The pub in Portsalon has a newspaper article on the wall which makes the case for Portsalon being the nicest beach in the world. We aren’t experts on world beaches, but Portsalon is an absolutely beautiful beach and must be one of the nicest in Ireland.
Portsalon seems to have everything – long stretches of sand to walk on, clear water to swim in, plenty of waves for the surfers, sheltered coves when you want to get out of the wind. The beach is divided by rocks into sections, which gives shelter and privacy.
The swimming itself is good, with lovely clean water combined with waves for the more adventurous when it gets windy. All in all this is just a great place to play, rest and swim
There is a decent sized parking area which has toilets and a couple of picnic tables. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer.
Blue Flag Beach.
From Letterkenny follow the twisty R247 coast road all the way beyond Rathmullan and it will bring you to Portsalon. There are a number of great viewing points along the way which you shouldn’t miss. The one overlooking Portsalon beach is well worth stopping for.
Ordnance Survey Discovery Series No 2