Boating & Watersports
There is plenty of opportunity for all forms of water based activity in the sea around Cruit Island. Swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boating, water skiing, surfing, windsurfing, sailing, diving – the list is endless, however for most of these you will need to have your own equipment.
The pool at Cruit bridge is particularly good for safe swimming and diving.
Of all 32 counties in Ireland, Donegal must be the one with the least amount of flatland. There are hills and valleys, mountains, rocks and lakes everywhere you look! This gives the land a rugged, natural appeal not found in some of the other counties. What better way to discover the raw beauty of Donegal than on foot? There are plenty of mountains to climb and paths to be discovered in this rugged terrain. Mount Errigal and Muckish are two popular climbs but be prepared to get mucky!
Pony Treking & Horse Riding
There is quite a lot of equestrian activity in County Donegal and you would not have to travel far from Cruit before you find somwhere to partake. Particular hotspots include Bundoran, Letterkenny, Bruckless and Ballyshannon. Pony Trekking and Horseriding may be available at certain times of the year on Cruit Island itself.
Festivals & Fairs
Probably the most famous festival in the area is the annual Mary from Dungloe International Festival, which takes place in the first week of August each year. Second to that is the Kincasslagh Festival, where for years Daniel O’Donnell would host a tea party for his adoring fans. Other festivals in the area include the Errigal Arts Festival, Burtonport Festival, Milford Busking Festival, Brockagh Lamas Fair, Portnoo Rosbeg Seafood festival and the Tory Island Traditional Music weekend. Plenty to see!
Mountain Biking / Cycling
The narrow, winding roads of Cruit Island are ideal for biking but watch out for sharp turns! Bikes can be hired from various bike shops and cycling centres around the county, such as Bundoran, Letterkenny, Dungloe, Killybegs & Donegal Town. There are many established cycling routes, which take in fantastic scenic views along the way.
Bingo & Whist
The Kincasslagh Parochial hall is just a few minutes drive from the cottage on Cruit and a stone’s throw from the Viking Hotel. It becomes a hive of activity on a Friday night when locals and visitors alike congregate for their weekly fix of Bingo and on a Tuesday professionals and amateurs alike gather together for a few rounds of Whist.