DescriptionHollie Rose Cottage is located at Aughrim Heights, close to the centre of Ballyliffin village and is within walking distance of Pollan Beach. The fabulous links courses at Ballyliffin Golf Club are a 3 min drive away while one of north Inishowens major attractions, the Doagh Island Famine Village is a 5 min drive westwards. The cottage is bright, modern and fully equipped for a family self catering holiday.
The local beach, known as Pollan Beach, is just a three minute walk down the road. It is a long two mile stretch of sand facing north west onto the Atlantic. Great for a walk, you can take in the beauty of the changing scenery, including the golf course on Doagh Island, the ever present off shore outcrop known as Glashedy Island from which the cottage is named, bringing you to the ruined Carrickabraghy Castle at the northern end of the beach. Explore the rocky cliffs around the castle, and discover the impressive blowhole known as the hissing rock. The best time to see this is at high tide.
Ballyliffin Golf Club
Ballyliffin Golf Course is almost certainly the main attraction, and the reason why the town has seen much growth over recent years. It has one of the finest golf courses in the country, with two links. - The Old Links, and the new Glashedy Links courses. A short seven minute drive from the cottage, will get you to the main clubhouse . Other courses on the Inishowen Peninsula are all within a half hours drive, and include Greencastle, Redcastle, Buncrana, and Culmore in Derry.
The village has four hotels, each with their own bars and restaurants. The golf club has its own bar and restaurant as well. If you are looking for the more traditional type of Irish Pub, then take a 2km drive south to the picturesque village of Clonmany, where you will find seven.
Doagh Island Famine Village
Also on the Isle of Doagh, just a little further on from the golf course, is the Famine Village, - a unique outdoor museum exhibiting displays of structures, models and tableaux depicting Ireland as it was in the 19th century, particularly during the great famine. The centre is well worth a visit, and is especially appealing to children and the young at heart, when it transforms into Santas Lapland in Nov-Dec. - Early booking for this event is essential to avoid disappointment.
Around Ballyliffin and within less than half an hours driving; some other attractions include:
Glennevin Waterfall at Clonmany.
Malin Head, Irelands most northerly point.
Fort Dunree Military Museum with its Naval Guns.
The town of Carndonagh.
The Maritime Museum and Planetarium at Greencastle
The town of Culdaff with the famous McGrory's Pub, Restaurant, Hotel and Mac's Backroom Bar - a venue where you can be assured of good service, nice food, a blazing turf fire, and great craic. A venue for musical talent from all parts of the country and around the world. The Backroom Bar has hosted many top names in music.
Not much further:
The town of Buncrana, which has a ferry link across Lough Swilly to Rathmullan.
The historical and picturesque village of Fahan, with its yacht marina.
The Griannan of Aileach, an ancient stone ring fort at the southern end of Inishowen.
The city of Derry, with its historical walled old town.