Beautiful Killybegs: A Complete Guide To Your Stay & Reasons To Visit


Updated On: November 08, 2023 by   Ciaran ConnollyCiaran Connolly

Where Is Killybegs?

Killybegs is a coastal town located on the North Coast of Ireland, County Donegal. It is located on the picturesque Wild Atlantic Way and has beautiful beaches typical of that part of the world.

Despite its rural location, there are many ways to get to Killybegs via plane, car, bus, or train. The nearest airports to Killybegs are Donegal Airport (1 hour away) and City of Derry Airport (1hr 20 mins away). Both these airports are good options if you are coming from the UK or European destinations. International visitors to Killybegs will probably fly into Dublin Airport, Knock Airport, Belfast International Airport, or Belfast City Airport. All these airports are between 2 and a half and 3 and a half hours drive from Killybegs.

If you don’t drive and want to get to Killybegs, you can get a bus via regular Bus Eireann routes, which take you there or via trains to Sligo Town, then get a connecting bus.

Things To Do In Killybegs

While staying in Killybegs, there are lots of fun activities you can take part in, from hikes to horse riding. There is even a company that offers Atlantic Coastal Cruises, letting you take the stunning coastal scenery of Killybegs. If you are a keen fisherman, you will have to try out the fishing in Killybegs, as it is Ireland’s premier fishing spot.

Check out the Discover Killybegs website for full details of things to do and upcoming events happening in Killybegs and the surrounding areas.

Places To Stay In Killybegs

With all the great sights to see and things to do in Killybegs, you’ll want to stay for a while. Here are some of the great places you can stay in Killybegs:

Bay View Hotel

Killybegs – Bay View Hotel

The perfect place for sea views and to make your way to the tourist information point is just two minutes walk away. This beautiful hotel is known for its ambience and warm Donegal welcome.

Sea Winds B&B

A family-run bed and breakfast with a fun nautical theme to match the coastal surroundings. They also have sea views from the breakfast room for a beautiful start to your day.

Tara Hotel

Killybegs – Tara Hotel

The Tara Hotel offers a touch of luxury during your stay in Killybegs, including views over the harbour and a great location close to local attractions.

The Ritz Hotel

“As budget haunts go, this central place really is ‘The Ritz’”-Lonely Planet Guide.

This affordable accommodation option in central Killybegs gives you the freedom of a hostel while providing the comforts and privacy expected of a hotel. If you’re headed to Killybegs on a budget, you should check out this place.

Pubs And Restaurants In Killybegs

If you’re looking for a hearty meal or a refreshing drink while in Killybegs, there are lots of great places you can go. Here are a few of the great restaurants and pubs you can visit in Killybegs:

Ahoy Café

A friendly local café which serves up amazing baked goods and hot lunch specials.

Harbour Bar

The ideal location for a great pint with sea views. Run by a local couple and known for a great pint of Guinness.

Hughie’s Bar and Lounge

A great local bar, but that’s not all; Hughie’s also serve up freshly baked pizzas with a variety of toppings. The perfect spot for a family dinner or a few drinks for a special occasion.

Killybegs – Hughie’s

Melly’s Café Fish and Chips

With so much great local seafood, it would be rude not to grab some fish and chips, and this locally-run business is one of the best places for it.

Mrs B’s Coffee Shop

The perfect spot for some afternoon coffee and cake, a  great place to warm up if the coastal Irish weather has taken a turn for the worse.

Seafood Shack

Killybegs – Seafood Shack

A small menu packed with great flavour, the Seafood Shack by the harbour serves up cod, scampi, calamari, and some warming seafood chowder. A great quick lunch on the go if you have lots to see and need a comforting lunch.

Shops in Killybegs

Killybegs is packed with great local businesses and not just restaurants and pubs. You can peruse some handmade wares, and home-baked goods, or even grab some gifts for family at home at places like:

C. Macloone & Sons Butcher Bakery and Deli

This family-run deli serves up great sandwiches as well as fresh meat and home-baked bread. The same amazing bread can be used in their delicious sandwiches, a great spot to grab supplies for a picnic on the beach.


If you are looking for sports clothing or uniforms, this local shop has it all, you can even pop in if you didn’t pack enough clothes for the trip or you’ve decided you never want to leave.

Sweet News

This sweet shop is not just a newsagent but also a great shop for gifts and souvenirs of your trip to Killybegs. Well worth a look around to buy something sweet and support a local business.

Why Visit Killybegs?

Killybegs is a worthy spot for any Wild Atlantic Way road trip or even just a weekend away. There is plenty to see and do, or you can just relax and have a picnic at the beach or a pint in the pub. The coastal scenery is truly breathtaking and will stick with you long after you have left.

More Amazing Donegal Locations

County Donegal has so much to offer; here are a few more amazing locations to visit in Donegal:

Downings – located on the Rosguill peninsula, is this beautiful little town packed with friendly locals, water activities, and the brilliant Singing Pub.

Bundoran – The most southerly town in County Donegal and a highly popular seaside resort packed with great water activities and fun for all the family.

Letterkenny   – The most populace city in County Donegal and might just have the longest high street in all of Ireland. Ideal for a bit of shopping or a weekend away.

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