Best beaches in County Donegal

Below are a list of the top 10 beaches in County Donegal as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in County Donegal is Narin / Portnoo. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in County Donegal just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

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    1. Narin / Portnoo Beach

    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…

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    2. Ballymastocker Bay

    Located on the western shores of the deep inlet of Lough Swilly is the spectacular expanse of Ballymastocker Bay. As well as being a winner of the Blue Flag award Ballymastocker was also once voted "second most beautiful beach in the world"…

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    3. Fintra Bay

    The wide, rural beach of Fintra Bay is set amongst stunning scenery a short drive from the fishing port of Killybegs on County Donegal’s south-west coast. The sandy beach is backed by dunes and grassy hills and provides a vast open space…

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    4. Rossnowlagh Beach

    Rossnowlagh in South West Donegal has a wide, sandy, Blue Flag beach which stretches about 4km (2.5 miles) in length. The beach faces west and has spectacular views over Donegal Bay towards the sea cliffs at Slieve League and out into…

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    5. Marble Hill Beach

    Marble Hill is a vast beach located in Sheephaven Bay on the north coast of County Donegal. Positioned well within the bay and in the middle of two headlands, Marble Hill sits in a very sheltered location, making the water relatively calm…

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    6. Carrickfinn Beach

    Carrickfinn beach is situated in the beautiful Gweedore Bay right behind the little Donegal Airport. Besides this the beach has the feeling of being a long way from anywhere. Carrickfinn is a long stretch of white sand beach backed by…

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    7. Culdaff Bay

    Culdaff Bay lies on the Inishowen peninsula, at the northern tip of County Donegal. The beautiful sandy beach is composed of two distinct areas, the "small beach" and the "big beach", which are separated by rocky headlands of Black Rock.…

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    8. Downings Beach

    Downings beach is located in front of the village of Downings (Na Dnaibh) on Donegal's Rosguill Peninsula. Facing into the sheltered waters of Sheephaven Bay this is a relatively safe spot for swimming and other water-sports. As a Blue…

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    9. Murvagh Beach

    Murvagh is a clean, sandy beach, about four and a half kilometres long, on the west coast of County Donegal. The beach, which has been awarded Blue Flag status, is backed by sand dunes, which are designated as a Special Area of Conservation…

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    10. Lisfannon Beach

    Lisfannon is a sandy beach located on the bay of Lough Swilly, near the village of Fahan. It forms part of a Natural Heritage Area, which is an important wetland home for many species of water birds. The beach has Blue Flag status and…

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