Glencolumbkille has the feel of being the last stop before New York and it’s a lovely place to visit. Well known for the pioneering work of Father James McDwyer it also has a very nice beach to complement its other visitor attractions.
Do, however, take heed of the warning signs at the entrance to the beach and keep clear of those rocks.
When we were there the tide was low and there was a gradual, if bumpy, wade in to soft but darkish water. This is one of the few Donegal beaches we have visited where the water isn’t clear – must be something to do with the geology of the area. That’s a minor quibble as we had a lovely swim in the calm water.
There are rocks at either end for shelter and dunes at the rear. Access from the decent sized car park is via a path with lots of steps. You will be carrying your buggy and its definitely not for wheel chairs.
Directions : From Donegal town take the N56 to Killybegs. Drive through the town and take the R 263 signposted for Kilcar and Glencolumbkille. Stay on this road and when you get to Glencolumbkille drive through it and keep going straight until you see the thatched cottage folk park with the car park on the right.
OSI Map No. 10