Blessed with an unforgettable coastline, County Donegal is the ideal holiday destination for mums, dads and children who love getting sand between their toes. There are beautiful beaches dotted all over the area and whether you simply like building sandcastles or hitting the surf, you are guaranteed to find one that fits the bill perfectly.
Many of the beaches in Donegal hold a coveted Blue Flag, indicating that they meet stringent standards when it comes to cleanliness and safety. You can also rest assured that, no matter what your budget or tastes might be, you will have no problem finding a great place to stay. All the best beaches are close to towns and villages offering a wide selection of hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts and holiday homes.
Some of Donegal’s best beaches are clustered around the Rosguill Peninsula, a rugged area which can be best explored by driving, cycling or even walking the nine-mile Atlantic Drive, a waymarked loop of minor roads which is signposted from the village of Carrigart.
Hotels Close to Carrigart Beach
Carrigart, on the R245 between Letterkenny and Creeslough, is located at the base of the Rosguill Peninsula, in a remote but very scenic part of the county. The village serves a large hinterland and has plenty of facilities, including accommodation for visitors.
It is a popular tourist spot during the summer and has a large number of holiday homes owned by holidaymakers from Northern Ireland. They are attracted by the village’s fabulous beach, which is a great spot for families looking for somewhere safe to relax and enjoy a paddle, but with the comfort of having civilisation close to hand.
Hotels Around the Rosguill Peninsula
Projecting out into the Atlantic between Sheephaven and Mulroy Bay, Rosguill boasts some of the most spectacular views in all of Ireland and offers families some great opportunities to try out a whole host of fun-filled, water-based activities.
The pretty fishing village of Downings, just under three miles from Carrigart, is home to yet another fabulous beach where you can try your hand at sailing, windsurfing and other watersports. You can also charter boats for coastal sightseeing and deep-sea fishing.
Carrigart is home to the Mevagh Dive Centre and the Blue Flag beach of Marble Hill, set in beautiful Sheephaven Bay, is nearby. Water and land-based activities are on offer at Gartan Outdoor Education Centre and there are lots of offshore islands worth visiting - Tory, Arranmore and Gola can all be accessed from harbours in west Donegal.
If you like walking and want to get close to nature check out Glenveagh National Park, home to a castle with world famous gardens, and Ards Forest Park, which is great for children.
The Rosguill Peninsula is a beautiful area to explore and there are lots of places to look at when you are searching for somewhere to stay. Hotels, guesthouses, hostels and bed and breakfasts to suit all tastes and budgets can be found in locations like Carrigart, Rosapenna and Downings.