Fintra, Killybegs

Fintra, Killybegs

Fintra, Killybegs August 2013 This is a lovely Blue Flag beach, not as large as some of its neighbours but all the better for that. There was a gradual wade in to clear, fresh and slightly choppy waters. We swam here on a sunny August morning and we were the only ones swimming. No change there. The beach has dunes to the rear and rocks at one end for shelter. There is a small wall beneath the car park which will protect you from the wind. There is also plenty of place to play on the soft sand. Fintra has a reasonably sized car park, but it must get very busy in the fine weather. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. The car park also has a couple of portaloos. There is a slipway from the car park to the beach, but it has a barrier across it so, once again, no wheelchair access. You will manage easily enough with a buggy.  View Larger Map Directions: From Donegal take the N56 to Killybegs. Drive through the town and pick up the R263 signposted for Kilcar. After a couple of kilometres watch for a left turn for the beach. Ordnance Survey Map No. 10   [...]

Portstewart

Portstewart

]]> Portstewart June 2016 Portstewart is one of those long open beaches that looks as if it goes on forever. As you enter the beach there is one area to the right which has some shelter and is a car free zone. Otherwise you can drive up the beach and park wherever you like. That's one of our pet hates but it does make access easier. However, it's a long beach, good for walking and if you are prepared for I some exercise you can get beyond most of the cars. The water when we were there was a bit choppy and not great for swimming. Undoubtedly refreshing but more of a surfers beach. You will find some shelter in the dunes but otherwise bring your windbreak. There is loads of room here so it's a good place for families. Blue Flag beach with its own coffee shop at the entrance. Directions Coming from Coleraine take the A2 for Portstewart. As you approach the town you will see signposts for the beach.               Copyright © ComputerAid, 2010 ~ 00353-86-8235349 ~ ]]> ~ All rights reserved. ]]> [...]

Annamakerrig Lake

Annamakerrig Lake

Annaghmakerrig Lake April 2011 Don't even think of trying to find this lake without a map, compass or sat-nav, preferably all three. The lake is located in the grounds of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, a retreat where artists can come and stay and work on their artistic creations. Obviously the artistic community are a resourceful lot because there isn't much in the way of signposts, certainly none when you come on the R183 between Ballybay and Newbliss. However, when you do find it Annamakerrig is a lovely tranquil place. You can combine your swim with walks along the lake shore, through attractive forests. The best place to swim appears to be at the old boat house down from the main house. There is a grassy area here and you can get in along the side of the boat house. The water is fresh and cool and there are attractive views as you look across to the forests on the far side. Like all lakes you need to be careful. Swim slowly and beware of submerged rocks. This is a popular fishing lake as well, so on occasion you might be competing with the angling fraternity. Directions :  View Larger Map Take the R183 from Ballybay toward Newbliss. After you go through the Swans Cross roundabout/junction the turn off for the lake is about 3-4 kilometres further on. However, as there doesn't appear to be a signpost you will need a map or maybe just ask for directions.   [...]

Portsalon Harbour

Portsalon Harbour

Portsalon Harbour August 2017 Portsalon beach and harbour are a perfect combination. While the beach is wide and sometimes wild, the harbour is sheltered and small. It’s a perfect place for young children to splash, swim and play. The beach itself is small, protected on one side by the harbour pier and by rocks on the other. There are also various nooks for shelter. Older children, supervised of course, can do their jumps from the pier while smaller ones can splash in the shallow waters. There is a gradual wade in and the water is clear and inviting. Decent swimmers can swim across to the harbour steps while others can just enjoy the soft clear sea and look across at the magnificent Portsalon beach. To add to the harbour’s attractions, right behind it are a pub, shop and restaurant, with the shop hiring out various pleasure craft. Porstalon Harbour is an ideal place to spend a day. We had lovely sunshine when we visited, but bring your wetsuit just in case. Directions; From Letterkenny take the R245 to Ramelton and onto Milford. From Milford take the R246 to Porstalon . At the Portsalon crossroads take the right turn to the harbour and follow the road to the carpark. The carpark is small and must get crowded on sunny days. There is a ramp which allows wheelchair access. OSI Map No. 2     [...]

Bunbeg Beach

Bunbeg Beach

Bunbeg Beach July 2008 Gweedore is one of the nicest parts of what is a spectacular county and Bunbeg is right in the heart of the area. We hope we have the name right for this one (it might also be called Tra Mor). Anyway, this is an attractive family type beach, good for swimming and playing in the water. The old wreck a bit out from the beach is an added attraction but clearly should only be looked at. There is a good stretch to Bunbeg so you can have a decent walk here. It's also reasonably well protected, so you are likely to get your swim without too much choppy water. Directions  View Larger Map From the town of Gweedore take the R 258 which will bring you to Bunbeg itself. The beach is located just outside the town and watch out for a sign-posted left turn. Ordnance Survey Map No. 1   [...]

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