Killybegs is a town situated in County Donegal, Ireland. Located on the south coast of Ireland, north of Donegal Bay, close to Donegal Town, it is country's biggest fishing port. Killybegs lies at the head of scenic harbour and at the base of mountainous tract that extends northward. There is street festival in the summer celebrating fish catches and incorporating traditional "Blessing of the Boats".
Killybegs has a population of 1,300 people (2011 census). It is a natural deepwater harbour with 12-meter depth at low water spring tide at the €50 million pier which was completed in 2004. Killybegs' harbour is home to all the biggest Irish midwater pelagic trawlers, as well as a modest whitefish fleet, but also handles other types of shipping (mixed specialist cargoes and passenger cruise liners). In recent years the city of Killybegs has become the major port for importation of wind turbines. It is a service port for offshore gas and oil drilling rigs.
The town is famous for its carpets and tapestries, some of which produced on the largest carpet loom in the world at "Donegal Carpet Factory". These carpets, hand-knotted in Turkish style, are known as Donegals. They have adorned important buildings in Ireland, including Buckingham Palace, Dublin Castle, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Aras an Uachtarain, and internationally The White House, the Vatican, 10 Downing Street and many state buildings around the world. Killybegs' factory closed in 2003. Since 2006 it has been open as Maritime & Heritage Centre which provides information on carpet making and fishing industry. Tours are organized daily and visitors can see how smaller carpets are made and even try making a knot. A ship simulator is available which is Ireland's most modern. It offers 3 levels of technique providing fun and testing navigation skills. The Maritime & Heritage Centre is open all year round.
The registered blue flag Fintra beach lies on the outskirts of Killybegs. It consists of fine golden sand, and boasts large numbers of visitors during the peak tourist season. Fintra beach is lifeguarded through the whole bathing season, and is regarded as one of Ireland's safest beaches.
Highlights: Donegal, Glencolumbkille Museum, Kilcar
Port Killybegs cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Killybegs, Ireland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|5 May, 2018|
|Silver Muse||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|18 May, 2018|
|Silver Cloud||07:00||18:00||Dublin, Ireland|
|20 May, 2018|
|Queen Victoria||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|22 May, 2018|
|25 May, 2018|
|ms Prinsendam||08:00||18:00||Galway, Ireland|
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