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Baile Lifin
Ballyliffin is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 55°15′N 7°16′W / 55.25°N 7.27°W / 55.25; -7.27Coordinates: 55°15′N 7°16′W / 55.25°N 7.27°W / 55.25; -7.27
Country Ireland
Province Ulster
County County Donegal
Population (2011)
 • Total 461
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference C467453

Ballyliffin (Irish: Baile Lifin) is a small village located in the North Western tip of Inishowen, County Donegal, Ireland.

The surrounding landscapes are picturesque, with the village being surrounded by Pollan Strand, Binion hill and Crockaughrim hill.


Local history of the area is covered in Charles McGlinchey's publication, ‘The Last of the Name’. It includes accounts of feuds between landlords and tenants, battles and other nuances.

Places of interest[edit]

A small island off Pollan Bay called Glashedy is located roughly one mile off the coast. The English translation of the name is the Island of the Green Cloak derived from the layer of grass present on the top. Throughout the ages various ships have become wrecked near to the island, which provide rich fishing grounds and also contributed the rat population to the island.

The nearby Isle of Doagh (no longer separate from mainland) is also worth a visit. Find out more about the area, facilities and things to do at



Ballyliffin is home to a number of hotels such as The Strand Hotel,[1] Ballyliffin Lodge Hotel & Spa,[2] Ballyliffin TownHouse[3] and the Ballyliffin Hotel[4] as well as a golf club,[5] restaurants and coffee shops such as Nancy's Barn and a small supermarket called Atlantic stores.


  • Ballyliffin is the birthplace of "The Heretic" John Toland, who coined the ideals of Pantheism. Folklore tells us that John Toland exchanged his soul for a book of wisdom on Binion hill, in a Faustian pact with the devil. It is now understood that these stories are derived from Toland's stance opposing the Catholic church.
  • Former Bohemian FC footballer Fearghal Harkin is originally from Ballyliffin.
  • Well known chef Kieran Duey creator of Ireland's best chowder lives in the village and owns the restaurant Nancy's Barn there.[6]


Ballyliffin railway station opened on 1 July 1901, but finally closed on 2 December 1935. It is now a private residence.[7]


Ballyliffin also has two 18 hole golf courses. Among Nick Faldo's favourite links courses, they were designed by top course designers, Eddie Hackett, Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddoc. In 2006 the old course was upgraded by Nick Faldo.

Ballyliffin Golf Club hosted the 2008 Irish Seniors Open in June 2008[8]

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