golf courses, and a favourite haunt of professionals. One of Nick Faldo's favourite courses, he helped in the upgrade of the old links course in 2006.
The club is going from strength to strength, and it has recently been announced that the club will host the Irish Open in July 2018, bringing Ballyliffin and the golf course to international attention. Previously the course was host to the Irish Seniors Open in 2008.
There's much more to see and do though, while you're off the greens, and the golden sands of the Pollan Beach which stretches for over two miles, and runs partly along the golf course looking over Trawbrega Bay, is also as popular now for surfing as it is for it's stunning natural beauty.
From here you can see Glashedy Rock, which over the centuries has claimed many vessels at sea, as well as the isle of Doagh, which is no longer separated from the mainland, and home to the Isle of Doagh visitors centre, one of Inishowen's most popular attractions.
Close by is the village of Clonmany, which is steeped in ancient history and it's location of many local beauty spots. With views of the Wild Atlantic which will take your breath away, it is only a short distance to the village of Ballyliffin and it's world class golf course and surfing. But there's plenty of activities to keep you busy from pony-trekking to hill walking, or the Clonmany Show & Festival, which draws crowds from all corners of the country to explore the local heritage, and of course, singing, dancing and lots of craic in the local village pubs.
The home of one of Ireland's longest-running summer festivals, Clonmany comes alive in July for this year's 50th Annual Clonmany Festival. The stars of Irish country music descend on the village for a full week of outdoor concerts with all the singing and dancing to keep you entertained on your break, and don't miss the Clonmany Agricultural Show on the first Tuesday of the festival!
There are lots of sights to take in, from the beautiful Glenevin Waterfall, the natural blowhole at Castles next to the Isle of Doagh, to the stunning views over the Atlantic coastline. Due to it's location, it's also an excellent location from which to view the Northern Lights, and there are lots of hiking routes mapped out to allow you to take it all in.
If you enjoy hiking, there are a number of walking trails of varying degrees of difficulty, allowing you to soak up the sea air blowing in from the wild Atlantic.
PLACES TO STAY NEAR BALLYLIFFIN & CLONMANY
THINGS TO DO IN BALLYLIFFIN
PLACES TO EAT IN BALLYLIFFIN
NIGHTLIFE IN BALLYLIFFIN
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