Tramore strand is a bit of a hidden gem in Loughros Bay, Co. Donegal. The long sandy beach, (Tramore means big beach in Irish) is one of the best and most scenic in Donegal. We used to go there on holiday for a week every Summer as a child, courtesy of some family friends who had a caravan on the nearby campsite. It remains one of my favourite places. Apart from the beach itself, there are great walks over the headlands either side. To the South there are great views towards Ardara, Maghera, Slievetooey Mountain and Tormore Island. To the North, is Rosbeg harbour and Dawros Head. There used to be a cave at this end of the beach too, but it is now completely filled with sand. Behind the beach are a series of huge sand dunes that provided hours of fun as children. We used to see lizards there often. The beach has numerous rock pools to explore, and some pools in the sand at the foot of the rocks were big enough for me to be able to learn to swim in. Caution should be used in the water at the beach however, as it is fully exposed to the Atlantic, and there can be currents, and sometimes a very strong undertow.
Looking towards Maghera, Slievtooey and Tormore Island on an overcast day.
Rosbeg harbour in stormy weather.
Looking across the headland on the southern side of the beach towards Ardara
View of the beach from the southern headland.
Looking across to Maghera.
Towards Slievetooey and Tormore Island.
The remains of a stone wall drawing the eye inland towards the distant Bluestack Mountains.
Six-spot Burnet Moths
The huge sand dunes behind the beach.
Some shots taken on the beach over a few Summer days.
The rocks at the ends of the beach are good for close-ups and views of the twisted shapes they have assumed, many of them covered in mussels.
More Summery views of the beach.
Banded patterns in the rocks.
A final shot of some great cloud formations.