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Local Attractions & Things to Do

Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland's first long distance driving route – it covers a distance of 2,500km. The route is marked with new road signage to help you find your way along the breathtaking coastal landscape. There are 159 "Discovery Points" along the route, 35 of which are in Donegal. There is also a special mention given to 15 Signature Discovery Points – The 15 Wonders of the Wild Atlantic Way, three of which we are thrilled to say are located here in Donegal - Malin Head, Fanad Head and Sliabh Liag. Sonas B & B is the perfect base for exploring the wild and rugged Donegal landscape that makes up part of the Wild Atlantic Way route... So book your stay with us now and be amazed at what the North West of Ireland has to offer in spectacular scenery, historical sites as well as lively entertainment for all ages!

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Atlantic Drive

Distance from Sonas – 5km

The Atlantic Drive is a very spectacular road around the Rosguill Peninsula, which encapsulates the dramatic marriage of two natural elements – the ageless land of Donegal and the timeless courtship of the Atlantic, which has forged a glorious alliance of great beauty.

As it is only about 12km long, you will best appreciate it if you walk or cycle. The walk can be comfortably accomplished in half a day. The views are spectacular, first across Sheephaven Bay to Horn Head, then into Trá na Rossan Bay, with its beautiful beach forming a golden link between two headlands.

Doe Castle

Distance from Sonas – 12km

Doe Castle was historically a stronghold of the MacSweeney clan Suibhne. Built in the 16th century, it is one of the better preserved fortalices in the north–west of Ireland. It was here that Owen Roe O'Neill returned in 1642 to lead the Irish Confederate Army during the Wars of the three kingdoms.

Ards Forest Park

Distance from Sonas – 20km

At Ards Forest Park you can enjoy many forest walks, a car park and a children's play area. It also has many features of historical and archaeological interest. The remains of four ringforts are to be seen in the park as well as a number of megalithic tombs.

Fanad Lighthouse

Distance from Sonas – 18km

Enjoy the scenic trip across the Harry Blaney Bridge to the much photographed lighthouse on the rocky tip of Fanad Head.

Glenveagh National Park

Distance from Sonas – 20km

Glenveagh National Park is one of six national parks in Ireland. Alternating between great knuckles of rock, green–gold swathes of bog and scatterings of oak and birch forest, the 16,500 sq km protected area makes wonderful walking country. It is also home to a variety of wildlife, including the golden eagle, which was hunted to extinction here in the 19th century but was reintroduced in 2000.

Tropical World, Letterkenny

Distance from Sonas – 30km

Tropical World is a Tropical Butterfly House and Mini Zoo in the heart of Donegal. Attractions include lemurs, grey owls, Sulcata Tortoises and Cotton Top Tamarins.

Arena 7, Letterkenny

Distance from Sonas – 30km

Arena 7 is Letterkenny's top Entertainment Complex where the whole family can enjoy a day out. Facilities include ten–pin bowling, Laser World, Wayne's World, Pool Tables, Arcade Games, Go Karts and eateries such as Bite & Bowl Diner and Strikes Bar & Restaurant.

Century Cinemas & Century Ice, Letterkenny

Distance from Sonas – 30km

Century Cinemas is one of Ireland's best independent movie houses. The cinema boasts 1400 executive rocker seats across 8 screens. Each screen enjoys full Dolby Digital EX surround sound and stadium seating for unobstructed viewing. Century Ice, a synthetic ice rink, is located directly next door to Century Cinemas Letterkenny.

Charter Vessels, Downings

Fishing out of Downings means the choice of shallow reefs for light tackle spinning for Pollock, deep water bottom bouncing for numerous species, sandy bottoms for "flatties", 109 Wrecks for Pollock, Ling and Conger. Up to 50 species of fish can be caught in the area. Deep water reefs for Conger Eels, rocky bottom for massive Common Skate etc. Also, shark and blue fin tuna is available later in the season.

Golf – Rosapenna Golf Links Downings

Rosapenna Golf Resort is now home to two of the finest courses to be found – The Old Tom Morris Links and the new Sandy Hill Links. The course is a combination of natural links and inland holes that stand on a peninsula between two lovely bays. The first ten holes play along Sheephaven Bay between the beach and a range of tall sand dunes.


Trabeg in Downings
Tramore, entrance at Golf Pavilion, Downings
Tra Na Rossan, Famous picture on postcards.
Ballyheirnan Bay (Eelburn), Fanad.
Portsalon – Once named the second most beautiful beach in the world by British newspaper the Observer, the Blue Flag beach in Ballymastocker Bay, which is safe for swimming, is the principle draw of Portsalon. For golfers, however, the main attraction is the marvellously scenic Portsalon Golf Club.

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Adventure One Surf School

Ballyheirnan Bay, Fanad

Jaws Watersports

Main St., Downings

Narosa Surf School

Main St, Dunfanaghy

Mevagh Dive Centre

Donegal's first purpose built dive centre situated on the outskirts of Carrigart. Diving offered all year round.


Horse Riding

Carrigart Riding Stables

Ashtree Riding Stables


Off Roading

Glen Valley Off Roading


Bicycle Hire

Sonas B&B



GAA Centre

Saturday 9pm

Carrigart Hall

Wednesday 9pm


Pitch & Putt / Driving Range



Places to Dine


Café Sraid
Carrigart Hotel


The Rosapenna Hotel
The Beach Hotel
The Downings Bay Hotel
The Singing Pub


The Glen Bar


Ripples Bar & Restaurant
The Curlew Café and Crafts


Sarah's Restaurant