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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 -


Wheelchair Accessible Beaches


13 beaches in Donegal are currently wheelchair accessible including Bundoran, Culdaff, Downings, Fintra, Lady's Bay, Lisfannon, Murvagh, Naran Portnoo, Port Arthur, Portnablagh, Rathmullan, Rossnowlagh and Stroove.


Lifeguards are employed on all Blue Flag Beaches and Rathmullan beach over the bathing season. 


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 087 2314332.  



Downings Beach in association with Downings Tidy Towns. 

Contact: 087 6152351



Contact: Donegal Airport at 074 95 48284



Contact: Shandon Hotel at 074 91 36137




Rossnowlagh Beach wheelchair is available from the Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa. Tel: +353 (0) 71 9851777 or email  [email protected]



Contact: Mary Nicholson at 074 9545216.



For all booking enquiries for Fintra Beach Wheelchair contact Kevin Kilgunn on 087 2362607.



Contact: 087 279 7479



Contact: 087 258 1160




All Terrain / Beach Wheelchairs


Donegal County Council has secured two all terrain / beach wheelchairs. They can be found at the following locations.




Buncrana Anglers Association Angling Centre



 30 Cahir O Doherty Avenue, Castle lane, Buncrana, Co Donegal 


 F93 WP78


 [email protected]

Phone number:

Club House Manager, Helen Smith 087 294 6407

BAA secretary, Cairán Fitzgerald 086 826 8652

Please only contact Cairán outside of working hours. 

Additional Information:

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 11:00am to 4:00pm





Sliabh Sneacht Centre



Drumfries, Clonmany, Co. Donegal


F93 K6PH


[email protected]

Phone number:

074 936 1742

Additional Information:

Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 5:30pm

Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm   


Chair to be booked in advance and Sliabh Sneacht Centre staff can arrange for collection and drop-off of chair outside centre opening hours. 



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