Guide to Tullagh Strand & Bay, County Donegal, Ireland

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Tullagh Strand is a hidden gem of a beach that encircles the horseshoe-shaped Tullagh Bay on Inishowen peninsula in County Donegal, Ireland. This is just the place to take a long walk and it will do your soul good! Anticipate crisp clear waters (on a mild day) and soft, golden sand. Sounds like a bit of a paradise, because it is!

I had stayed overnight at Binion Bay campsite which is close by. I picked a bit of a foolish route to reach the strand across some boggy land, but I’m happy to share with you much clearer information about where it’s best to park and enjoy the views across Tullagh Bay.

Tullagh Strand, Ireland

Tullagh Strand, Inishowen

Tullagh Strand, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Coordinates: 55.28365, -7.44897

Horseshoe-shaped bay & strand

Hard to navigate for a wheelchair user

All year round

Light-Medium Hikes
Amazing Views
Swimming
Fishing in area

What is it?

Tullagh Strand is a horseshoe-shaped beach on a unique section of coastline known for its golden sands. It’s perfect for long walks and swimmers will enjoy the crisp waters of Tullagh Bay when the tide is in. However, be extra careful with unpredictable currents or if the tide is out. Enjoy a walk towards the rocks at the bottom end of the beach.

How to get to Tullagh Strand

It’s very easy to reach Tullagh Strand from nearby Clonmany Village, which is about 3km away. Take the road (Riverside Park) out of Clonmany until you reach the car park at Tullagh Strand.

Parking and Facilities

There’s a substantial grassy car park at Tullagh Strand and you can access the beach itself across a sandy path. There are no additional facilities (cafe or toilets) on the beach.

How to visit Tullagh Strand

It’s easiest to visit Tullagh Strand if you’re self-driving (as a tourist). The alternative is to take a private tour of County Donegal and to specify with your tour company that you’d like to visit Tullagh Bay.

From your hotel – Donegal Day Tour: Coast & Castles

7-8 hours, accredited driver-guide, customisable itinerary to include Fanad Head Lighthouse, Doe Castle, Glenveagh National Park and more. You can add Tullagh Strand to your plans.

From your hotel – Private Fanad Lighthouse & Doe Castle Tour

7-8 hours, price includes 7 people to both locations, but fully customisable.

How I went the wrong way!

Tullagh Strand wetlands
Photo by Patrick Hughes: Getting lost near Tullagh Strand in wetlands

On the “unofficial path” between Binion Bay Caravan Park and Tullagh Strand, I had a couple of encounters with some mud holes produced by cows stomping in boggy ground, I did make it to the strand, which was crisscrossed by streams making their way to the Atlantic Ocean. There were very few people around and I had this entire section of the beach to myself.

big sky above Tullagh Strand
Photo by Patrick Hughes: the big sky above Tullagh Strand

The only sign of human activity was this abandoned lobster pot, which had snagged on a gorse (or whin) bush to one side of the beach head.

A lobster basket at Tullagh Strand
Photo by Patrick Hughes: A lobster basket

I was there not only to take some photographs and contemplate the wildness of the Atlantic Ocean, but I did have my little DJI Drone with me (click here to see the one I use) to take some aerial video.

Patrick using a drone at Tullagh Beach
Photo by Patrick Hughes: Patrick uses a drone

One of the great joys of County Donegal is its fantastic beaches, which often have just a few people on them enjoying a dog walk or the stunning views. Tullagh Strand might be a lesser-known location beyond local people or some Irish visitors, but it merits a stop off to stretch your legs on this part of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Insider Tips

  • The sandy terrain might be a bit difficult for those with buggies or using wheelchairs.
  • Fishing is possible in this area. Beach fishers may find flounder or whiting in these waters.
  • Depending on the time of year, there can be horse riding along Tullagh Strand.

I'm Patrick, your Irish guide to the skies and beyond. With 58 countries visited, my journeys have taken me from busy economy to fabulous first-class.

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