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Blueflag beaches

In the county that boasts the highest number of Blue Flag beaches and the longest coastline in the country; you are never too far from a beach. Whether your preference is the panoramic type of the small inlet cove, there are literally hundreds to explore.

Carrickfinn Blue Flag Beach

Carrickfinn Beach is an extensive sandy beach with sand dunes and is located close to the beautiful Annagry village, a Gaeltacht area where the visitor can engage in the culture and heritage of this unique region where Irish is still the main everyday language. Carrickfinn is a long stretch of white sand beach backed by extensive sand dunes. All around the bay are the characteristic machair gr…

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Culdaff Blue Flag Beach

The stunning Culdaff Beach located on the Inishowen peninsula county Donegal in the north west of Ireland. Culdaff beach consists of a sandy beach with two rock outcrops at the south-east of the beach. These are exposed at times during the tidal phase during the day. The beach is contained to the west by sand dunes and to the north-west by the Culdaff River. Culdaff beach is popular with Surfers…

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Downings Blue Flag Beach

Downings Beach is located in the village of Downings (Na Dnaibh) in the Gaeltacht area on the Rosguill Peninsula in County Donegal. Downings takes pride of place in the sheltered Sheephaven Bay that hosts a diverse range of other beaches. The beach is particularly popular with Windsurfers, providing excellent opportunities for enthusiasts at all levels. A busy beach in the peak season, perfect…

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Fintra Blue Flag Beach

Fintra (Fionntrá) Beach is located on the South West Coast of the Donegal, approximately 3 km from Killybegs. The wide, rural beach of Fintra Bay is set amongst stunning scenery a short drive from the fishing port of Killybegs on County Donegal’s south-west coast. It is approached by a steep road down to it which offers fabulous vistas of both the beach and Donegal Bay as far as Benbulben mount…

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Killahoey Blue Flag Beach

Killahoey Blue Flag Beach (Tra na Cille) is located close to the town of Dunfanaghy (Dun Fionnachaidh) on the northern coast of County Donegal. Killahoey beach consists of a sandy beach with a large inflowing estuary including a large mud flat at the east of the beach. The catchment area is an idyllic location for bird watching. It can be a windy beach due to its unsheltered location but it s…

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Marble Hill Blue Flag Beach

Marble Hill Blue Flag Beach (Cnoc an Mharmair) is located close to the village of Portnablagh (Port na Bláiche) on the northern coast of County Donegal. It is located in Sheephaven Bay. Marble Hill beach consists of a sandy beach with two rock outcrops at the east of the beach. The beach is located in a rural area, rich in wildlife. The sand dunes that surround the beach are a great place for …

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Murvagh Blue Flag Beach

Murvagh (Murbhach) Blue Flag Beach is located close to the village of Laghey on the south western coast of County Donegal. Murvagh Beach is a long shallow beach. Behind the beach are sand dunes, designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), and beyond them lies the lovely Murvagh Forest, which has trails. This makes it an excellent destination for walking and exploring on a family day out…

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Narin/Portnoo Blue Flag Beach

Naran (Phort Nua) Blue Flag Beach Narin is a sheltered cove beach approximately 2km long on the Atlantic coast of Ireland. Approximately 2km from Portnoo, 8km from Ardara or 10km from Glenties this impressive Blue Flag beach has safe waters for bathing and is attended by a lifeguard during the summer months. There are toilet facilities near the beach with ample parking also available. Local …

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Portsalon Blue Flag Beach

Portsalon Beach A very extensive sandy beach located on the western side of Lough Swilly between Rathmullan and Fanad Head and has fabulous views towards the Inishowen Peninsula. The best views can be best seen from the viewpoint on the Knockalla coast drive. It gently slopes towards the Atlantic ocean and is located in a Natural Habitat Area. The beach at Portsalon can be reached by travelli…

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Rossnowlagh Blue Flag Beach

Rossnowlagh (Ros Neamhlach) Beach is located on the South Coast of Donegal, approximately 6 km from Ballintra and Ballyshannon and approximately 8 kilometres south of Donegal Town, County Donegal. Rossnowlagh Beach stretches from the cliffs at Coolmore in the south, to the rock outcrop at Carrickfad and is renowned as one of Irelands main surfing beaches. Rossnowlagh beach has soft, golden…

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Stroove Blue Flag Beach

Stroove (An tSrúibh) Blue Flag Beach The lovely Stroove Beach is located on the east coast of the Inishowen peninsula a few miles north of the village of Greencastle, north county Donegal, Ireland. It is located off the R238 road and is adjacent to two Lighthouses. It is a relatively small beach and is located close to the North Inishowen Natural Heritage Area. A great beach for a family …

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