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Killybegs Hotel: Places to Stay in Donegal

Updated: Aug 31, 2020

Killybegs hotel stays are becoming more and more sought after as visitors to Ireland begin recognising its importance as a heritage spot as well as offering some of the freshest seafood in the land. Being the largest port in the whole of Ireland, Killybegs has a myriad of seafood restaurants and stunning hotels. Staying in a Killybegs hotel provides breathtaking views of the harbour and the historical inlet that has seen everything from the Spanish Armada to Grainne O’Malley in its waters. For those who enjoy history, architecture and archaeological sites, as well as fantastic seafood, Killybegs is a fantastic place to stay and make your base when exploring the county of Donegal.

The Tara Hotel

In a highly sought after location overlooking Killybegs Harbour, the Tara Hotel resides over the views of the Donegal Hills. With 26 bedrooms and five suites, nearly all the rooms have views of the harbour and are decorated with the utmost luxury. Rooms have been decorated with flatscreen televisions, as well as having tea and coffee facilities, a trouser press and a safe as standard in every room.

The Tara Hotel has plenty of facilities with the Station 59 bar serving food and drinks over a sea view. A bar menu is available and a carvery lunch is also available during the week. The incredible Turntable Restaurant is the hotel’s main restaurant offering a beautiful and contemporary twist to Irish delicacies. Passionate about locally sourcing food, the chefs work closely with their local suppliers. An onsite leisure club is also available boasting state of the art equipment to work out with.

The Tara Hotel
The Tara Hotel (Source:

The Ritz

The Ritz has been operated and ran by the Tully family in Killybegs for many years. Located in the heart of Killybegs, the building has interesting historical significance. It operated formerly as the Ritz Cinema and the current owners continue to pay tribute to its previous occupation through its name. Having gone through a full refurbishment in 2001, it offers a high standard of decadence and is suitable for families and couples as well as individuals.

Considered one of the best hotels in Donegal, The Ritz is highly recommended by travel experts and guides like Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Le Routard, and Let’s Go! They have also maintained a 90% plus rating with Hotelworld and Hostelbookers - no mean feat. All rooms are ensuite and come equipped with a television. It has self-catering facilities and a private car park for guest use. Linen and towels are included, and the hotel also provides guest laundry facilities. With free wifi and a complimentary continental breakfast, The Ritz is a great offering for those wanting to indulge in the decadent beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way.

The Ritz Donegal
The Ritz, Donegal (Source:

Bayview Hotel

Located on a cosy corner of Killybegs Harbour, the Bay View Hotel is a beautiful Killybegs hotel option for those wanting to soak up the stunning views of the Wild Atlantic Way coastline. The Bay View Hotel lays claim to the longest-serving accommodation provider in the local area and is steeped in the history of Killybegs.

Through its close proximity to some of the best sights to see in the Killybegs area, The Bay View Hotel is a natural option for those who want to immerse themselves in Donegal culture. The hotel bar is a perfect place to go to unwind and enjoy some of the fine seafood offerings associated with the town of Killybegs.

The Bay View Hotel has rooms that have been decorated to a superior standard with double or twin rooms available. They come complete with stunning views of Killybegs Harbour and are suitable for couples, friends, and individuals. The Bay View Hotel also offers a family room. These equate to a double bed and two single beds, with extra camp beds or cots for other children and infants available - the perfect family hotel.

The Bay View Hotel
The Bay View Hotel (Source:

Seawinds Bed and Breakfast

For those who enjoy something a little less formal but still want a luxurious stay, Seawinds Bed and Breakfast is for you. Overlooking the famous Killybegs Harbour, Seawinds Bed and Breakfast is perfectly located in Ireland’s largest fishing port. As Donegal was voted the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet’ in 2017, using the Seawinds Bed and Breakfast as a base to explore the local area provides you with the comfort and hospitality after a long day adventuring.

Located in the centre of Killybegs town, it has been run by Patricia and Gerry, with the help of their family, for the last 20 years and is in close proximity to all local amenities including restaurants and pubs. With a variety of beds to suit every traveller, they host a variety of different bedrooms from double, triple, and family-sized rooms which are all ensuites. With complimentary continental breakfast provided for self-service, this can be enjoyed with stunning views over the harbour. The breakfast has been locally sourced with homemade scones, fresh fruit, yoghurt, granola and berries, as well as a selection of bread and cereals.

There is also a gorgeous guest living room which has a log stove fireplace to unwind by and ample parking is available.

Seawinds B&B
Seawinds B&B (Source:


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