Cruit Island Beach (Traderg Strand)
Located just a stone’s throw off the west coast of Donegal is Cruit Island. Part of the Rosses region of the county the island has been joined to the mainland by a small bridge since the Second World War. The name Cruit is pronounced “Critch” and is the Gaelic word for a small hill.
The three mile length of Cruit Island is home to a number of sandy beaches, all of which are lovely. What you will find is the beaches on the east of the island, facing into Kincasslagh Bay, are sheltered while those on the west coast take the brunt of the Atlantic swells with the accompanying currents.
The east coast beaches tend to be fairly safe for swimming and are quite gently sloping compared to the beaches on the west which shelve quite steeply. We wouldn’t recommend any of the west coast beaches for swimming if there is a swell running. On calm days though the little cove in the middle of the island is the best bet.
Cruit Island’s facilities can be found at the golf club towards the northern end. Along with a car park there is a cafe and toilets. And, of course, if you fancy a round of golf you will find a 9-hole links course here too.
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Type of beach
Dogs friendly beach?
- Good fishing
- Rock pooling
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