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7 Things to Do in Ireland and Northern Ireland

Where to stay and how to have fun on the Emerald Isle.

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Castle Murray House

01 Set up your own winter adventure with Free Range, an association of local outfitters and properties, including Finn Lough, the Bundoran Surf Co. and Lough Erne, the sprawling resort that hosted the 2013 G8 Summit.(

02 Get cozy by the fire with a bowl of spiced carrot and lentil soup at the Thatch Coffee Shop, located in a picture-perfect 18th-century building. (Main St., Belleek)

03 Maddens Bridge Bar offers a tasty après-surf snack of Atlantic cod, fried in a batter prepared with Donegal Blonde craft beer. (

04 Bring home a bit of the Emerald (and yellow and red and violet) Isle with the rainbow-inspired Slieve League Throw from Studio Donegal. (

05 Stop at Brennan’s in Bundoran for what’s said to be the best pint of Guinness in the west. (Main St., Bundoran)

06 Enjoy a seafood feast of Donegal oysters and monkfish at Castle Murray House. (

Finn Lough

Where to stay

The Finn Lough adventure resort offers cottages and guest rooms, two small-craft marinas, hiking and biking trails and a hot/cold spa designed by award-winning Portuguese firm Rebelo de Andrade.

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