Killybegs cruises

Killybegs is a natural deep-water harbour in County Donegal, Ireland’s most remote county. It stands on the rugged northwest coast, where green hills roll inland away from dark cliffs and coves sculpted by the Atlantic waves. This corner of the Emerald Isle makes for a breathtaking call along certain cruises that take you around British waters. 

Donegal’s Cultural Heritage

Killybegs is an important fishing harbour, the largest in Ireland, and the majority of the country’s most sizeable trawlers operate from here. The town is also famous for its excellent tapestries and carpets, known as Donegals. They are made using a Turkish hand-knotted technique and can be found in some of the most prestigious address around the world, from Buckingham Palace to the White House. While it’s no longer a manufacturing hub, you can still learn the secrets of the process at the Killybegs International Carpet Making and Fishing Centre. It is home to the largest hand-knotted loom in the world, where you can even put your own skills to the test.

For more acclaimed local craftsmanship, you could visit the Belleek Pottery in the county of Fermanagh. Since 1857, it has produced the world-renowned Belleek fine Parian china, known for its thinness and subtly iridescent surface.

Discover Donegal

County Donegal features some of Ireland’s most spectacular coastline, including the dramatic sea cliffs of Sliabh Liag, among the highest in all of Europe. You could venture along part of the Wild Atlantic Way which spans a total of 500 miles. The route showcases the sheer magnificence of stunning headlands, Blue Flag beaches such as Fintra's, and charming villages infused with a sense of maritime history, heritage and tradition.

Many visitors venture across to Donegal Town to admire its fifteenth century castle, while the Blue Stack Mountains provide an impressive backdrop. You could also explore one of the area’s geological wonders, at the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, southeast of Killybegs and close to Eniskillen. It’s one of only two UNESCO designated sites in Northern Ireland, an underground world of rivers, waterfalls and glistening rock formations, which includes a subterranean boat ride.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Landscape Drive & Folk Village

    Discover the rugged and wild scenery of Donegal and visit the Glencolmcille Folk Village that depicts a bygone era.

    Landscape Drive & Folk Village

    Donegal is Ireland’s most remote county and is surrounded by rugged and wild scenery. A lovely drive from Killybegs along the west coast will allow you to take in the spectacular views.

    Your drive will bring you to the Glencolmcille Folk Village, a delightful attraction that will take you on a journey back in time to an era of poverty and hardship. The open-air folk village allows you to hear, see, and even smell what it was like in days gone by. View the replica thatched cottages and enjoy a talk on old Irish cures and view the ‘shebeen’ which were unlicensed bars back in the day. You’ll also have an opportunity to drop into the old school house for some Irish language tuition. Donegal is renowned for its tweed and a spinning and weaving demonstration will also take place.

    During your visit, you can relax in the tearooms as tea or coffee and a scone are served and local musicians will ring out some traditional Irish music.

    The return drive will allow you to further enjoy the rugged wild scenery, before arriving back into Killybegs.

    This excursion will operate by coach and by foot. Please note that the activities taking place on the day at the Folk Village may vary and are subject to change. The scenic drive to and from Glencolmcille Folk Village is around one hour. To derive full enjoyment of this tour some walking is required. Guests must be able to negotiate the step on to and off the coach. There is some uneven ground at Glencolmcille Folk Village. Flat, comfortable shoes are advised.<

    Tour code

    KBS_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Donegal Town On Your Own

    An ideal option for those who want to explore Donegal Town at their own leisure.

    Donegal Town On Your Own

    The historical and charming town of Donegal is located at the mouth of Donegal Bay and is surrounded by the vista of the Blue Stack Mountains. It’s an ideal place to while away a few hours independently.

    A local guide will accompany you on the drive to the town and offer information on things to do and see. Perhaps head along to Magee of Donegal to buy some famous Donegal tweed. Founded in Donegal Town in 1866, the original Magee store has developed from a small draper’s into an historical attraction. You may choose to relax in a local café and admire the surroundings or if time permits, visit Donegal Castle that dates back to the 15th century.

    At the designated meeting time and place, you’ll rejoin your coach and guide for the return journey to Killybegs.

    This excursion will operate by coach. The drive time to Donegal town is around 45 minutes and the free time is around 2½ hours. The level of walking is at guests’ discretion. Local currency is accepted for purchases. Donegal Castle requires at least one hour to visit and may be subject to close without notice. Please ensure you take note of the pick-up time and place, as coaches cannot be held for latecomers.

    Tour code

    KBS_005

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Belleek Pottery & Donegal Town

    Visit the Belleek Pottery and discover a world of fine craftsmanship, combined with a visit to Donegal town.

    Belleek Pottery & Donegal Town

    Nestled on the banks of the River Erne in the county of Fermanagh is the Belleek Pottery, home to world-famous Belleek fine Parian china. Founded in 1857, it is one of Ireland’s oldest attractions and the methods and techniques that were developed by the very first craftsmen are still followed today.

    Upon arrival, a video presentation will be shown that highlights each step of the pottery production process. Your Belleek Pottery guide will then take you on a fascinating tour that shows you how the Chinaware is intricately put together. You’ll see how tiny petals, stems and twigs are created by hand and discover the secret that gives the fine china its distinctive pearly glow. The tour will also pass through the furnace area, and the painting rooms, where the delicate colours of nature are applied. There will be an opportunity to visit the gift shop and perhaps purchase an item as a souvenir of your visit.

    Afterwards, you’ll take a drive through the countryside that will encompass both northern Ireland and southern Ireland and arrive at the town of Donegal. Here, a stop will be made for you to enjoy some free time, before the return drive to Killybegs.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The tour involves around 1 hour of guided walking over relatively flat ground. Walking during free time is at guests' discretion. Flat, comfortable shoes are advised. The free time in Donegal is around 45 minutes. Local currency is accepted for purchases.

    Tour code

    KBS_006

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4¾ hours

  • Landscape Drive, Irish Coffee & Music

    Capture the beauty of the Donegal landscape and enjoy an Irish coffee and traditional Irish music!

    Landscape Drive, Irish Coffee & Music

    Donegal offers a unique picturesque landscape of mountainous beauty, long valleys, rugged and rocky headlands and sweeping sandy beaches.

    Travelling north from Killybegs, your drive will take you through an area known as ‘The Rosses’ or ‘Na Rosa’ in Gaelic, meaning ‘the headlands’. Admire the rocky and baron coastline, where a scattering of villages sit and where aspects of traditional Irish life have remained.
    <>br> Your drive will continue through the spectacular surrounding scenery, before reaching the small village of Crolly. The village is perhaps best known for being the birthplace of internationally acclaimed singer Enya and her siblings who formed the traditional Irish group Clannad. Here you’ll visit Leo’s Tavern, which is owned by Enya’s father Leo and run by his youngest son. Relax and enjoy an Irish Coffee and soak up the local atmosphere, whilst listening to the sounds of live traditional Irish music.

    Afterwards, you’ll rejoin your coach for a leisurely drive back to Killybegs to admire more of the wonderful scenery. Enjoy some photograph opportunities along the way, before arriving back into Killybegs.

    This excursion will operate by coach.This tour is predominantly by coach and the drive is around 1½ - 2 hours each way.

    Tour code

    KBS_004

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours