Buncrana sits along the shores of Lough Swilly in the Inishowen Peninsula. It is one of the larger towns in Donegal and the largest town in Inishowen. In Irish ‘Bun Crannacha’ means ‘foot of the Crana (river)’. Interestingly Buncrana was the first town in Donegal to have electricity, generated by its own Swan Mill from October 1905 until September 1954.
This town boasts a splendid range of rich culture and history. You are able to experience historic sites, and experience its living history right through to current day cultural & historical festivals and events. The following are a few examples of the cultural & historical interests in and around Buncrana - O’Doherty Castle, Buncrana Castle, The Castle Bridge, Fr. Hegarty’s Rock, St. Marys’s Church Cockhill, Ned’s Point Fort, Buncrana Market Square, Tullyarvin Mill, Swan’s Mill, Swan Park, S.S. Laurentic, Clan O’Dochertaigh, Amazing Grace, The Wolfe Tone Connection, Bishop Edward Maginn & The Famine Pot, St. Mura’s Cross Fahan, Inch Castle, Burt Castle, Grianán Aileach and Fort Dunree.
Buncrana town has loads to see and do, whatever your capability and speed, there are numerous things for young and old to see and do. Facilities, amenities and an abundance of activities are widely available. Throughout the year, festivals and events occur catering for all ages and tastes. The entertainment scene is very lively with a varied selection of venues to visit. Music from traditional to modern is available and there is a great mix of eateries, you can have your pick!
The area boasts sandy Beaches, serene Hills, Golf courses (Northwest Golf Club at Lisfannon & Buncrana Golf Club), Cycling- from a relaxed spin to pushing your limits, walking and climbing – scenic routes, coastal walks, challenging hikes, hill walks, looped walks, equestrian, Water Activities – beaches, rivers, lakes, sailing, deep sea diving, kayaking, open sea and white-knuckle surf, Angling – Fullerton reservoir & Crana River (controlled by Buncrana Angling Association), Wildlife & Birdlife and Arts and Crafts.
Buncrana is a very attractive place to live and a very popular holiday destination with a rich culture and history.