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A Guide To Visiting The Breath-Taking Carrickfinn Beach In Donegal

A Guide To Visiting The Breath-Taking Carrickfinn Beach In Donegal

The mighty Carrickfinn Beach is, in our opinion, one of the finest beaches in Donegal.

A stunning sandy beach, Carrickfinn has received blue flag status for the cleanliness and beauty of its sands.

Located close to Annagry, this gorgeous beach is popular with tourists and locals alike. Oh, and the world’s media, but more on that below!

Water safety warning: Understanding water safety is absolutely crucial when visiting beaches in Ireland. Please take a minute to read these water safety tips. Cheers!

About Carrickfinn Beach

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Although a visit to Carrickfinn Beach is fairly straightforward, below you’ll find some tips and tricks to make your visit that bit more enjoyable.

1. Location

The stunning Carrickfinn Beach is a beautiful sandy beach with impressive dunes situated a stone’s-throw from the little village of Annagry and right next to Donegal Airport.

2. Parking

There’s a decent-sized car park right next to the beach that, unless you’re visiting during the busier summer month, is rarely full.

3. Swimming

Carrickfinn Beach is a frequent winner of the Blue Flag award. This award is granted to beaches that are clean and that have safe water for swimming in.

Always practice common sense when swimming in any water in Ireland. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months (June to September

4. Plantlife

There are lots of machair grasslands and the area is known for the presence of many unique and rare plant types. The special displays of wild flowers in spring and summer can make for a special visit to this area.

How Carrickfinn Beach helped Donegal Airport become one of the most scenic in the world

Donegal Airport was recently voted most scenic airport in the world for the third year in a row! What is the secret behind the airport’s success?

Well, many have put it down to the fact that the near 5000 foot long runway here sits beside Carrickfinn Beach.

With exceptionally clean sand, clear waters and hundreds of tiny islets dotted offshore, the landing approach into Donegal Airport is something truly special.

So far the airport has won this prestigious prize for three years running. With such a stunning locale, we don’t see it being knocked off its perch anytime soon!

Things to do near Carrickfinn Beach

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One of the beauties of Carrickfinn Beach is that it’s a short distance away from plenty of things to see and do.

From hikes and walks to islands, historic sites and much more, below you’ll find some of our favourite places to visit nearby. 

1. Take a ferry to Arranmore Island

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Located off the West coast of Donegal, stunning Arranmore Island is a sparsely populated gem that offers spectacular scenery and a truly unique opportunity to visit a wild Atlantic island!

2. Climb the incredible Mount Errigal

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Measuring 751 metres, soaring Mount Errigal is a mystic place much revered in local mythology. For those with an adventurous spirit, climbing the highest peak in Co. Donegal is a great way to enjoy the region!

3. Visit Glenveagh Castle

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Dating back to the 19th century, the stunning Glenveagh Castle offers the visitors the chance to take a peek inside its opulent interiors and lush green grounds.

4. Explore Glenveagh National Park by foot

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Less arduous than a trek up Mount Errigal but just as beautiful, exploring gorgeous Glenveagh National Park is a great way to get among the rural beauty of Donegal.

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