Portnoo is a town that is twinned with Narin, which is its near neighbour. The village is well known for having a fine golf course and there are high-quality beaches in the area, but there is so much more to the town. It looks out into the scenic Gweebarra Bay filled by the mass of the Atlantic Ocean. Nearby, Dawros Head provides some spectacular places to visit and views to see. 2017 is a good time to visit Portnoo, so here are some reasons to visit this year.
The Narin beach is only 2km from Portnoo, and a must-see while visiting the town. The sheltered cove beach itself spans 2km across the Atlantic coast of Ireland. The beach is also backed up by an amazing sand dune system with a well-defined primary dune ridge .Local shops, bars and restaurants are present and are all within walking distance. With toilets and parking available the Nairn beach should be a priority when visiting Portnoo. Our caravan site is right on the beach between the golf course and the beach.
Golf in Portnoo
Whether you are a sports fan or simply looking for activities the Portnoo golf club is widely considered to be one of the finest natural links golf courses in Ireland. It is certainly one of the most scenic, as is set right on the seafront with some serious sand dunes and a breath-taking view of the sea. The gold course itself has 18 holes, a length of 5355m and a par of 69. It is a link course which was architected by Philip Carr, and visitors have gone to say that “It is actually the most beautiful links course I have ever played, the scenery is absolutely out of this world”.
Hungry? No worries! In Portnoo there are a few places to grab a bite to eat. Visit our seaside cafe for some tasty food or dine in one of the many restaurants and take-aways in the town.
Events are frequent around the area of Portnoo. All throughout the summer, autumn and winter there are music, exhibitions and food festivals that occur around the town of Portnoo. MacGill Summer School & Arts Week (the celebration of the the memory of local writer, Patrick MacGill, whose books became bestsellers in Britain in the first decades of the 20th century) occurs between the 19th of July to the 24th of July, and the Johnny Doherty Festival (an irish Traditional Music & Dance festival which brings people from all over the world to the scenic town of Ardara) occurs between the 25th of September and the 27th of September.
Other than the beach as mentioned before, there is plenty to see around Portnoo. Places like the Glenveagh National Park, the Assaranca Waterfall or the famous Slieve League Cliffs are beautiful sites to behold and are a must see when exploring the areas around Portnoo. Portnoo offers easy access to the Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal and offers stunning scenery along Donegal’s west coast.
For those who are more interested in the historical sites, the places around Portnoo are just what the doctor ordered! Whether it’s during the post-war era or back in the Stone Age there is a variety of historical sites that would bring a different aspect into your visit around Portnoo. Places such as Kilclooney Dolmen (a megalithic burial chamber), Doon Fort, the Glencolumbkille Folk Village Museum and Donegal Castle are all easily accessible from our caravan park.
Access to Inishkeel Island
Do you want to visit Inishkeel island when in Portnoo? With its stunning unspoiled beauty, Inishkeel island is a true delight to behold. But be warned, access to the island depends on the tides!
Each year visitors are disappointed to learn they can not access the island as the tide did not permit. If you would like to visit Inishkeel island while visiting Portnoo then please be sure to check the tide tables.