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Blue Flag Beaches

Blue Flag Beaches 







Blue Flag Beaches

Donegal has 14 Blue Flags including 12 Blue Flag beaches & 2 Blue Flag marinas at Greencastle and in Rathmullan, as well as 4 Green Coast awards.

The 12 Blue Flags beaches are at Bundoran, Rossnowlagh, Murvagh, Fintra, Narin (Portnoo), Carrickfinn, Killahoey (Dunfanaghy), Marblehill, Portsalon (Magherawarden), Shroove, Culdaff and Downings. 


Green Coasts

Four beaches have achieved Green Coast awards. They are Ballyheirnan (Fanad), Drumnatinney (Falcarragh), Magheroarty, and Dooey. This year and this award acknowledges beaches that have a clean safe environment.


Blue Flag for Greencastle & Rathmullan Marinas

Greencastle Marina is the first marina in the county to receive Blue Flag status and to attain this award the marina has had to comply with stringent criteria concerning environmental information and education, environmental management, safety and service facilities, and water quality.

 The Greencastle Marina is situated in the heart of the historic village of Greencastle and provides secure and safe berthing at the mouth of Lough Foyle, Co. Donegal. 

With two Blue Flag beaches marking the approach to Greencastle, Stroove and Benone, the Greencastle Marina is a first port of call for yachts coming from Scotland or Northern Ireland. 

Greencastle Marina is a seasonal facility, provided over the Blue Flag season and accommodates resident and visiting yachts, cruise ship tender boats visiting the locality, and occasional angling charter vessels. 

Access is fully possible for visitors of all abilities via a gangway landing. A hoist is also permanently available, as necessary, for sailors requiring assistance to/from their boats.

For further info on the Blue Flag beaches visit -



Blue Flag Beaches


Beach Wheelchairs

Donegal County Council has beach wheelchairs available for use as follows;


Rathmullan Beach

In association with Rathmullan Sailing & Watersports School (

Contact: [email protected] or phone  Aengus at 086 8123019.


Downings Beach

In association with Downings Tidy Towns Committee

Contact: 087 6152351


Carrickfinn Beach

Contact: Donegal Airport at 074 95 48284


Marblehill Beach

Contact: The Shandon Hotel - 074 91 36137


Rossnowlagh Beach

Contact:  The Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa. Tel: +353 (0) 71 9851777 or email  [email protected]


To avoid disappointment, we recommend that you book in advance. Beach wheelchairs are free of charge however Terms & Conditions apply.




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