What to do and see in Buncrana, Ireland: The Best Places and Tips

August 9, 2017 Emerita Lamoureux

Buncrana (/ˈbʌn.krænə/; Irish: Bun Cranncha, meaning "foot of the (River) Crana") is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. It is beside Lough Swilly on the Inishowen peninsula, 23 kilometres (14 mi) northwest of Derry and 43 kilometres (27 mi) north of Letterkenny. In the 2016 census, the population was 6,785 making it the second most populous town in County Donegal, after Letterkenny, and the largest in Inishowen.
Restaurants in Buncrana

1. Swan Park

Cahir O'Doherty Avenue, Buncrana, Ireland +353 74 936 1198
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5 based on 132 reviews

Swan Park

Reviewed By Maggie1304 - Ballyclare

We spent a lazy afternoon wandering around Sean Park and exploring everything it had to offer.
My imagination ran wild, I could hear the wings of the fairies as they skirted around us, I could feel the nature and positivity as I turned each and every corner.
A great place for adults and kids alike!

2. Fort Dunree Military Museum

Buncrana, Ireland +353 74 936 1817
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4.5 based on 230 reviews

Fort Dunree Military Museum

Fort Dunree is situated 7 miles outside Buncrana on the Inishowen Peninsula, housing a Military Museum, Wildlife Discovery Room, Coffee Shop, stunning walks and majestic views of Lough Swilly it is a must for every visitor to Donegal

Reviewed By Newryoneisback - Newry, United Kingdom

This impressive fort was originally built as a Royal Navy position during the Napoleonic Wars. So it’s over 200 years old now and still standing.
It is located on windy roads about 8 miles or so from Buncrana on the Inishowen peninsula. There’s plenty of free parking and the natural views are really impressive.
We spent over an hour going around. On arrival at the reception to pay we were directed into a film that explained the history of the area and it was interesting to find that even after Irish independence and the creation of the state there was an agreement with Britain that its troops would continue to keep operational control of the fort as it was considered strategically significant.
Those days are now long gone. Today the fort is a military museum with fascinating Exhibitions, and many displays about the birds, marine life and coastal vegetation of the area. It has a gift shop, an auditorium and trail walks.
There’s also a nearby coffee shop that serves up savoury & sweet treats, it offers free WiFi and it’s a very pleasant way to relax after a visit to the fort.

3. Buncrana Beach

Shore Front, Buncrana, Ireland 353-77-20020
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4.5 based on 118 reviews

Buncrana Beach

Reviewed By MancGranny

Sandy beach. Suitable for children. There is a nice public park nearby with good equipment. Sunsets from here are amazing.

4. Buncrana Tourist Office

Railway Road, Buncrana, Ireland +353 74 936 2600
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5 based on 67 reviews

Buncrana Tourist Office

Visitor Information centre providing in depth knowledge/expertise of the Inishowen Peninsula & Donegal.Find out what you can see and do in the peninsula from attractions, activities, sights and culture, arts and crafts and many more. Stocking a large selection of locals Arts & Crafts.

Reviewed By kerilou - Lismore, Australia

We popped in here before driving around the Inishowen Peninsula to obtain a map. Not only we were provided with a map but we received some great tips from the helpful woman behind the counter, as to some interesting sights to see. A visit here is recommended.

5. Dunree Bay

Dunree, Buncrana, Ireland 353-77-20020
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Dunree Bay

Reviewed By James W - Dublin, Ireland

Beautiful beach with close to white sands and clear water in Ireland! It was cold when we traveled to this beach but it was still a stunning sight to see. I could imagine this beach being very popular on a nice sunny day. A must see if you go up north in County Donegal.

6. Lisfannon Strand

Lisfannon, Buncrana, Ireland 353-77-74933
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Lisfannon Strand

Reviewed By sdp137913 - Derry, United Kingdom

walking on lisfannon beach is a wonderful experience, fresh air and if it is a stormy day it is great with the wind blowing through your hair and listening to the waves and finding shells.The scenery is magnificient and breath taking.For anyone visting the northwest it is a place to see

7. Free Wee Library

Buncrana Shore Path, Buncrana, Ireland +353 86 377 2399
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5 based on 23 reviews

Free Wee Library

Reviewed By Cranaman - Donegal

This has to be one the best idea's for children and adults alike with the Free Wee Library boxes placed around the Swans Park and the shore path walks, where you can pick up a book on a lazy summers day and relax to the sound of chirping birds or the waves rolling in from Lough Swilly. Well done to all involved in this fantastic project.

8. Father Hegarty Rock

Shore Path, Lough Swilly, Buncrana, Ireland
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5 based on 20 reviews

Father Hegarty Rock

Reviewed By 2020vision - Dundonald, Belfast.

One of the places to stop and visit on the Buncrana Shore Path walk. Not a nice part of our history to think about. Nevertheless, a beautiful spot for your final resting place.

9. Wains World

Unit 10 Milltown Business Park, Buncrana, Ireland +353 74 932 2450
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

Wains World

Indoor play area for the U12s with Cafe. Daily play and food deals e.g. Crazy Tuesday all day entry only €5 for 1 child discounts for extra children, Parent & Toddler on Wednesday and Friday morning for only €3. Thursday -1st Child full price 2nd half price Friday 1 hour play and kids meal €6.50 There is also a good value party package available starting at €8 Summer/Halloween/Christmas/Easter camps check Facebook for details Cafe open 10-6 daily serving everything from Beans, scramble eggs toast, wraps, sandwiches Salads to Hot food. Tea/Coffee/ Latte/Cappuccino Walkers, toys available for infants, Frame divided into toddler and Over 4s area

Reviewed By Bridie S - Letterkenny, Ireland

On a day trip trip Buncrana/Inisowen when as it does the skies opened up. My kids are aged 4 and 6 and up to this point where having a ball. Went into Buncrana but was all bars and bookies but was lucky enough to meet...MoreThank you for taking the time to review wainsworld and write such a nice review

10. St Mary's Church, Buncrana

Saint Mary's Catholic Church Saint Mary's Road, Buncrana, Ireland +353 74 936 1253
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

St Mary's Church, Buncrana

Reviewed By RandyRoss - Ridgetown

This is another beautiful Irish church in a wonderful setting in the northern part of Ireland. This is a very peaceful setting and worth a short stop.

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