With a coastline of 1235 km/772 miles, County Donegal is blessed with many beautiful sandy beaches, twelve of which are Blue Flag Beaches.
To be given Blue Flag status a beach must have a high standard in water quality, enivornmental management, environmental education and information, and safety and services.
From the Donegal County Council website: "During the Blue Flag season the water samples must be tested at least fortnightly and analysed for fecal and total coliform and fecal streptococci. It is important that adequate litter bins, toilet facilities and first aid are available. Environmental management states that the beach and its hinterland must comply with development plans and planning laws. There should be no industrial or sewage discharges into the water. The beach should be supplied with adequate safety equipment and lifeguards if deemed necessary."
Whilst many of our Donegal beaches offer safe swimming and shallow bays, visitors should be aware that not all our beaches have lifeguards and so care should be taken about the safety of all beaches prior to swimming. A number of beaches riptides which can be extremely dangerous. Often there are signs on beaches with warnings but it is usually much better to check locally on the safety of a particular beach.
The road signs indicating a beach will have the word "Tra" which is the Irish for beach.
The beaches underlined below are now ready to view so just click on the name of the beach. The other beaches will be added in due course.
~ ~ Ballymastocker Bay, Fanad ~ Named as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. ~ Ballyness Beach, Falcarragh ~ Buncrana ~ Bundoran ~ Coral Beach, St. John's Point near Dunkineely ~ Dooey Beach, near Lettermacaward ~ Downings Beach ~ Fintra Beach, near Killybegs ~ Five Fingers Strand, Inishowen ~ the largest sand dunnes in Europe can be seen here ~ Kincasslagh Beach ~ Kinnagoe Bay, Inishowen ~ one of the Spanish Armada fleet went down here in 1588 ~ Magheroarty Beach ~ One of the Tory Island ferries leaves from the pier at Magheroarty ~ Murvagh Beach, near Donegal Town ~ Pollan Bay, Ballylifin, Inishowen ~ Rossnowlagh Beach ~ Tra na Rossan Beach, Downings
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