Narin / Portnoo Beach (Naran)

This expansive beach is one of the most beautiful on Ireland’s Atlantic coast. Stretching over a mile, this golden-white sand beach is backed by low dunes. Beyond these are a couple of caravan sites which have very little impact on the beach and provide a range of facilities.

As a Blue Flag beach you are assured of clean water and safe swimming within the summer months as the beach has lifeguards on duty during the summer.

The views from the beach at Portnoo are panoramic. A little way off the coast of Narin beach is the island of Inishkeel (Inis Caoil). At low tide it is possible to walk from Narin out to the island where you will find the remains of two churches. It is said the island was where the 6th century St Conall Cael founded a monastery.

The dunes along this part of the coast are designated a Natural Heritage Area (NHA) owing to the particularly diverse range of both coastal and terrestrial habitats.

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We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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Narin / Portnoo Beach Reviews

Undiscovered gem

May 17th 2022

Portnoo has a beautiful clean beach and thoroughly deserves its Blue Flag status. Amazingly, there are even better beaches nearby that remain mostly undiscovered by tourists, such as Dooey.


Apr 23rd 2022

Beautiful sandy beach, clean water, no rubbish whatsoever. Been visiting the strand since 2001 and now three generations of our family have been able to enjoy it along with our dogs. Some seaweed…. obviously, it’s the North Atlantic, be a bit weird if there wasn’t! Highly recommend. Gorgeous views.


Aug 02nd 2021

jellyfish and seaweed and dirty rubbish from BBQs


Aug 02nd 2020

Really beautiful beach. Locals are always so friendly.
Lovely town of Glenties nearby not to be missed for tasty meals & the craic. Social distancing applies.

Nicky Humphreys
Jul 14th 2020

Fantastic safe beach for swimming! Beautiful!

Narin, Portnoo, both beautiful

Jul 06th 2020

I’ve been visiting this beach since childhood and now my children love swimming there, racing round the sand dunes and walking out to Inishkeel island at low tide. The smaller Portnoo beach is gorgeous too with rocks to climb, pools to explore and the Fairy Caves.

What did we get wrong?