Tucked away among the cliffs of the Inishowen Peninsula’s east coast is this gem of a beach. We would say hidden gem, as it is fairly secluded, but given Kinnagoe Bay’s abundant charms it is a fairly popular spot.
The beach is more sheltered than those on the north and west coast, and the high cliffs provide plenty of shelter from the breeze. Swimming is quite popular here, although as there is no lifeguard care should be taken.
Along with its secluded location limited parking and slightly difficult access keep the crowds away. The beach is approached via a steep, narrow road with a hairpin bend.
There is a plaque at Kinnagoe Bay commemorating the shipwreck of the Spanish galleon, La Trinidad Valencera. She sank here in 1588 whilst trying to return to Spain after defeat at the Armada. Despite 400 of here crew making it safely to shore most were massacred by the Earl of Tyrone’s militia. As a less gloomy aside, it is said the wreck is a great spot for fishing.
Type of beach
Dogs friendly beach?
Dog ban in force
- Good fishing
OS grid ref.
There is a car park at a the foot of the lane leading down to the beach. There are only around 20 parking spaces and these fill up fairly quickly during the summer.
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