Steeped in history and heritage and located along Ireland’s enchanting Wild Atlantic Way, Discover everything you need to know about Ireland’s Oldest Town.

Nestled in the South of Donegal overlooking the mouth of the river Erne, this historic town has much to offer beyond its fascinating tales of old. Come and discover something new in Ireland’s Oldest Town.

Situated along the Wild Atlantic Way between the signature points of Sliabh Liag and Mullaghmore, whether you’re escaping on holiday, catching up with friends or just passing through, you’re welcome!

Beal Atha Seanaidh or Ballyshannon was named after the 6th Century warrior, Seannach. The poor fella was killed in battle at a river crossing on the Erne. The crossing was named after him and in turn the town became known as the mouth of Seannach’s Ford.

Thousands of years before, around 2700BC, Parthalon and his people sailed up the Erne estuary and landed on the small island of Inis Saimer. That was even before the Great Pyramids of Egypt were built!. They were the first settlers in Ireland and the area has been inhabited since. That’s why it’s Ireland’s Oldest Town!

Immerse yourself in heritage, have fun with the family, enjoy the songs and stories, meet the people, breathe the fresh Atlantic air, get active, get creative, relax, refuel and reconnect. It’s surprising how much there is to see and do in and around Ballyshannon.

Discover something new in Ireland’s Oldest Town