Known as ‘Cathedral Town’, Letterkenny in County Donegal got its name from the Irish Gaelic ‘Lietir Ceannain’ meaning ‘Hillside of the O’Cannons’, who were the last chieftains of Tir Conaill. Originally a tiny fishing village on the banks of Lough Swilly, Letterkenny had grown into a prosperous market town by the 17th century.
Today, Letterkenny is a vibrant and buzzing town, with many interesting monuments and buildings both old and new, art galleries and museums, bars and restaurants and excellent shops.
There are several award-winning beaches in Donegal, namely Portsalon and Portnoo which are both easily reached from Letterkenny. Marble Hill beach is also worth a visit; in a rural setting the dunes are a haven for flora and wildlife and it is one of the last places in Ireland where the corncrake may be heard.
We stay at the Clanree Hotel, situated just outside Letterkenny town in County Donegal.