A little bit off the beaten track but well worth the diversion. Magheraroarty is a wide and wild expanse of beach and , on the sunny day we were there, the water was a lovely turquoise colour. The beach, although open, is sheltered by the pier at one end where the ferry to Tory island departs.
There was a gradual wade in, although it was quite bumpy and uneven underfoot. The water was clear and the view across to nearby Inishbofin island impressive. If you plan to stay bring your windbreak , although you will get shelter from the dunes at the back of the beach.
Magheraroarty has a large stony car park but, yet again, there is no wheelchair access.
Directions: From Letterkenny take the N56 to Gortahork. After you pass through the village watch for a right turn onto the R257 signposted for Maghaire Ui Robartaigh. Follow this road along the coast for about 6 kilometres until you come to a right turn signposted for the ferry and the beach.
Ordnance Survey Map No. 1