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Wild Atlantic Way


Things to Do

Rathmullan is a beautiful village on the western shore of Lough Swilly on the Fanad Penninsula, 11 km (7 miles) north-east of Ramelton and 12 km (7.5 miles) east of Milford. Boasting a main street running along the sea front and leading to the stunning 3KM beach, Rathmullan is steeped in history and was the scene of the Flight of the Earls in 1607 which was a very significant event in Irish history. The beautiful tree lined walk known fondly as Batts Walks is a reference to the fact that Rathmullan was once owned by the Batt family. The Abbey built in 1518 by local Chieftains, the Mc Swiney’s of Fanad is certainly worth a visit.

Rathmullan has something to offer to everyone – 

  • Swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing for the sea lovers

  • Safe sandy beach for sandcastle builders or play in the playground at the beach

  • Fabulous walks for all level of walkers

  • Boat charter to explore Lough Swilly

  • Visit Inishowen Peninsula by ferry  - Ideal for a day trip to Buncrana by foot or car)

  • Bars and restaurants to enjoy 

  • Many world-class golf courses near (See Below)

Places to Eat

Our Top Picks

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The Beachcomber
(Food & Drinks)


The bar has a fabulous setting on the sea front and enjoys panoramic views over the Lough Swilly towards Inch Island and Inishowen Peninsula. These superb views can also be enjoyed from the large beer garden.

Belles Kitchen

(Cafe & Take-away)


This nautically themed family-friendly take away restaurant also has a bakery with fresh sourdough bread and cakes.

An Bonnan Bui

(Cafe & Bistro)


A very popular spot where you can treat yourself to a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunch from 10am-6.30pm. It's location is just off the pier and perfect for a post-beach walk coffee.

The Cook & Gardener

(High-End Restaurant)


The beautiful Cook and Gardener Restaurant in Rathmullan House Hotel features wooden floors, tented ceiling and views towards Lough Swilly. The award-winning food is sourced from Ireland’s finest producers.

The Pavillion

(Pizza & Beers)


Freshly made stone baked pizza and craft beer on tap supplied by the local Kinnegar brewery.

Relaxed and informal dining under our traditional canvas king pole tent that is heated all through the year!


A great base to explore further afield
Rathmullan is an ideal base to explore the rugged beauty of the northwest of Donegal. The Fanad Peninsula boasts some of the finest scenery of this part of the Wild Atlantic Way. The Knockalla drive between Rathmullan and Portsalon is simply spectacular and the magnificent Ballymastocker beach, listed in the top 10 beaches in the world, and onwards to Fanad Lighthouse guarantees a day trip that will be remembered for a long time.

Day trips (by Car)
Glenveagh National Park – Excellent Family Visit
Fanad Head
Ballymastocker Bay known as Portsalon Beach – must see!
Slieve League Cliffs


Portsalon Golf Club, Portsalon

Letterkenny Golf Club, Letterkenny
The North West Golf Club, Fahan, Buncrana

Wild Atlantic

Donegal's Wild Atlantic Way is a 500km driving route that takes you though some of Ireland's most beautiful and unspoilt landscapes. The closest stopping point being,Fanad Head - it is the second of Donegal’s Discovery Points on the Wild Atlantic Way. Here man’s presence and his ability to exist in even the wildest of locations is seen in the form of Fanad Head Lighthouse. 

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