Ballyhernan Beach – Donegal
Green Coast beaches are ideal for those wishing to enjoy a beach experience far removed from the intrusions normally associated with the traditional and more urban seaside beaches.
Fanad – Donegal
The Donegal beach at Ballymastocker on the Fanad peninsula was named as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It extends for miles from Knockalla Hill all the way to Portsalon and the views from Knockalla across the miles of sandy beach are truly stunning.
Falcarragh – Donegal
Ballyness beach is a long sandy beach near the town of Falcarragh. From the beach there are views to Horn Head and Tory Island.
~ Magheroarty Beach and Pier ~ a ferry leaves for Tory Island daily during the Summer.
Bundoran – Donegal
With Bundoran’s main street only 250 metres away, there are lots of activities to get involved in and many amenities within walking distance, including cafes, restaurants and hotels. It is a very popular surfing spot and attracts visitors from near and far.
Buncrana – Donegal
Known from Victorian times as the “Ladies’Bay” Buncrana’s Shore Front is a sheltered cove only five minutes walk from the Town Centre. Extensive and well kept greens run down to a three hundred yard crescent of golden sands, the whole affording lovely views of Lough Swilly’s western shores. Car parking is plentiful and this is an ideal spot from which to set out on Buncrana’s Shore Path Walk.
St. John’s Point – Dunkineely – Donegal
Outside the village of Dunkineely and near the end of the peninsual of St. John’s Point, at 7 miles one of the longest peninsula in Ireland, in south Donegal there is a small curve of a beach called the Coral Beach. The sand is almost pink and this makes it a very pretty little beach.
A short walk from the beach is the tip of the peninsula offering stunning views across Donegal Bay, McSwynes Bay, over to the fishing port of Killybegs, as far as County Sligo and back inland too. The waters around the lighthouse at St. John’s Point is very popular with divers and reputed to be some of the clearest diving waters in Europe.
Culdaff – Donegal
Culdaff boasts one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches with its golden sands, clean, clear water plus services such as toilets and life guard patrols earning it a coveted “Blue Flag”.
The location enjoys ample car parking, picnic areas and a newly re-furbished children’s playground. The panorama from the beach, often taking in the Scottish Isles, is spectacular
Activities include swimming, canoeing, surfing, shore and sea angling plus some interesting rock climbing routes on the Dunmore head cliffs.
There is also a 3.4km walkway called “Sli na Slainte” (“Health Path”) following the River estuary and shoreline.
Lettermacaward – Donegal
This is a Green Coast Beach. Green Coast beaches are ideal for those wishing to enjoy a beach experience far removed from the intrusions normally associated with the traditional and more urban seaside beaches.
Drop down the small sand dunes onto a long Beach hidden down the Irish country roads. reasonably reliable but no reports taken at location so have to go to see whats the craic. Beware of currents pushing you down the beach.
The 3km long sandy beach is safe for swimming, however caution must be excercised when large waves are breaking on the beach.
A favourite spot for surfers.
Dunree – Buncrana – Donegal
Anciently known as “An Port Ban” and, since Napoleonic times as “Crummies Bay”, Dunree beach is located about six miles north of Buncrana in the shadow of Dunree Fort and the Urris Hills.
This perfect sandy beach, backed by dunes and a compact area of “machar,” enjoys lovely views north-west to Fanad Head and the Swilly Mor cliff.
Most famous is the Fort of Dunree, or “Dun Fhraoigh“, which in Irish means “Fort of the Heather” and indicates that this site has been an important defensive site down through history. Fort Dunree was first opened to the public in 1986 and has attracted tourists from all over the world ever since. It is a must see for visitor’s to the Inishowen peninsula.
Fort Dunree provides the following facilities:
Scenic Walks – The Guns of Dunree Exhibition – The Wildlife Discovery Room – The Rockhill Collection – Shop – Cafe – Auditorium – Exhibition/Conference Space
Killybegs – Donegal
Fintra beach is a beautiful sandy beach just a couple of kilometers outside the fishing port of Killybegs. It is approached by a steep road down to it which offers stunning views of both the beach and Donegal Bay as far as Benbulben mountain.
Beach Lifeguards Lifeguards will be on duty on this beach – from June until September. Hours of Work: 12.00pm – 18.30pm. It is safe to swim and lifeguards are on duty. NB Swim between the flags.
Five Fingers Strand
Malin – Donegal
Marking the northern entrance to Trawbreaga Bay, Five Fingers Strand is located a mile or two north of Malin Town en-route to Malin Head. The strand takes its name from the five sea-stacks that can be seen, particularly at low tide, at the northern end of the beach. The wreck of the “Twilight”, which sank in 1889 en-route from Newfoundland to Derry can also be seen when the water is low.
The dunes at the back of the beach are the largest of their type in Europe.
Strong currents make the shore unsafe for swimmers but with its wonderful views and spectacular setting it is an ideal spot for a bracing walk.
Kincasslagh – Donegal
Just beside the village is a large tidal strand, wonderful for walks when the tide is out. One can walk to the bottom of Cruit Island and/or under Cruit Bridge to Keadue, Inishinny and Cloghlass. On the road to Annagry, turn left at the Gaelic football field over the cattle grid to arrive at Mullaghderg Beach, a fabulous stretch of sand manufactured by the Atlantic breakers from red Donegal granite. A peep over the sand dunes will reveal a mile of pristine white sand which usually you can have to yourself to enjoy in the company of a bracing Atlantic breeze. Walk further on to discover several other small beaches.
Greencastle – Donegal
Kinnagoe Bay is a delightful, secluded, sandy Bay on the Peninsula’s North Eastern Coast about five miles from Greencastle.
It is a perfect beach for a family day out, safe for swimming and all water activities. Take a stroll along the line of its wooded backdrop. Investigate the dunes or, for the more energetic, try a spot of surfing.
The rocky headland at the north-western end of the bay marks the site of the wreck of the Armada support vessel La Trinidad Valencera in 1588.
Innisowen – Donegal
Within a mile of the northern foot of the Gap of Mamore this secluded beach is sheltered to the south-east by the magnificent Urris Hills. The Bay’s “off the beaten track” location leaves it largely unfrequented, a perfect spot for a quiet day by the shore.