Beaches in County Donegal

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Beaches in County Donegal

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  • Magali M
    7 contributions
    Nice beach with white sand and very close to the waterfall. We could not see the cave as the water was a bit high.
    There is a person charging for parking when you arrive at the beach. There is no sign for the charge but the man is quite intimidating and follow you to the car to pay for 3 euros car park. Not sure if it is legal. Be aware!
    Written 3 January 2023
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  • Colin B
    Belfast, UK228 contributions
    Called in on a tour of the Atlantic Way. Spectacular beach, about 200 steps down but if you take your time it is fine.

    Lovely secluded beach, very clean water and safe for swimming.

    Little coffee van helps quench your thirst after climbing back up the steps
    Written 24 August 2022
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  • 2020vision
    Dundonald, Belfast.3,898 contributions
    Buncrana Beach is just a part of Buncrana Shore Path . It's a lovely walk , clean and well maintained . Lots of gorgeous scenery , especially when the sun is shining .
    Written 20 September 2022
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  • 2020vision
    Dundonald, Belfast.3,898 contributions
    A lovely place to spend some time walking along by the sea .
    Very clean and peaceful .
    Donegal beaches never seem to be too busy .
    Written 26 September 2022
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  • bikerbabe2014
    Dublin, Ireland200 contributions
    First time to this part of the world.
    Spectacular scenery and a wonderful expanse of beach that doesn't feel crowded. Rain or shine, bracing wind or still, this is a stunning place.
    Written 24 August 2022
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  • 2020vision
    Dundonald, Belfast.3,898 contributions
    Really gorgeous place to walk even on a squally Winter's day .
    We enjoyed our picnic in the car looking out over the sea .
    We'll definitely be back in the better weather .
    Written 19 February 2022
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  • Don G
    1 contribution
    5 Fingers Beach is one of inishowen most beautiful Beaches .5 Rocks jut out on its most northerly point .Trabreaga Bay meaning the Bay of lies because of the strong current that flows through the Bar mouth as it is known .In the distance lies the isle of Doagh and Glashedy island .Malin Head lies to the extreme North .
    Written 4 December 2022
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  • Jezzie
    Hampshire, England45 contributions
    Huge beautiful deserted (in May) beach, it was absolutely stunning. We visited several beaches in the area and this was the most glorious
    Written 22 May 2022
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  • Peggy R
    Indianapolis, IN53 contributions
    Was recommended to visit this beach and it was a highlight! Easy to get to and worth the little side drive. The beach is gorgeous! Even on a cool, rainy day. Fantastic views. Plenty of parking. Highly recommend!
    Written 9 November 2022
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  • LandPC
    Ireland’s Ancient East, Ireland162 contributions
    Visited on a bright Autumn day, parked on the beach near the hotel and went for a long long beach walk. There were people swimming, boarding, building sand castles and fishing so Rossnowlagh ticks a lot of boxes
    Written 6 September 2022
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  • Emily O
    Mullingar, Ireland1,162 contributions
    My husband, toddler, baby and I checked out this beach on the recommendation of a family member that had stayed in the area the previous week. Even with the tips on how to access it, down a grassy path through the dunes, we missed the parking area for it despite another car being parked there. It is very near the turn off to Dunree Fort. It is a lovely beach. Worth checking out if in the area. However, we were more blown away by the nearby Gap of Mamore and Lenan Strand/Lenankeel beach: check these out if you can. That's Donegal for you though-spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches🏖️🙌🌞
    Written 5 August 2021
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  • Jc111
    Northern Ireland, UK46 contributions
    An outstanding beach that is a must when visiting or passing through Ballyliffen. The beach is extremely clean and the waves were huge!
    Written 27 January 2023
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  • Alan H
    2 contributions
    We thoroughly enjoyed walking along this beach and the added bonus it was a few hundred yards from our hotel, the Shandon
    Written 21 August 2021
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  • Bernie H
    2 contributions
    Love this beach. Beautiful today. Busier today but no problem social distancing. Amazing views while walking to and from the pier.
    Written 11 August 2020
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  • 2020vision
    Dundonald, Belfast.3,898 contributions
    Lovely beach for walking .
    Clean and rarely crowded.
    Very handy to Buncrana with great views.
    Well worth a visit , great for families .
    Written 19 September 2022
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