Best beach trails in County Donegal, Ireland

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Explore the most popular beach trails in County Donegal with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of beach trails in County Donegal, Ireland
Top trails (14)
#1 - Melmore Head Hills
Ros Goill, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 3 h 53 m
Starting and finishing point is Tra Na Rosann Hostel. From a hostel you head down to Tra Na Rosann beach. Follow up to Rossess Point (in places it is a boggy area!) From Rosses Point over looking Tra Na Rosann beach and Boyeeghter  Bay, climb up to a hill just above a hostel (don't know if it has any name, on a map it's marked as point 163 and it is a highest hill in Melmore Head). Follow a fence on my left, Tra Na Rosann beach and Tranarossan Bay on my right. From a top of the hill are magnificent panorama views of Fanad Head, Mulroy Bay, Rosguill Peninsula, Horn Head and Tory Island (distance).  From this hill above a hostel, make your way down and up again on top of Gortnalughoge (125 m) where a WW2 concrete look out tower was built. There is a lake in a L shaped - Lough Melmore. On left from this lake is a big sign "78 EIRE". It was a sign for aircrew to let them know they are entering an Irish neutral airspace ground. From here take your time and extreme care to make your way down to Boyeeghter Strand. Alternatively you can contour around and make you way down to a valley beside Lough Melmore. From here follow shores of Rinawany Point, Shanlough Point  untill you get to Melmore Hill in Melmore Bay, yet again you can see unspoiled crystal, clean beaches. Pass by Lough Beg and head from Melmore Hill to Melmore Head. On top of Melmore Head you wonderfull panorama views overlooking Tranafaghaboy Bay, a lighthouse on Fanad Head. There are ruins of an old Napoleonic watch tower built in 1800s. From here make you way back through holiday caravans park back to a hostel (main road)  OS Map No. 2 Show more
#2 - Ards Friary To Ards Forest Park
Ards Forest
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 3 h 34 m
Some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland the walk starts at Ards Friary the varied landscape includes beaches, sand dunes, cliffs, salt marshes and broadleaf woodland. Start the walk at Ards Friary (55.157857   -07.863912)Show more
#3 - Glencolumcille Tower Loop
Cill Ghabhlaigh, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 59 m
This is a beautiful cliff loop with incredible ocean views. The route begins by passing Glen Beach before ascending up to the viewpoints. The trail then veers to the right and descends back down to the town along paved roads.Show more
#4 - Donegal Bay Scenic Drive
Donegal, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 33.2 mi
Enjoy the best sights and sounds around the magnificent Donegal bay - one of the great scenic road journeys in Ireland. Using Donegal as your base, you can weave along the coast road to make your way to the wonder of nature that is the Slieve League sea cliffs walk, some 600m above the Atlantic. The Slieve League sea cliffs, along with Croaghaun down in Achill, are the two highest sea cliffs in Ireland, some three times higher than the Cliffs of Moher and with a lot less of the crowds and the hype. In short, Slieve League is possibly the best reason to come to south Donegal and will be a walk that you will savour for years to come. Show more
#5 - Rathmullan Pier and Beach Walk
Rathmullan, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
A beautiful walk along the beach at Rathmullan looking across Lough Swilly towards Buncrana and coming back through a lovely woodland. This route takes the road to get to the farther beach but if the tide is out it's just a straight walk along through the rocks you may have to scramble a bitShow more
#6 - Tratmore Strand from Horn Head Bridge
Dunfanaghy, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
#7 - Bunbeg, Maheraclogher Beach
Machaire Chlochair, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 55 m
This is an easy walk on Maheraclogher beach in Bunbeg. A small Gaeltach village Bunbeg means in Irish "a small river mouth". Bunbeg is a smallest townland in Gweedore and surely you came across its famous Eddie's Boat (a shipwreck from 1970s). Eddie's Boat (Bad Eddie in Irish) is an abandoned fishing boat. This shipwreck is well know from Irish northwest guide books and Gweedore post cards. Walk along a beach to Tramore beach and back, climb a small hill called Inishcolle. It is worth your visit! Show more
#8 - Lougheraherk to Port
Cill Ghabhlaigh, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 17 m
#9 - Ards Friary To Ards Tunnel
Ards, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 5 h 11 m
Some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland the walk starts at Ards Friary the varied landscape includes beaches, sand dunes, cliffs, salt marshes and broadleaf woodland. Show more
#10 - Creevy Shore Trail
Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
Note: Users have reported that this trail is currently closed.Show more
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