The Drift Inn is situated on the banks of the Lough Swilly in Inishowen. The building was originally built as a railway station in 1863 and opened in 1864. For the next 90 years it was the main link between Derry and Inishowen. In 1953 the station was purchased and turned into a public house, the building remains mainly unchanged from the founding structure with the platform and water tower still standing at the rear of the building and the L&LSR brickwork at the front of the building.
Being in a predominantly fishing town the drift inn has a strong connection with the sea as the name would suggest.
The maritime theme runs throughout the bar and restaurant with fishing nets tastefully hung in the bar. Our bar staff afford you a huge Cead Mile Failte from the deck of saint Jude (our bar counter is shaped as a boat and named St. Jude).
The Drift Inn is one of the finest examples of a converted station house in the country which is reflected in the fact that it is a listed building.
We hope you get a chance to come visit us at the Drift Inn and get to sample our excellent food and drink in a building steeped in history.
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