Things to do
Derrybrien House is the ideal touring base for a number of tourist attractions and is also within easy driving distance of the picturesque villages of Ramelton and Rathmullan.
Only 16 km (10 miles) away is Letterkenny, a busy town with its supermarkets, shops, pubs, night clubs, restaurants and all other facilities.

The area offers a wealth of activities and there is something to suit everybody including: pony trekking, horse riding, fishing, tennis, cycling, or simply strolling along the Rathmullan Beach.

You can reach 5 golf courses (18 holes) within 30 min from our house.
(Letterkenny, Portsalon, Dunfanaghy and 2 x Rosapenna)

See below some interesting trips but these are only suggestions because the area has much more to discover.


Fanad Peninsula

You should visit Fanad Peninsula because of its dramatic coastline and for their magnificent beaches. After 12 miles you will come to Fanad Head with its beautiful lighthouse, erected in 1818 to mark the entrance to Lough Swilly. If the weather is clear, it's an absolutely highlight to make this trip.

Glenveagh National Park

One of the country's largest national parks, Glenveagh covers nearly 16.000 ha with mountains, lakes, glens and woods and plays host to the largest herd of red deer. The Park includes two of Donegal's highest peaks - Slieve Snacht and Mount Errigal. The central features of the park are the visitor centre and a 19th century castle surrounded by the famous Glenveagh gardens.


Ramelton (Rathmelton) is one of Irelands Heritage Towns.
It is a charming little town of the 17th century, situated in the Heart of Donegal at the mouth of the River Lennon where it flows
into Lough Swilly.

More on: www.ramelton.net

Inishowen & Malin Head

Inishowen, the largest of Donegal's Northern peninsulas, is an area full with history, numerous beaches, the steep rock strewn landscape of the Gap of Mamore, the Doagh Visitor Centre and the spectacular cape of Malin Head, Irelands most Northerly point marked by a signal tower which dates from the early 19th century.

Slieve League

At 597m, the Slieve Leagues are the highest cliffs in Europe, dropping straight down to the wild Atlantic waves below. There is a fine walk with magnificent and impressive scenery along the cliffs
- One Man's Pass -

Sightseeing boat trips along the cliffs are available from Teelin.


It is a lovely town with a beautiful sandy beach.
Beside the harbour is the "Flight of the Earls Heritage Centre" where you find out more about the history.

From the end of May until September a car ferry to Buncrana (Inishowen) is crossing the Lough Swilly.

Ballymastocker Bay
Near Portsalon you will come to the beautiful blue flag beach Ballymastocker Bay. A fantastic panoramic route winds between the hilly spin and the rugged coast.
Photos by HHE

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