August 2013

Narin (also called Tramore just to confuse us) is one of Donegal’s finest beaches and swimming spots, which is really saying something. This is a lovely place to swim, surf and walk.

The beach itself is long and curved with dunes at the back to give you some shelter. It can be quite windy here so windbreaks are in order if you plan to stay awhile. At low tide the beach divides in two and you can walk out to Inishkeel island. Just make sure you don’t get stranded by the incoming tide.

When we were there the tide was out and the water calm. We had a gradual wade in to lovely, clear water which was ideal for a decent swim. After our swim we had a refreshing walk down the beach and ended up getting in again as the water was so inviting.

Narin is a Blue Flag beach with lifeguards in the summer. There are toilets at the decent sized car park and a coffee shop nearby. Buggy access isn’t a problem and at the far end of the car park there is a rough ramp which a wheelchair might manage with care. Why the local authorities can’t spend a few euros to do it properly is inexplicable.

All in all Narin is highly recommended.

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Directions: From Donegal town take the N56 to Ardaragh. As you pass through Ardaragh take the R261 signposted for Portnoo and follow the signposts to the car park.

Ordnance Survey Map No. 10

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