Beaches Of Donegal Youtube Slideshows

I’ve been busy recently visiting a load of beaches in Co Donegal, getting new photos of some old favourites, and photographing a few that I’ve never been to before.  I’ve decided to do a series of slideshow videos on Youtube, moving anti-clockwise around the Donegal coast from Lough Foyle to Bundoran, featuring as many beaches as possible (I would say “all” but I’m sure to have missed out a few, and definitely haven’t considered all Donegal’s islands!).  It turned out to be a fairly big task, as Donegal has more beaches than any other Irish county, and the longest coastline at approximately 1134km.

 

I thought it would be just a matter of looking through my archives as I would probably have been to every beach, having toured round Donegal extensively.  But, when I looked into it, it turns out, there are a lot of small strands I was unaware of, and there are even a few large beaches that are little visited as there is no road in.  I became aware of some of these from spotting them from high ground while hill walking, and others from the google maps satellite view.  I’ve started uploading the series now, but there will many more slideshows to come, and there are even a few beaches I still have to get to!

 

The photos here are from some of the recent trips I’ve taken over the last month or so, just to give a sample of what will appear in the slideshows, and here’s a link to my Youtube channel:

Adrian McGlynn Youtube

 

 

IMG_9405

Slievebane, or Slievebawn, on the Inishowen Peninsula.

 

IMG_9486

Slievebane, next to the pier.

 

IMG_1311

Ballyhillin Beach.  A fanstatic stony storm beach near Malin Head with the lookout tower visible on the hill.  The waves were crashing into the steeply angled beach making great swirling patterns, and causing the pebbles to rattle together making a wonderful sound.  I met a man from Alaska there, who said he had come all the way to Ireland specifically to see this beach!

 

IMG_0780

Ballyhillin Beach again.  The beach is well known for the presence of several types of semi-precious stones including cornelian, chalcedony, jasper, serpentine and agate.  Our Alaskan visitor, showing great wisdom, said he didn’t “waste time looking for the precious ones because it means I miss the pretty ones”. 

 

IMG_3425

Another stony, Inishowen beach – Binreagh Beach, on the western side of the peninsula, and also not far from Malin Head.

 

IMG_3369

High above the stunning Five Finger Strand – another Inishowen beach.

 

IMG_8920

One more Inishowen beach before I move on – Stragill, closer to the southern end of the peninsula.  As mentioned, these are just the beaches I visited in the last month or so – there are many more in Inishowen, and most if not all, will appear in the Youtube slideshows.

 

IMG_7606

On the neighbouring Fanad Peninsula now, and this is Drumnacraig Beach.  It is a secluded spot, with no one else there on this visit.

 

IMG_8126

Less than a kilometer further north on the Fanad coast is Doagh Beg beach.  I found this little hidden passage through the rock at the southern end.

 

IMG_8597

This storm beach at Ballyhoorisky in the north of the Fanad Peninsula has some fantastically shaped rocks.

 

IMG_8240

This beach has almost a kilometer of golden sand, but there is no road in, and requires a bit of a hike over hilly ground, so despite it being a beautiful day, I had the whole thing to myself!  The amazing variety of ripples and patterns in the sand were all completely footprint free – a photographer’s paradise.

 

IMG_7889

On the same beach, and if there wasn’t enough already to make a photographer happy, there is this boat wreck too!

 

IMG_8505

Over on the next peninsula for this shot, on Rosguill at Gortnalaghoge Bay, with the late evening sun picking out the ripples on the beach.

 

IMG_6503

On the other side of the Rosguill Peninsula at the Murder Hole beach on Boyeeghter Bay.

 

IMG_8635

One of the most well-known and photographed views in Ireland, looking across to Tra na Rossan Beach from the Atlantic Drive coastal route on the Rosguill Peninsula.

 

IMG_8723

Tra Mor beach, near Downings at sunset.

 

IMG_1114

Moving on from Fanad, there is a good beach beside Ards Friary, but a bit further northwest around the headland is this strand, closed in by low cliffs on each end.

 

IMG_4013-2

A big jump round the coast to west Donegal for this unnamed (as far as I could see) beach on Cruit Island.

 

IMG_4017-2

Choppy seas at the same beach on Cruit Island.

 

IMG_3111

Another beach for which I couldn’t find a name.  According to the map, it is near an area known as Arlands, which is between Kincasslagh and Burtonport.

 

IMG_3050

Only a couple of hundred metres west – yet another unnamed strand.  Only in Donegal I think, where there are so many beaches, would large, beautiful strands like this not have a name, or at least one that is not well known or marked on maps!

 

IMG_3676

The beach at Narin is well known and popular, but if you walk to the end, turn east around the corner, walking towards the Gweebarra River estuary, there is another long expanse of beach, and you will generally have the whole place to yourself.

 

IMG_4332

Narin Strand, a very popular and attractive beach.

 

IMG_4580

Another view along Narin Strand with brooding skies over Inishkeel Island.

 

IMG_2046-2

A small cove south of Tramore Strand, Rosbeg.  The white sand and blue-green water in the bright sunshine made it seem like a Pacific desert island!

 

IMG_2398

This beach at Sheskinmore is stunning, and on this visit I only met one other couple.  They were visiting after having seen the beach on the fantastic BBC television programmes Wild Ireland: The Edge Of The World, in which Colin Stafford-Johnson travels the west coast.

 

IMG_2488

Another shot on Sheskinmore Beach showing some of the magnificent sand dunes.  In the TV programme mentioned above, you could tell that despite the many stunning places he had visited on his journey, this location made a big impression on Colin.

 

I can only give a small sample of the many beaches of Donegal in one post, but I will have individual posts of many on them already, or coming in future.  If you click on the Youtube link, and subscribe, you can watch the slideshows as they are added too.

 

 

10 thoughts on “Beaches Of Donegal Youtube Slideshows

  1. These are stunning shots, Aidy. So many I’d love to visit. Love the close-up of the stones on Ballyhillin. Amazing about the Alaskan visitor. Cruit Island and Sheskinmore stand out as well and I love the shot overlooking Five Finger Strand. Great project, I enjoyed Part 1. Prettier beaches than I expected on the Lough Foyle side.

    1. Cheers Martin. The Alaskan guy was quite a character – worked out in the wilderness for years and did some gold panning for the craic sometimes. So many great beaches in Donegal – would be a great cycling holiday for you!

  2. These beautiful photographs are an incredible advertisement for an amazing area and I feel especially drawn to the pebble beaches. I love the inclusion of the YouTube slideshow, too. Thanks, Aidy.

    1. Thanks Cybele. I still have a handful of beaches still to visit – its been great visiting new ones and revisiting some I’ve already been to. Some really enjoyable days out.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s