If you're planning a seaside escape with family or friends this summer, then Rathmullan in Donegal is a very smart choice. With stunning scenery, a warm welcome and unbeatable value for money, you'll be glad you made the trip. Here's our guide to spending 48 hours on our Donegal shore...
Rathmullan A Walking Tour
Explore Rathmullan's history on foot; start at the pier, walk along the front street to the top of the town where a short diversion up the brae takes you to St. Columb's Church. You can complete the small loop and get a glimpse of Portnamurry before retracing your steps as you return, enjoying views of the town with its hills and hollows strung out along Lough Swilly’s shore, looking across to Inch island and Fahan. This handy little map lists some of the key landmarks to look out for...
Guided Heritage walking tours of Rathmullan include tours of The Abbey and The Flight of The Earls. Tours can be arranged through Donegal Walking Trails
and are a great way to immerse yourself in the local folklore and history.
The Abbey is a Carmelite Priory founded in 1516 by Rory MacSweeney, Lord of Fanad. In the early 17th century the Abbey became a barracks and from 1617 was the residence of Andrew Knox, Bishop of Raphoe. He turned it into a fortified house in the Scottish style, reflecting the troubled atmosphere following the Plantations. The house has been derelict since the Knox Family left Rathmullan in the 1770s.
The Flight of the Earls
One of the most significant events on the history of Ireland happened in Rathmullan. In 1607 the last of the great Irish chieftains, O’Neill, O’Donnell and Maguire left Ireland for ever. The subsequent plantation of Ulster completed the extinction of the ancient Gaelic order and brought Ireland into a new phase of its history. An exhibition describing the event can be seen in An Bonnán Buí bistro on the Pier Road.
Rathmullan pier provides access to Lough Swilly's exceptionally deep channel where part of the North Atlantic Fleet sheltered during the Great War. The Sea Angling Club's charter boats and Rathmullan Sailing and Water Sports School are based here. The conditions on Lough Swilly are ideal for sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, powerboating, sea angling and diving and the Rathmullan Sailing and Water Sports School provides people with a fun, safe, and exciting environment for participating all types of water sports. Adventure One is also a great option for anyone looking to surf Donegal's Wild Atlantic Way.
Make a trip to Rathmullan and enjoy breath-taking scenery, while experiencing the friendliness and enduring welcome and hospitality of the warm-hearted people of this beautiful corner of Ireland. Plan your seaside escape at rathmullan.ie