Local Attractions

Local attractions

What to do in Portnoo? 


Portnoo has been a firm favorite holiday destination for many generations for many years, a great testament to the natural beauty of the area paired with the endless list of activities available to all ages. 
We have complied a list below on the most popular attractions around the local area. 

Portnoo Harbour and Beach

A very popular location for all those thrill seeker Pier Jumpers! This is also a bustling area at certain times of the summer (depending on tides) where locals and holiday makers alike will partake in the Pier to Beach Challenge, Pier jumping, Jet skiing, the sheltered harbour is also a popular for setting off on your kayak around the bay or even to Iniskeel Island.  

Narin Beach

Narin beach is 1.5km from the cottages (or less via Kayak!), a majestic Blue Flag, 2 mile long beach and always a crowd pleaser! A firm favorite for all local sea swimmers that can brave the Atlantic Ocean always under the watch full eye of the Lifeguards. At certain times during the summer with a low tide, the ocean will part and you will be able to walk across the beach to access Iniskeel Island, the location of a World Heritage Site and small beach which will give you a completely different view of Narin and Portnoo A must do if the tidal times are right!
Always ask for tide times form the lifeguards.


 Food and Drink

The Village of Narin, Portnoo boasts many food and beverage locations from Narin’s go -to Seaside Café serving Pizza, daily food specials, Coffee & Ice Cream at Boyles Seaside Café to evening meals in your choice of restaurants dotted along the beach front.
For your day to day shopping needs Morgan’s Mace and Post Office will fulfil your needs to no end.  



There are many routes for hill walkers of all experience levels, from coastal walks in Portnoo  to Hill Walking the Glengesh Pass to taking up the task of trekking to the highest Sea Cliffs in Europe, The Slieve League which is less than 45 minutes’ drive away. Not forgetting Mount Errigal, which is a drive away for those looking for more of a challenge!!


Narin and Portnoo Golf Club have an 18 Hole Course that is open throughout the year. It is renowned not only for the great standard of course but also for the unrivaled beauty of the coastline the players can enjoy during their round of golf.

Local attractions

Day Trip Must Do’s in Portnoo 

Slieve League

Arguably one of the most majestic views in Ireland the Slieve League Cliffs tower over the Wild Atlantic Ocean, they are the Highest Sea Cliffs in Europe and a hugely popular destination for all who visit Donegal, take in the sights of Killybegs, Kilcar, Muscross and Teelan on your way here, a day trip you will never forget.! Beautiful on a Summers day but equally fabulous on a winters day with the cashing of the waves to the cliffs face. The famed “secret Waterfall” location is along this route also, although some argue it is “not so secret” anymore due to the popularity gained through Instagram.

Aranmore Island Day Trips

The island of Aranmore is just a 20minute day trip from the fishing area of Burtonport in the Rosses area of West Donegal. During the summer months there is a departure evert thirty minutes operated buy two ferry companies, you can go as passengers on the ferry or take the car if you would like to explore more of the island. The scenery on the way to the island and around it stunning.

Crohy Sea Stack

Beautiful example of a sea stack on the rugged Donegal Coastline which has become a firm fixture on Instagram so be sure to take a walk to view this especially at sunset!

Glenveigh National Park

One of the most popular National Parks in Ireland, famed for its wild deer and home to Golden Eagle that can been seen while strolling through the vast Estate, Castle and Gardens, Tours are available on a daily basis here from the beginning of April to the end of October annually.