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Carey's Viking House Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kincasslagh
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
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71 reviews
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“Simply Delicious”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

We were fortunate enough to avail of a deal for the Viking in the middle of July with friends. This is a small hotel/guest house with it's own bar & restaurant. Hospitality was great, rooms were comfortable & the bar had a great atmosphere. Cannot speak highly enough of the staff & owner of the hotel. It was a busy weekend & all the staff were very busy but they always had time for the guests. We seldom eat in restaurants as we prefer the informality of bar food. The food was great and the value was excellent. Music in the bar on Saturday night was entertaining, a couple of local, (if you call Letterkenny local) enjoyed what they were doing & you could not help enjoying the craic, so much so that even yours truly took to the mic on the night. Overall, 10/10 for this establishment. Good staff, good food, great location, great atmosphere whilst we were there. Highly recommended.
The only negative being: it's a long drive from Dublin but it was worth the journey. We hope to avail of this hotel again in the future.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

My partner and I stayed for 3 nights at end of July, Ist class hotel with a lovely owner, staff, food and views - we did have great weather enabling us to enjoy the beautiful surroundings . Would advise anyone looking for a short break - this is the place to come .

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

My sister and I stayed at Carey's Viking House for 2 nights B&B and afternoon tea. We both found the hotel and service really good. The bar staff, Siobhan and Scottish lady (didn't catch her name) very friendly and chatty, we felt right at home. Danielle, on our arrival, welcomed us with ease and warmth. The view from side of hotel is breathtaking, and we had a swim at Cruit bridge, which you can see from the hotel, wonderful. We'll definitely be back and will continue to recommend to our friends. Thanks to proprietor Pauline.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Four of us stopped by for a lunch during a weekend in beautiful Donegal. in fairness it was a match day and pub was very busy, but the service was very, very bad. waitresses not communicating with each other. food was nice (although the steaks were overcooked) and reasonabely priced. we waited a long while for mains to arrive, a bit excessive i felt, but as this was not enough then the waitresses seemed to forget that we had 2 apple tarts ordered. when i finally reminded them about this it took an incredible amount of time to arrive. after we finished mains we were the only table in a restaurant and only the pub was busy. still, we have seen waitresses walking around, chatting and they did not seem to be under pressure. i usually have a lot of patience but couldnt stand waiting and when i approached one of the waitresses and told her that we cant wait any longer and i want to get a bill, turned out the desserts were ready in the kitchen and before i sat down they were on our table. i asked for a biollo which arrived after a little while and i took out my credit card. then i was told: oh, i'm sorry. the credit card machine is down all day today, it cash only. that was too much for one visit. why we couldnt have been told before? what if i didnt have cash on me? we left very, very annoyed. it's a pity as food was actually ok and location amazing

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Very friendly proprietor and staff. Hotel is clean and has great atmosphere. Views over bay and cruit island are fantastic so worth asking for a room with front facing view. Cruit Island bridge is nice place to swim (and have beach bbq if weather permits) and the beach at the golf course is idyllic. We stayed 2 days and loved it.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Excellent Hotel, wonderful staff great food beautiful beaches ex. entertainment great links golf course on Cruit Island . I would highly recommend this hotel for young and old great views mt Errigal and the blue stacks plenty of lakes for fishing

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

Friendly welcome which pervaded throughout our stay. Afternoon tea for two in our deal while seated at a picnic table outside, as the small bar was full of people so nowhere to sit in the bar. Choice of fillings for the 2 rounds of sandwiches, including chicken, beef, egg, salad, two small slices of chocolate cake and two very small homemade scones served with butter/jam/marmalade on the side, the butter in foil and the jams in single portion plastic pots with a generous pot of tea; coffee is offered but, sadly, only powdered coffee at this establishment. Our first floor wooden floored bedroom is cosy, with tea/coffee making stuff, a double and single bed and one small backless stool. An open wardrobe and a 20 inch flat screen tv. Huge persil white crisp towels, plentiful and a real treat. The decent sized shower flowed adequately, but nowhere within to put soap/shampoo. The hotel has wifi but having it work depends where you are, the bar and front reception are fine, but not the main dining room, the wifi only worked sporadically in the bathroom in our room, nowhere else. We are in a room at the front of the hotel overlooking the headland and the sea, really beautiful, oh and a graveyard in the distance so you can 'consider thy latter end' as it says in the King James Version of the bible. Sunday night here is steak special night (Friday night its a fish & chips special): back to the steaks, 30 euro for a main of two eight ounce steaks and two desserts. the steaks came with some fried onions & mushrooms, with a small salad also on the plate. Sides included perfectly cooked boiled potatoes, carrots and turnip also chips, surprisingly and disappointingly these were not home - made, and an alright and generous portion of pepper sauce. I asked for mustard and I got Colman's, the best. The place was extremely busy, and the staff were run off their feet for hours and remained cheerful and happy to please, I guess they'll have no problem going to sleep at the end of the night. The big portioned desserts were warm apple pie or apple crumble with either custard, cream or ice cream. Real big pieces of fresh apple too. My crumble was doughy in parts; hadn't the heart to complain and its a basic baking error easily overcome, the crumble should be forked around during cooking, or cooked for a bit longer, or at a higher temperature. We also had a bottle of juicy merlot to go with the steak, soft plummy and a snip at 16 euro. There is a 3 course 30 euro a head menu too with salmon, steak etc, had we taken it we'd have had a free bottle of wine. There's also a bar food menu with mains around 12 to 14 euro. The breakfast is excellent with cereals or porridge, apple or grapefruit or orange juice, tea/coffee, white toast and wheaten bread with the usual butter/jams and a full fry up: properly cooked thick tasty bacon rashers, a pork sausage, a fried egg, a black and a white pudding, a quarter of tomato and a big pot of tea as I can't abide powdered coffee. All in all this is an enjoyable place, but seats in the small bar can be hard to find when it's busy. The residents lounge too was also full of diners when we tried it so off to our room. If you want to completely relax, I mean completely chill out then this hotel and this part of Donegal will do this for you in spades - it is sooo quiet great land and seascapes and it has many beautiful sandy beaches. All the locals are very friendly and welcoming. We toured about to a desolate Burtonport, an almost busy Dungloe, a quiet Bunbeg (with a great quality sit - in Chinese called 'Golden Dragon'). One noticeable thing; very hard to get really good coffee anywhere about, and I mean anywhere about, and we tried 7 places, even the cafes that sold it gave very poor quality almost rubbish coffee, yet all charged unjustified and eye wateringly high prices.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: Carey's Viking House Hotel
Address: Kincasslagh, Ireland
Location: Ireland > County Donegal > Kincasslagh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kincasslagh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Carey's Viking House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A warm welcome awaits you at our 12 bedroom family run hotel situated near the scenic village of Kincasslagh. Formerly owned by International singing sensation Daniel O'Donnell who is native to the area, the hotel boasts stunning panoramic coastal views, overlooking Keadue Strand and the beautiful Cruit Island.With a public bar, excellent restaurant and live entertainment all year round, Carey's is the ideal location for a luxurious break in the gaeltacht area of Donegal. Located by the sea, in one of the most beautiful and scenic regions of Ireland, the Rosses in North West Donegal, Kincasslagh has wonderful beaches, including the blue flag beach at Carrickfinn, sea views, mountain walks, and plays host to the highly successful 'Donegal Shore Festival' and other local festivals like 'Burtonport ' and the 'Mary From Dungloe festival'. If are visiting Donegal in July of this year do not miss the fantastic events as part of the Errigal Arts festivalFor the golfers among you, the hotel is adjacent to Cruit island Golf Club, a stunning and challenging links course. There are also several other golf courses nearby including Gweedore, Cloughaneely, Falcarragh, Dunfanaghy and Narin & Portnoo.Donegal International airport is only a five minute drive from the Viking house ... more   less 
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