If you are thinking about staying here, DO IT! Lovely hotel, great setting, superb staff and fantastic food and drink.
The breakfast is fresh and there are quite a few options. I enjoyed the scrambled eggs with fresh baked brown bread and smoked salmon both mornings, while my boyfriend had the full Irish. The food served at the hotel is plentiful and well made. We also had the fish and chips from the bar and couldn't say enough about the quality. We spent both Friday and Saturday night in the bar and enjoyed the traditional music and talking with the barmen, owners and other patrons.
As for the area, although the weather was not super cooperative we headed out to Cruit Island on our first night at the hotel. Jason, the owner, went out of his way to provide us with detailed directions and we arrived just in time to watch and photograph the beautiful sunset. The beaches at Cruit are accessed by a winding road and a small trail so be prepared to hike in and out. The second day we headed out to Blue Flag beach with directions from the barman. The beach is lovely, easily accessible and very scenic. That night we headed back to Cruit Island to watch the tide come in and photograph the abandoned boats that rest there. The combination of the stormy weather and incoming tide made for some breathtaking waves. Couldn't get any photos due to the rain but would go again and hope for a storm just to be able to watch the show.
In summary, I can't say enough about the owner and staff at this hotel. It might not be the fanciest on earth but it may be the friendliest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family Owned & Operated Hotel in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht Region. Caisleain Oir Hotel Overlooks Annagry Bay. we are only one mile from Donegal Airport and Open all year round Caisleain Oir Hotel has a warm welcoming atmosphere, well apointed rooms with bay views. Free WiFi and Parking ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Caisleain Oir Hotel Annagry, County Donegal