Our Ferry: Magilligan – Greencastle

by admin on June 22, 2010

in Day Trips

Ferry contact number: 00353 74 93 81901 from NI or 07493 81901 from Eire

Ferry between Greencastle and Magilligan-Downhill

Ferry between Greencastle and Magilligan-Downhill

The Lough Foyle ferry runs between Magilligan Point (the far end of our beach) and Greencastle, Inishowen, County Donegal. A 15 minute drive from Downhill Hostel brings you to Magilligan Point where you can catch the ferry as a foot passenger or vehicle to Donegal. If you find yourself there early you can grab a bite or drink at the Point Bar renowned for fresh fish and traditional Guiness.
Sailings take about 10 minutes, saving roughly 1.5 hours of driving. Prices are £2.00 (€2.20) foot single, £3.00 (€3.30) foot return, £10.00 (€12.00) car including passengers single, £15.00 (€18.00) car return. Sailings depart Magilligan at quarter past the hour (9:15, 10:15, 11:15 …) starting at 9:15am. The last summer sailing departs Magilligan 9:15 pm (21:15). From Greencastle sailings leave on the hour running from 9 am to 9pm in the summer months of May, June, July, August. Sailings stop earlier other times of the year, check year round schedule to see last sail times.

Cars on the ferry deck sailing between Magilligan and Donegal

Cars on the ferry deck sailing between Magilligan and Donegal

Looking towards Binevenagh Cliffs from deck of Lough Foyle ferry

Looking towards Binevenagh Cliffs from deck of Lough Foyle ferry

Greencastle is a sleepy fishing village. It is home to a Maritime Museum and Planetarium. It has a gorgeous seafood restaurant called ‘Kealys’ with famous fish chowder, friendly pubs, a great fish and chips place with tables outside and a big picnic area overlooking the sea. You can do a nice walk around the castle ruins at the foot of the hotel and buy fresh fish from the merchant on the south of the harbour (first left if coming off the ferry).
Greencastle is also a jumping off point for exploring Inishowen Penninsula which is full of hidden treasures. Roads are waymarked for the ‘Inishowen 100’ scenic drive and the coast has many special coves worth a day trip all by themselves. Our favourite is Kinnegoe Bay, but I will save that for another blog…In the meantime consider the ferry a a way to arrive in Northern Ireland and a fabulous day trip from Downhill
Captain's deck of ferry going between Donegal and Downhill/Magilligan Beach

Captein's deck of Lough Foyle ferry

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Mike Verner March 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm

When does the ferry restart.

admin March 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm

@Mike, I believe it starts up again next weekend, the 30th of March 2012. But I would phone them before you travel to confirm!

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