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May 2024

We are pleased to inform you that the Inishowen Peninsula Tourism Development Plan Progress Report for May 2024 has been completed. This report provides a comprehensive overview of the progress made to date, highlighting key developments, achievements, and future objectives for our tourism initiatives.

Roz Purcell Inspires Staycationers with Breathtaking Inishowen Peninsula Getaway

Influencer and advocate for Irish tourism, Roz Purcell, has once again captured the essence of the Emerald Isle in her recent Instagram post, showcasing the natural beauty and charm of the Inishowen Peninsula. In a bid to encourage responsible travel choices this summer, Roz shared stunning snapshots from her April staycation, urging her followers to explore the wonders closer to home.

In her post, Roz treated her audience to glimpses of their escapade, featuring encounters with the captivating wildlife at Wild Ireland and the delightful alpacas along the Wild Alpaca Way. Culinary delights were not amiss either, with breakfast savoured at Culati, followed by an exquisite dinner and overnight stay at the scenic Redcastle Oceanfront, Golf & Spa.

David Leonard, Wild Atlantic Way Programme Officer at Fáilte Ireland, highlighted the efficacy of utilising influencer and content creator strategies to connect with particular audience demographics. "As part of this activity, our social-media influencer and content-creator strategy is highly successful to engage with targeted audience demographics on specific interest topics, resulting in a measurable propensity to travel and take breaks in Ireland".

As the summer beckons, Roz's picturesque portrayal of her Inishowen adventure serves as a gentle reminder of the treasures awaiting exploration within our own shores. As the nation looks forward to longer, brighter days ahead, Roz Purcell continues to champion the beauty and allure of Ireland's landscapes, inspiring wanderlust and fostering a renewed appreciation for staycations.


July 2023 - Adventures in Inishowen: Ireland’s Dream Peninsula

Simon Calder discovers wildlife, waterfalls and rewarding walks along the Wild Atlantic Way

May 2023 - Fáilte Ireland meet with businesses across Donegal's Wild Atlantic Way to attract overnight visits as part of the Inishowen Destination Experience Development Plan.

Nearly 80 tourism businesses (accommodation, attractions and activity providers) from across the Donegal Wild Atlantic Way region met yesterday for the first Fáilte Ireland in-person networking event in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana, since the pandemic.

The purpose of the Fáilte Ireland event was for accommodation, attraction and activity providers in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands to learn more about the breadth of experiences that are on offer in the region, as they work side-by-side to develop a strong cross-selling culture across the destination.

A number of 10-minute, one-to-one sessions took place so businesses could showcase their products and explore how they can develop collaborative propositions to build on the experiences this stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way offers, positioning it as a compelling holiday destination for summer 2023 and beyond. 

Speaking about the event, Miriam Kennedy, Head of Wild Atlantic Way at Fáilte Ireland, said:

“As we begin to enter the busy summer season it is opportune to bring tourism businesses and local authorities together so they can learn what else is on their doorstep for visitors to enjoy. We are pleased to be working with so many businesses and local authorities today to build great itineraries and ‘bundle’ the regions tourism offerings to create more reasons for visitors to stay and enjoy the wonderful experiences available right across Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way.”

Fáilte Ireland Invites you to join the Local Experts Programme to Help Grow Your Local Economy. Workshops are taking place in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Tuesday, March 28th 

To register: please choose one of the workshops listed below and email

Tuesday, 28th March 10.00 am – 12.30 pm (Registration from 9.30 am)


Tuesday, 28th March 2.30 pm – 5.00 pm (Registration from 2.00 pm)

Monday 20th February 2023 - Fáilte Ireland is hosting information sessions for individuals and businesses interested in starting a tourism business, or with potential within their existing business to diversify into tourism.

Have an idea for a tourism business and want to explore whether it’s viable?

This is an opportunity to discuss your idea with a local Fáilte Ireland adviser. The Advice Clinic is a free, one to-one, 30-minute information session where you can share your business ideas with a Fáilte Ireland adviser who can help you identify appropriate supports and next steps to advance your tourism business idea.

When: Tuesday 7th March 2023 | 30 minute sessions between 10.30am - 4pm

Where: Redcastle Oceanfront. Golf & Spa Hotel 

To express your interest attending a Tourism Business Advice Clinic, please email

For further information please see our tourism business advice clinic brochure by clicking on the image below. 

Grianan fort at sunrise and text that reads: tourism business advice clinic

Tuesday 17th January 2023 - Public Information Sessions being held to hear how the new visitor experience at Fort Dunree is developing. 

Join Fort Dunree at Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Lough Swilly Suite, Buncrana, Co. Donegal for a public consultation session.

Monday 30 January 2023

Session 1 at 4pm | Session 2 at 7pm

Everyone Welcome



9th December 2022Launching the plan in Fort Dunree, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue.

Launching the plan in Fort Dunree, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD said:

“I am pleased to officially launch the Inishowen Peninsula Destination and Experience Development Plan today which will bolster the sustainability of tourism on the peninsula and will encourage visitors to stay for longer in the area. Extending the tourism season will not only strengthen individual businesses but will create new entrepreneurial opportunities - sustaining and increasing job creation and boosting the attractiveness of the area for other forms of economic growth. This plan will make a real difference to communities and businesses on the Inishowen peninsula”

For further information please read the Inishowen DEDP Press Release or watch the videos below: