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DONEGAL BEACHES

Donegal has a coastline of 722 miles and it has the most gorgeous beaches to walk on, swim, sail or just take in the breathtakingly seascapes.  There is way too many to mention so instead we have picked the 12 blue flagged beaches.  Blue flagged beaches mean the water is clean, the beaches are clean and environmentally managed and they are safe to swim in.

 

BUNDORAN BEACH

Bundoran Beach is located approximately 250m north of Bundoran town’s main street. It is a sandy beach facing Donegal Bay and the Atlantic bounded on the North and South by rocks and on the east by the promenade roadway. It is popular destination with surfers.

 

CARRICKFINN BEACH

Carrickfinn Blue Flag Beach (Charraig Fhinn) is located close to the beautiful of Annagry (Anagaire) on the western coast of County Donegal in the heart of the Irish speaking Rosses. Carrickfinn beach is an extensive sandy beach with a good dune system. The beach is exposed at times during the tidal phase throughout the day.

Culdaff Blue Flag Beach is located close to the village of Culdaff (Cil Dabhcha), on the north east coast of the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal. Culdaff beach consists of a sandy beach with two rock outcrops at the south-east of the beach. These are exposed at times during the tidal phase during the day. The beach is contained to the west by sand dunes and to the north-west by the Culdaff River. Culdaff beach is popular with Surfers, with a number of surf schools operating here.

 

FINTRA BEACH

Fintra (Fionntrá) Beach is located on the South West Coast of the Donegal, approximately 3 km from Killybegs. The beach is situated in a rural area and is a separate catchment to Killybegs Town. It is located in the Donegal Bay. Fintra beach consists of a long sandy beach; confined in a small inlet to the West of Killybegs Harbour, with hills and small cliffs to the west and the estuary if the Fintragh River to the East.

 

ROSSNOWLAGH BEACH

Rossnowlagh (Ros Neamhlach) Beach is located on the South Coast of Donegal, approximately 6 km from Ballintra and Ballyshannon. The beach is situated in a rural area and not directly beside any towns or villages. Rossnowlagh beach consists of a long sandy beach; confined by the Coolmore cliffs to the South and extends up to Inishfad at Durnesh Lake to the North.

 

PORTSALON BEACH

Portsalon Beach is a very extensive sandy beach on the shores of Lough Swilly. It gently slopes towards the Atlantic Ocean and is located in a Natural Habitat Area.

 

MARBLE HILL BEACH

Marble Hill Blue Flag Beach (Cnoc an Mharmair) is located close to the village of Portnablagh (Port na Bláiche) on the northern coast of County Donegal. It is located in Sheephaven Bay. Marble Hill beach consists of a sandy beach with two rock outcrops at the east of the beach.

 

MURVAGH BEACH

Murvagh (Murbhach) Blue Flag Beach is located close to the village of Laghey on the south western coast of County Donegal. Murvagh Beach is a long shallow beach. Behind the beach are sand dunes, designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), and beyond them lies the lovely Murvagh Forest, which has trails. An excellent place for a family picnic! Murvagh beach operates the An Taisce Pack it in Pack it out programme, the ethos of the programme is to “Leave no Trace” so beach users are asked to take their rubbish home with them and dispose of it in a responsible manner.

 

NARAN BEACH

Naran (Phort Nua) Blue Flag Beach is located close to the town of Glenties on the western coast of County Donegal. It is located in the Gweebarra Bay. This site is of high conservation value because of the extensive area of relatively unspoilt coastal habitats and the range of plant and animal species that these habitats support.

 

LISFANNON BEACH

Lisfannon Blue Flag Beach (Baile Fearainn) is located close to the village of Fahan and the seaside town of Buncrana on the western coast of the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal. Lisfannon provides spectacular views of the majestic Lough Swilly, Rathmullan and Inch Island. An excellent location for bird watching and a great spot to check out a diverse range of Flora and Fauna. For golfers, the beach is close to the North West Golf Club and not far from Fahan Marina.

 

KILLAHOEY BEACH

Killahoey Blue Flag Beach (Tra na Cille) is located close to the town of Dunfanaghy (Dun Fionnachaidh) on the northern coast of County Donegal. Killahoey beach consists of a sandy beach with a large inflowing estuary including a large mud flat at the east of the beach. The catchment area is an idyllic location for bird watching.

 

STROOVE BEACH

Stroove (An tSrúibh) Blue Flag Beach is located close to the village of Greencastle which on the eastern coast of the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal. Stroove beach consists of a small sandy beach, close to the famous Shroove Lighthouse.A great beach for a family picnic or a brisk walk on the Inishowen Head Walk. Stroove beach operates the An Taisce `Pack it in Pack it out` programme, the ethos of the programme is to “Leave no Trace” so beach users are asked to take their rubbish home with them and dispose of it in a responsible manner.

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