Following the publication last week of Trip Advisor’s Top Beaches in Ireland, we were a little disappointed to say the least that despite all the amazing beaches that we have here in County Donegal, that there wasn’t one beach featured in the article north of Galway. So we’ve decided to let you know about OUR top beaches in South Donegal!


So, without surprise, we will start here in Bundoran and at the magnificent Tullan Strand. Now surely there is some reason that this 2km long beach has been chosen for one of the 160 national Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Points? Yes, we thought so too! On this beach you can enjoy some of the best surf conditions in Europe as well as some amazing views across Donegal Bay. There’s easy parking and it’s within walking distance of the centre of town. Nearby you’ll find the Wishing Chair and Fairy Bridges.

Tullan Strand Beach Bundoran

Tullan Strand Beach Bundoran


We like to boast that we have two great beaches in Bundoran – the other being simply known as Main Beach – the one that will bring the majority of memories back to those more regular visitors and one of county Donegal’s 13 Blue Flag credited beaches from An Taisce. Main Beach Bundoran is lifeguarded from June to September and in June even has its own music festival for 3 days!

Main Beach Bundoran - one of the top beaches in South Donegal

Main Beach Bundoran – credit Hexicam Aerials


As we go north, let’s stop at the famous Rossnowlagh Beach which holds another of Donegal’s 13 Blue Flags. This beach has been a mecca for tourists for many years and if you learned to surf anywhere in South Donegal, chances are that you were brought here at some stage. Rossnowlagh is often credited with being the origin of Irish surfing with much of this credit laying at the feet of the Britton brothers who can still be seen surfing the rolling waves that the Atlantic ocean offers there – they even had a radio documentary made about them in 2014.

Rossnowlagh Beach

Rossnowlagh Beach – credit Fáilte Ireland


As Blue Flags go, Donegal has the most of any county in Ireland and you don’t have to go much further to find the next one! One of our hidden gems is Murvagh Beach, nestled between Rossnowlagh and Donegal Town – a regular haunt for walkers as well as those wanting a quiet run. This is another beach that has a championship golf course right next door too!

Murvagh Beach - credit Raymond Fogarty

Murvagh Beach – credit Raymond Fogarty



And just 40 minutes away, next to the famous fishing port of Killybegs, lies Fintra Beach – yet another proud holder of a Blue Flag. Again offering stunning views of Donegal Bay and a relaxing family day out, this off-road beach is certainly one worth visiting.

Fintra Beach

Fintra Beach – credit Aisling Murrin


We can’t let the top beaches in county Donegal go without mentioning our neighbours to the south, Mullaghmore Beach in County Sligo. Again, a regular spot for visitors and locals alike and offering top conditions for beginner surfers and also Stand Up Paddling. On this beach you are under the watchful eye of the historic Classie Bawn Castle.

Mullaghmore Beach Co Sligo - credit Failte Ireland

Mullaghmore Beach Co Sligo – credit Failte Ireland

So I think you’ll agree we have one or two nice beaches up this end of the country though maybe we should just keep them quiet so we can enjoy them for ourselves…