Ballyshannon Holiday Cottages Just show me Ballyshannon Cottages Enveloped in an emerald backdrop of mountains, forests and lakes, Ballyshannon is a great destination for anyone intent on exploring the great outdoors of County Donegal. Think peaceful lakes like Lough Erne, where salmon leap and fishing is bountiful. Idyllic banks along the river which prove perfect for a summer's picnic, and a wealth of welcoming pubs and restaurants, where warm-hearted locals wait to serenade the weary traveller with a traditional Irish tune or two. Got your attention? Then read on for a few more reasons why Ballyshannon is the perfect destination for a cottage holiday in Ireland, or browse our Ballyshannon holiday cottages below. Unearth the history of County Donegal with a Ballyshannon Cottage Allegedly the oldest settlement on the Emerald Isle, Ballyshannon is the ideal place for the budding historian. The town's history dates back to around 4,000BC, with numerous ancient artefacts having recently been unearthed. Discover the tomb of the Aed Ruad, the High King of Ireland, beneath the imposing St. Anne's Church, or step forward in history and snap a photo of the commemorative statue of Rory Gallagher, a prevalent Irish rock guitarist who died in 1995. If history isn't your thing, take one of the many walking trails out of town and get lost amid the rugged landscapes of County Donegal. One of most invigorating Ballyshannon walking trails is the Creevy Shore Walk, a cliff top route which extends for 10km along the inspiring South Donegal coastline. The route's great for cyclists too, so why not get pedalling on your action packed holiday in Ballyshannon. Whether you want to relax and unwind or pursue adventure, our self-catering Irish holiday cottages in Ballyshannon provide the perfect base for any sort of holiday in County Donegal. Book yours today, with Sykes Cottages. Please find below a selection of self-catering Irish holiday cottages in and around Ballyshannon, County Donegal.