October 2010

Rathmullan is a wide, and often windy, expanse of sand – a good place for a swim and a bracing walk. Located in Lough Swilly, the beach here starts just at the end of the town, near to the ferry which runs across the Lough to Buncrana.

The beach stretches for a few kilometres and gets more sheltered the further away from the town you go. Toward the far end you will find rocks for shelter. The water here is fresh, but often choppy.

The entrance to the beach near the town has a car park, a children’s playground and ramp access to the sand. And, of course, there is any amount of room on the beach for children to run and play .

We think there are lifeguards here during the summer, but check with Donegal County Council to make sure.


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From Letterkenny you take the R247 which runs along the coast to Rathmullan. The main entrance to the beach is located at the end of the town. Just beyond the town, as you head for Portsalon, there is a smaller coast road from where you will find access to the more sheltered parts of the beach.

Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 2

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