Donegal has it all at The Abbey Hotel in the heart of town

With the summer holidays well and truly over and autumn drawing in, now is the perfect time to slip away for that relaxing hotel break you have been promising yourself.

The award-winning three-star Abbey Hotel on Main Street, Donegal, is just the place to escape to and with everything from cosy accommodation, great food, live music every weekend, activity package deals, town centre location, special value offers and access to all that scenic County Donegal has to offer right on your doorstep, there really is no better place to get away from it all.

Conveniently located bang in the centre of Donegal town, across from the ‘Diamond’ public mall area and right next door to Donegal Castle, The Abbey Hotel with its impressive brickwork façade over four floors is central to everything and within walking distance of all this delightful northern town has to offer.

Even at this time of year with the tourist high season over and Winter approaching, you can still enjoy the real Donegal when you stop off for an overnight at The Abbey Hotel, with live music from the top names drawing crowds every weekend while throughout the week, traditional music every night enjoys a solid following.

With all facilities remaining fully operational right throughout the year, this family-friendly hotel, alongside its sister hotel – The Central Hotel right next door - can accommodate every combination of grouping large and small, making it popular with both young and old, family units, loved-up couples and team and club travel groups.

Active retirement groups are particularly taken with The Abbey Hotel, and right now in Donegal, a week-long ballroom dancing course is keeping one particular gathering very happy – as they perfect their steps by night while exploring all that County Donegal has to offer by day.

Guests who prefer the indoors at The Abbey Hotel can also fill their day-time schedule with a trip to the pool or gym - available complimentary next door in the Central Hotel, which includes a spa bath and steam room. Moderately sized with natural light garden-facing windows, the gym is equipped with a good selection of treadmills, rowing and cardio exercise machines as well as an extensive weights and mat stretch area – sure to help you work up an appetite.

Follow your workout with an early evening drink in the aforementioned Abbey Bar – and don’t forget to make your advance booking for a high cuisine evening meal served up in the gorgeous Market House Restaurant – now a destination restaurant in Donegal town.

Accommodation choices at The Abbey Hotel include everything from single, couple and family occupancy to executive suite options. Room configurations can be arranged to suit all sorts of groupings, extending to include even five bed options.

Following a recent complete refurbishment throughout the hotel, expect to enjoy plush carpets, luxury divan beds, spacious ensuite with bath and shower, as well as all the usual amenities of TV, tea/coffee all enticingly arranged to make you want to spend as much time in your room as possible.

Fine dining at the Market House Restaurant

Lovers of good food who might like to enjoy some very fine cuisine as part of their stay are in for a real treat when they visit The Market House Restaurant - just off the main foyer in The Abbey Hotel and with separate on-street access. Overseen by restaurant manager Ann, who together with her able team has worked hard to create a selection of wonderful menus offering choice food and high cuisine options – even the most sophisticated palate is sure to find satisfaction in this atmospheric, attractive and subtly lit restaurant.

Serving up the freshest of just-caught seafood from nearby Killybegs with vegetables and natural produce sourced locally, look forward to enjoying some splendid ingredient combinations and dishes put together by chefs Pietr, Pablo and team, with an A la Carte menu and separate Wild Atlantic Seafood Specials menu currently enticing guests to sample some seriously good catches of the day.

Donegal attractions

As a vast coastal county bordered all along the Wild Atlantic Way right up to its most northerly tip at Malin Head, Donegal county has so much to offer the many visitors who love this beautiful coastal part of Ireland. From the breath-taking 600m high Slieve League sea cliffs and beaches to the historical and heritage-rich 15th century castles and site remnants from the O’Donnell Chieftains reign, you can take it all in through a selection of hiking, biking, walking, bus or sea tours – all with guided options that can run from 30 minutes to five hours long – the choice is yours.

Sales and Marketing Manager at The Abbey and Central Hotels, Elaine McInaw, puts this offering down to the efforts of locals who have put so much energy into developing a comprehensive tourism package.

“What people probably don’t realise is just how big and vast County Donegal is with so much to offer. Donegal town itself has just been awarded the Foodie Destination of the Year – a competition run by the Restaurants Association of Ireland and held in tandem with the Chambers of Commerce – which just goes to show that all the hard work put in by the businesses and local people in the town to grow our reputation as a tourist destination is really paying off.”

Elaine and all the team at The Abbey Hotel are also celebrating their own well-earned award having recently been crowned with a Customer Service Excellence Award from Failte Ireland.

“All in all this is very much a community hotel where there is always something happening and people coming and going all the time. Now with our new refurbishment and the Market House established as a destination restaurant, why not come to The Abbey Hotel, enjoy all that Donegal has to offer, try out our wonderful food and enjoy a leisure break, whether as a young couple, a family gathering or active retirement group. We look forward to looking after you.”


The Abbey Hotel offers free wifi throughout and concessionary parking at a location nearby.


Extras to suit you and your family can be arranged, including babysitting/child minding services, children's meals, special diet menus, breakfast in bed, car hire, beach activities including windsurfing and canoeing, cycling, horseriding and walking tours.


Bookings at The Abbey Hotel are generally in high demand - advance booking is advised.


The reviews say it all – and The Abbey Hotel enjoys regular glowing reviews, with guests noting its ‘perfect location’, ‘amazing food’, ‘top class Guinness’, ‘5-star staff’, ‘music every night’, ‘central to everything’ and most telling review of all - ‘would certainly recommend’.


November Country Weekend runs at The Abbey Hotel from Friday November 15 – Sunday November 17, 2019. A star-studded line-up includes Robert Mizzell, Michel English, Declan Nerney, Patrick Feeney and Mike Denver. A special offer of 2 nights B&B with dinner on Saturday night and admission to all dances at €209pps is now open. Book your place now by calling (01 ) 74 97 21014, email [email protected] or see



Guests are spoilt for choice between the busy Abbey Bar where good food and drink is served up day and night and the haute cuisine Market House Restaurant offering sumptuous steaks and seafood specialities – did we mention the gargantuan buffet breakfast?


Friendly and fabulous staff who will go out of their way to ensure you have all you need for an enjoyable stay are at your beck and call right throughout The Abbey Hotel.


Gorgeous rooms, multiple bed configurations, hot power showers, free wifi and amenities all combine to make your stay here one to remember.


Near to local attractions such as Donegal Castle and Donegal Bay, The Abbey Hotel is also right on the doorstep to some of the most scenic tours available in Ireland. Catch your bus, boat or walking tour guide just a few meters away from the hotel entrance.

Joan Geraghty was a guest of The Abbey Hotel.


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