Fodor's Expert Review Bay View Hotel

Main St., Killybegs, Co. Donegal, Ireland Fodor's Choice

One of Ireland's most historic hotels, Bay View is well placed for seeing Donegal Bay and the nearby Slieve League Cliffs; its shiny guest rooms and lively bar and restaurant are all part of the scenic package. Soothing tones of beige carpets and curtains complement cream walls in the clutter-free rooms and pave the way for a relaxing stay at a hotel that is back at the top of its game after more than 300 years of trading. Luke's Restaurant serves steak, lamb, and Guinness-and-venison pie, while fishy delights include fillet of hake, monkfish, cod, and mixed seafood pappardelle. Carvery lunches are available in the Wheelhouse bar from noon to 3 pm, and bar food is served up to 9 pm. There's also live music in the bar on weekends. Famous Bay View residents of days gone by include Eamon de Valera and the soldier and statesman Michael Collins. Midweek or special weekend deals are available that include some meals.


  • excellent rooms
  • ideal base for exploring southern Donegal
  • free car parking


  • sea-view rooms cost extra
  • smells from the harbor can be strong
  • lacks amenities


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Phones: 074-973–1950


40 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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