SeaFest’s partner organisations include:
Formed in 1955 and based in Fahan, beside Lough Swilly Marina. The Lough Swilly Yacht Club promotes both dinghy and cruiser sailing and racing. At present the club runs a full schedule of cruiser racing from April to December, a summer dinghy training and sailing programme, and a variety of social events in the clubhouse. Membership enquiries are always welcome, and there are opportunities to try crewing on board a racing yacht for those who think they may like to take up this exciting sport.
The Rathmullan Sailing & Watersports School has pretty simple goals – to provide people with a fun, safe, and exciting environment for participating in watersports. The School is a not-for-profit community-based initiative of the Rathmullan and District Resource Centre and an Irish Sailing Association (ISA) accredited Training Centre, offering courses for all ages and skill levels. Courses are taught by highly-experienced, ISA-certified senior instructors using a fresh fleet of Laser Picos and Laser Bahias.
Founded in 2010, the Rathmullan Sailing & Watersports Club is actively opening up access to marine leisure activities on the Fanad side of Lough Swilly. Open to all interested, The Club offers its members a safe and structured framework for getting on the water, for building skills and confidence, for having fun and enjoying the wonders of our marine environment. The Club’s schedule includes regularly scheduled open sails and excursions, dinghy racing for juniors and adults, and a calendar of exciting social events.
With the second generation of the Wheeler family now at the helm, Rathmullan House has entered what the Bridgestone guide describes as “superstar territory amongst Irish country houses”. The two restaurants at this elegant seaside house, The Weeping Elm and the Cellar Bar, are defining regional cuisine in Ireland’s northwest. And for those not able to make it to Donegal’s seaside, Rathmullan House has been taking their magic on the road, delighting music lovers at the Electric Picnic and last year’s Leonard Cohen concerts at Lissadell House with their unique brand of good food on the go.
Gartan Outdoor Education Centre is superbly located, set on 87 acres on the shores of Gartan Lough, 15 minutes from Letterkenny, Co Donegal, Ireland. The Centre provides a wide range of Adventure Sports Activities, Environmental Education Courses, Team Building, Management Training and Adventure Sports Training.Our courses are suitable for primary schools, secondary schools, youth groups/clubs, 3rd Level, families, corporate and Individuals. Courses are run on a residential and non residential basis, 7 days a week, all year round.
Adventure One Surf School offers lessons and coaching for complete beginners to intermediate and advanced surfers. The school’s founder and owner, Iain Gilmour, has been surfing locations all over the world since 1982, and has surfed competitively in National Championship finals in Ireland and his native Channel Islands. Lessons are run in the crystal clear waters of Ballyheirnan Bay in Fanad by instructors with over 40 years combined experience, who will ensure that you have a fantastic surfing experience. The minimum age is 8 years old and all boards and wetsuits are provided.
Rathmullan Charters Sea Angling specialise in wreck, reef, tope and shark fishing, but also offer sight seeing and corporate trips, bird and seal watching, relaxing evening cruises, or day-trips to Tory Island. Its two boats – the 42ft Explorer and the 38ft Enterprise 1 – are equipped with the latest safety technology and marine electronics, and are fully licensed by the Department of the Marine. Each has ample cabin space with seating, a galley area offering light refreshments, and toilets.
Earagail Arts Festival, now in its 23rd year, is a bilingual (Irish and English language), multidisciplinary arts festival which takes place every July throughout County Donegal on the North West Atlantic seaboard of Ireland. This iconic summer festival features eclectic and alternative music, outdoor spectacle, visual arts, circus and theatre programmes alongside spoken word, film, family and children centred events. From movie screenings in forests and castles to innovative theatre, street arts and circus in gardens, parks and state of the art venues, the unique annual programme reaches out across County Donegal, so wherever you’re staying you’ll be able to enjoy a feast of entertainment located in the heart of one of Ireland’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty.