This is regarded by many as the most scenic and dramatic beach in the Northwest. Awarded with the prestigious ‘Blue Flag’ for cleanliness and stretching about 2,5 miles long the beach is popular with walkers, horse riders, surfers, wind-surfers, kite-surfers and swimmers. Rossnowlagh Strand is also a an excellent location for beach casting; the species you can expect to hook include: flounder, plaice, dog fish and sea bass.
Rossnowlagh is one of Ireland's and Europe's best Blue Flag surfing beaches. As the slowly rising beach faces westward into the Atlantic Ocean, and the fact that Donegal Bay has a funnel-like shape, it can increase the size of the waves, especially in winter when some huge rollers are generated and it has been known to have waves up to 7 metres (20 ft) high. Rossnowlagh has good safe facilities and has excellent water quality. Drivers are cautioned however to be aware of soft sand areas where cars can get stuck and to be aware of incoming tides which can move in rapidly and cover most/all of the beach. There may be a Beach Warden on duty and information about high and low tides may be displayed.
Only a 5 minutes car drive, this is a long sandy beach that stretches about 2kms along the bay. The incoming tide has to travel over 1 km of hot sand in the summer. This means the water is generally warm and pleasant to swim in. Swimming for adults is really only one hour each side of high tide. At all other times the water is only a meter deep as it lies on a long flat plateau of sand banks.
An extensive sandy beach, it is calm and sheltered. The extensive dune system in this area is a designated Special Area of Conservation.
Murvagh beach is situated on the south coast of Donegal and is located off the N15 south of Donegal town. It is an ideal place throughout the year for beach-walking and jogging and is surrounded on one side with sand dunes that can also be walked in. Take a right turn for Murvagh village and the road takes you down to a forest, drive through a small wooded area and Murvagh car park is at the end of this road.
The beach is flanked by sand dunes on its lee ward side. These dunes lead in to Murvagh forest which has many little clearings and picnic tables. There are many open spaces in the forest and the dunes, making it suitable for ball games etc. Parking facilities are excellent with one very large car park and many smaller areas along the beach front.
This is a Blue Flag Beach and is located approx. 250m north of Bundoran town's main street. Bundoran is a 15 minutes dar drive from Coolmore Manor House. This is a resort town which includes Waterworld and a funfair. It is a sandy beach facing Donegal Bay and the Atlantic bounded on the North and South by rocks and on the east by the promenade roadway. It is popular with surfers.
This is a beautiful long beach with endless sand dunes. If you follow the beach it will go around into the Ballyshannon estuary.