Southern Donegal Bay After Dark

In summer Rossnowlagh is a hub of social activity. People flock to the Sandhouse Hotel on the beach for the nautical atmosphere of the Surfers Bar.

Farther south, the Thatch Bar at Dorrian's Imperial Hotel, Main Street, Ballyshannon, County Donegal (tel. 071/985-1147;, holds nightly sessions of Irish traditional music in summer. It also has one of those straight-from-a-postcard Irish exteriors that are impossible to pass without stopping to take a photo. Inside, you can stay in one of the chintz-draped bedrooms for around €85 a night for a double.

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