About Killybegs

The charming working town of Killybegs, in Donegal, has a long tradition of fishing and is Ireland's largest fishing port. You'll get a good overview of the town's history at the Killybegs International Carpet Making & Fishing Centre. Set in the factory of Donegal Carpets, whose rugs adorn the White House and Buckingham Palace, you can sometimes see its hand-knotting loom (the world's longest of its kind) at work.

Wander along Shore Road and try to spot resident seals in the harbour. Or take a stroll on the secluded Fintragh Beach, where you can see the lighthouse at St John's Point. Don't miss the spectacular cliffs of Slieve League! They are some of the highest in Europe and plunge over 600m to the sea (although they're not vertical).

If you are looking for some excellent tweed items, don't miss Studio Donegal - there's been a hand-weaving tweed mill there for more than a century.


Shore excursions in Killybegs

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Donegal Town On Your Own

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 4 hours

An ideal option for those who want to explore Donegal Town at their own leisure.

The historical and charming town of Donegal is located at the mouth of Donegal Bay and is surrounded by the vista of the Blue Stack Mountains. It’s an ideal place to while away a few hours independently.

A local guide will accompany you on the drive to the town and offer information on things to do and see. Perhaps head along to Magee of Donegal to buy some famous Donegal tweed. Founded in Donegal Town in 1866, the original Magee store has developed from a small draper’s into an historical attraction. You may choose to relax in a local café and admire the surroundings or if time permits, visit Donegal Castle that dates back to the 15th century.

At the designated meeting time and place, you’ll rejoin your coach and guide for the return journey to Killybegs.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. The drive time to Donegal town is around 45 minutes and the free time is around 2½ hours. The level of walking is at passengers’ discretion. Local currency is accepted for purchases. Donegal Castle requires at least 1 hour to visit and may be subject to close without notice. Please ensure you take note of the pick-up time and place, as coaches cannot be held for latecomers.

Landscape Drive, Irish Coffee and Music

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Capture the beauty of the Donegal landscape and enjoy an Irish coffee and traditional Irish music!

Donegal offers a unique picturesque landscape of mountainous beauty, long valleys, rugged and rocky headlands and sweeping sandy beaches.

Travelling north from Killybegs, your drive will take you through an area known as ‘The Rosses’ or ‘Na Rosa’ in Gaelic, meaning ‘the headlands’. Admire the rocky and baron coastline, where a scattering of villages sit and where aspects of traditional Irish life have remained. Continue through the spectacular surrounding scenery, before reaching the small village of Crolly. The village is perhaps best known for being the birthplace of internationally acclaimed singer Enya and her siblings who formed the traditional Irish group Clannad.

Here you’ll visit Leo’s Tavern, which was owned by Enya’s late father Leo and is run by his youngest son. Relax and enjoy an Irish Coffee and soak up the local atmosphere, whilst listening to the sounds of live traditional Irish music.

Afterwards, you’ll rejoin your coach for a leisurely drive back to Killybegs to admire more of the wonderful scenery. Enjoy some photo opportunities along the way, before arriving back into Killybegs.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach.This tour is predominantly by coach and the drive is around 1½ - 2 hours each way.

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