Ballyshannon is a small market town situated in the North West of Ireland. The town claims to be the oldest in Ireland and is situated in County Donegal. The town only has a population of around two thousand people but it often seems larger as many people visit this area especially in the summer months. The town lies at the head of the river Erne and just West of the town it opens up into a large estuary that flows out into the Atlantic. There is some lovely countryside in this area and many people visit for this reason.
There are no large hotels in the town however there are a few little bed and breakfasts that are alright to stay in. If you are looking for bigger hotels then the nearby town of Bundoran has plenty, some of the better ones include Grand Central Hotel and the Holyrood Hotel. These both have very good reputations and are only a ten minute drive from Ballyshannon. There are plenty of privately owned holiday homes in Ballyshannon that are set in lovely countryside and provide a good level of self catering accommodation.
The little town has a few things of interest to look round. There is a market on twice a week which is a great place to look around and barter with the locals. You can often pick up some good local produce here and also some interesting local crafts. There are some nice clothes shops in the town and also some more practical shops. The town has a few nice pubs which always give you a very warm welcome, sometimes they have live music on in the evenings and there is generally a very good atmosphere in the pubs when there is music on. There are also a few nice little cafes and takeaways that serve pretty nice food.
There is a good music culture in the town of Ballyshannon. Rory Gallagher was born here and there is a little statue in the town of the rock star. In 2010 there was a week long festival in honour of the star which attracted many visitors and raised the profile of the town. Every August there is a folk festival in the town which again attracts lots of visitors and is a great time to visit the town as there is so much going on and such a great atmosphere in the town.
The countryside around the town really is lovely. The area is so green and lush and there are lovely rolling hills in every direction. You are also just a few miles from the coast here and there are some lovely beaches and cliffs. The town of Bundoran is only ten miles away and this is a popular resort town with plenty going on and a lovely beach that is well worth a visit.
If you have never visited this lovely little Irish town then you really are missing a treat. This really is a classic example of a quaint Irish town and it really is a nice place to have a look around. Next time you are in County Donegal make sure you give the town a visit.