Buncrana, aka "Budgin"
"The Gateway to Inishowen"
Buncrana is a major town for the region, drawing her income variously on light industry, government offices and weekenders from the bordering "North". Too remote to draw international travelers, it remains a true community with nary a tourist shop in sight.
"Tied to "The North""
Buncrana sits approximately 15km from the major Northern Ireland city of Derry/Londonderry. Easing of relations between the two "nations" fomented growth in Buncrana. "Buncrana"(meaning "mouth of the Crana river in gaelic) was a popular beach destination for northerners. But, with the ease and competitive fares to better climes, such as Spain, the town has begun to suffer, especially with The Crisis.
Weather, as we all know, is not Ireland's strong point.
Buncrana town sits upon Lough Swilly, the deepest natural channel in the U.K. and a strategic defense point in wartime, offering visitors some beautiful vistas and sea life.
"Exploring from here..."
Donegal is considered, by many, to be the most rugged and beautiful county of Ireland. However, few ever venture north of Donegal town. Starting in Buncrana, work your way up the Inishowen Peninsula for some mind-blowing scenery. Mamore Gap to Malin Head will induce tears. It is rapturous. Conversely, a quick ferry ride to Rathmullan connects the area to Fanad, and Horn Head. View "tips" for more in-depth information.