Tuesday, 20 July 2021

How to Enjoy the Perfect Staycation in Bundoran this Summer

Sun is shining, days are longer and brighter and there are lots of fun things to do and many places to see. So, why not explore Bundoran and Donegal this summer?

The first thing that comes to mind when we think of Bundoran is the beach. Facing Donegal Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, this Blue Flag beach is just 250 metres away from the Main Street and the Grand Central Hotel and has many amenities within walking distance.

Tullan Strand in Bundoran is a popular beach among swimmers and surfers and it is a Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point. It stretches for 2 kilometres with sand dunes and an impressive backdrop of the Sligo-Leitrim Mountains.

Bundoran also has great hiking trails for the trekkers out there. One the most popular spots among hikers and visitors in general is The Fairy Bridges. It is a beautiful set of unique cliff arches carved by the Atlantic Ocean. While you are there, take a seat on Bundoran’s own Wishing Chair. It is said that many of the town’s famous visitors over the years have sat here overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean – from poet William Allingham to golfer Christy O’Connor Jr to Viscount Enniskillen to 10 times world champion surfer Kelly Slater.

If you are more into swimming, you will be happy to learn that Bundoran boasts two outdoor sea water swimming pools along its coastline – the Thrupenny Pool and the West End Pool (aka. Nun’s Pool). These beautiful pools are only 5 minutes away from the hotel and offer a controlled environment for a swim, as well as beautiful views of Bundoran and the ocean. Please note that these pools are both tidal so check the tides and be aware of incoming tides. 

Bundoran offers a wide range of reef and beach options for all levels of surfers - not in vain it is known as the surf capital of Ireland. Don’t worry if you don’t have experience; various local schools – Donegal Adventure Centre, Surf N Turf and Bundoran Surf Co - offer surfing lessons suitable for all ages and levels. They also offer a wide range of water and land based activities for those seeking adventure, such as kayaking, high-rope climbing, archery, zip wire, abseiling, cliff jumping and more.

All activities are performed in a unique environment in the Wild Atlantic Way. If you decide to practise water sports you will visit not only Bundoran, but also some breath-taking nearby beaches like Rossnowlagh, where you will be instructed in surfing and bodyboarding. Or the beautiful Lough Melvin, where you will go kayaking and paddle surfing – and will fall into the water a few times.

And after a day full of adventure, nothing like returning to the comfort of the Grand Central Hotel, in the heart of Bundoran, and recharge your batteries with a delicious meal at the Wild Atlantic Bar. Featuring a selection of appetisers, burgers, salads, sandwiches and desserts, the Bar Menu is perfect for those looking for a delicious hearty meal. Not to mention the yummy cocktails!

To reassure our guests that their safety and wellbeing is our utmost priority we have created a programme of measures that we have named ‘A New Clean’, in line with the government and Failte Ireland’s guidelines. The new programme will focus on cleanliness that will be visible to guests throughout their stay. We fully understand that our guests are looking for flexibility, that's why all our rates and packages offer free cancellation (except Prepay & Save).

From adventurous options to a relaxing break on the beach, Bundoran has it all for you to enjoy the perfect staycation this summer. Check out our special offers and plan your ideal staycation!
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