Ballyliffin is situated in Northern County Donegal and like most of Donegal is stereotypically Irish. That sounds slightly obvious as it’s in Ireland but for me, if I think about the Irish countryside and how I imagine it to be, it’s like you find in Donegal.


Ballyliffin is a small sleepy village on the Atlantic cost of County Donegal.  You’ll find long sandy beaches to walk along and the hills of the Inishowen peninsula to explore. This area isn’t overly touristy, so if you like quieter places away from the masses of tourists you’ll find in Dublin, or the more popular destinations, this might be for you. Pollan bay which is a stones throw from Ballyliffin has a fine sandy beach over two miles in length where you can enjoy walks summer or winter. It’s also home to the Ballyliffin Golf Club, Irelands most northerly club. while walking on the beach you’re likely to see horses being ridden on the beach, or surf lessons going on in the bay.

The nearby Doagh Famine Village was an interesting place to visit. It shows the way of life in the area from the famine back in the 1840’s to the present day. You’ll see how until relatively recently, the area enjoyed (or maybe not) a way of life that most people would have believed had long since existed. there’s a great explanation of the Irish ‘wake’ for the dead with some interesting insights into where different words and terms came from, such as saying that someone has ‘snuffed’ it, to mean they’ve died.

County Donegal is on the Northerly route of the Wild Atlantic Way, a driving route along the west coast of Ireland. If you want to visit more of Donegal, there’s also a suggested 5 day itinerary

See more pictures from Ballyliffin in my gallery