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   [...]

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   [...]

Carickfinn

Carickfinn

Carrickfinn August 2013 Carrickfinn is another of Donegal's impressive Blue Flag beaches with a wide expanse of sand sheltered by peninsulas on either side. We arrived on a dull,cloudy day and certainly didn't see it at its best. Despite this we had a grand swim in calm clear water with a few waves thrown in to keep the surfers happy. There was a gradual wade in and nice soft sand underfoot. It seems like a good spot for kids to splash and play. Access to the beach from the small car park is along a sandy path which is ok for buggies but, once again, very difficult for wheelchairs. The car park has a couple of portaloos. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. Take heed of that warning sign about soft sand conditions near the stream.  View Larger Map Directions: From Dungloe take the N56 toward Dunfanaghy. At the small village of Loughanure take the left turn signpo sted for Annagary. In Annagary take the R259 and after a few kilometres you take a right turn signposted for the Airport. After a short distance on this road you will see the beach signpost Ordnance Survey Map No. 1.   [...]

Town Beach, Bundoran

Town Beach, Bundoran

Town Beach, Bundoran April 2010 Bundoran is one of our best known seaside resorts. For some people it means honky tonk and for others it means plenty of life, amusements and the craic. The town beach is a short stroll from the town centre . The beach is sheltered with rocks at either end. This is a good place for kids as the sand is soft and there are also pools to fish in. There are seats behind the beach and a good cliff walk which will lead you out to the more spectacular Tullan Strand. The water here is clear and much less likely to be choppy. There is a good amount of car-parking but its pay and display. Do not be fooled by the photos here which were taken off season. This can be a very busy spot in the summer. So if you want plenty of action and a quick trip across to the amusements nearby then this is the place for you. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. Blue Flag beach. The beach appears to be buggy and wheelchair accessible. Directions  View Larger Map From Sligo follow the N 15 signposted Donegal / Bundoran. Follow the signpost which bring you into the town and the beach is located just behind the main street. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 16   [...]

Trá Beg, Downings

Trá Beg, Downings

Trá Beg, Downings July 2008 If you are looking for a lively, family type beach then this wll suit you. Downings is a popular holiday location for people from both   south and north of the country . Holiday homes abound and a caravan park fronts onto the beach. The beach itself is wide with plenty of room for football and other games. At either end there are rocks and pools for the kids to explore. Dont come her looking for solitude but if you like it lively Tra Beg will fit the bill. There is car parking near the beach and it appears to be both buggy and wheelchair accessible. Blue Flag beach. Directions  View Larger Map Coming from the town of Carrigart take the R246 to Downings. The beach is in the middle of the village with the car park signposted. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 2   [...]

Glencolumbkille

Glencolumbkille

Glencolumbkille August 2013 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.  View Larger Map 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   [...]

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