• Press Fam Trip in association with Railtours Ireland
  • Railtour

    to the Hills of Donegal

    Railtour to the hills of Donegal
  • Dramatic Settings

    on a wild coastal headlands

    Railtour to the hills of Donegal
  • Titanic

    Visitor Centre

    Railtour to the hills of Donegal
  • Belfast

    Hop on Hop off tour

    Railtour to the hills of Donegal
  • Slieve League

    Scenic Tour

    Railtour to the hills of Donegal
  • Press Fam Trip in association with Railtours Ireland

Making Tracks for Tourism

3 Day Hills of Donegal via Belfast & Derry in collaboration with Railtours Ireland First Class

At Harvey’s Point, we believe that many things are possible, if you think outside the box and are open to collaboration. We are delighted to have the opportunity of working together with the leading Railtours Ireland First Class team, who have created an exciting new rail / coach tour from Dublin to the Hills of Donegal, incorporating a visit to Belfast and Derry. The brainchild of Jim Deegan, Managing Director of Railtours Ireland First Class, this tour is the ideal combination of history, culture, luxury, fine food and fun, while experiencing the beauty of the northern half of Ireland.

History of Donegal Railways

In the late 19th century, Donegal had a network of small railways which transformed the life of the community. Journeys which had taken several days to complete by horse drawn carriage were undertaken in a few hours, in what was regarded as the height of comfort. Goods could also be moved speedily resulting in greater trading activity. Rail excursions attracted thousands of visitors, offering trips to the beach at Rossnowlagh (where I grew up) and the spa baths in Donegal Town. The Stanorlar / Glenties railway ran through Barnesmore, even when Lough Eske froze over in 1947. My old neighbour, Willy Simms, who lived to the ripe old age of 93, used to tell me stories about life in Donegal in ‘the olden days’. He had fond memories of the railway years and he was among the many locals who mourned the end of the railway era. For almost a century, the Donegal Railway was the heartbeat of the community, opening a door for visitors, enabling access to the bogs or gathering people together for pilgrimages or celebrations. Sadly that heart stopped beating when the railways were closed in 1960.

The Old Donegal Station House has been renovated and given a new lease of life by Co Donegal Railway Restoration Limited. It is now known as the Donegal Railway Heritage Centre and comprises a museum, information centre and a shop. It is certainly worth a visit. In recent years, there have been various attempts at restoring a section of the old Donegal Railway as a visitor attraction. Given the great sentiment about the old railways and the potential to boost tourist numbers to our region, perhaps it is time to open that chapter again and bring history back to the Hills of Donegal.

Press Fam Trip in association with Railtours Ireland

Press Fam Trip in association with Railtours Ireland

Bringing Dublin to Donegal

We recently hosted a Press Fam Trip in association with Railtours Ireland and it was deemed a great success from start to finish. Having travelled by train from Dublin to Belfast with a visit to Titanic, the group then took the train to Derry, from where they were whisked by luxury coach to Harvey’s Point. Upon arrival, the sun shone as they heard the sound of bagpipes playing “The Homes of Donegal” and they saw Team Harvey’s Point line-up along the red carpet for the grand welcome.  Shortly afterwards, we hosted a pre-dinner drinks reception with canapés, and local family ‘The Byrne Brothers’ entertained until our guests were escorted to dinner in our Lake-side Restaurant. Following a delicious seven course Tasting Menu, everyone went to Harvey’s Bar for a most enjoyable soirée of cocktails, singing and dancing until the wee hours. The next morning, our guests gathered for a hearty breakfast and later we took a walk around the hotel, showing off our new Garden Suite, the Boathouse and Lovers Bridge. There were hugs and kisses as we bade farewell to our lovely group. I smiled to myself as I thought of one of our sayings at Harvey’s Point.

“Come as a visitor and leave as a friend”.

Deirdre McGlone

June 2017

Deirdre McGlone

Three Day Tour – Hills of Donegal visiting Belfast & Derry

In collaboration with Railtours Ireland First Class

Off The Beaten Track – Stranorlar to Glenties in Donegal

Discovering Old Irish Railways. Stranorlar to Glenties in Donegal (1895-1952) The final episode of the 5-part RTÉ series first broadcast in 1997. Presented by Oz Clarke.

3 Days €899pps

From price is based on 1 adult sharing
Depart: 07:35 Dublin Connolly Station
Return: 15:00 Depart MacDiarmada Rail Station. Sligo
Departs: MAY – OCT
Mon/Wed/Fri

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3 Day Hill of Donegal via Belfast & Derry

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