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Current Bathing Advisory Notices


No Bathing Advisory notices currently in place.


Regulation & Control of Certain Beaches Amendment 2022


2022 Beach Bye-Laws Amendment

2009 Beach Bye-Laws

Map of blue flag areas on each beach



Donegal Secures 14 Blue Flags and 4 Green Coast Awards

Donegal County Council welcomes the announcement that the County has the second highest tally of Blue Flag beaches in the country.  An Taisce announced that 12 beaches and 2 marinas in the county are receiving Blue Flags.  These international awards recognise excellent bathing water quality and promote sound environmental management of beaches, marinas and inland bathing waters around the world.

Beaches in Donegal which received Blue Flags are Bundoran, Rossnowlagh, Murvagh, Fintra, Portnoo/Narin, Carrickfinn, Killahoey, Marblehill, Downings, Portsalon, Culdaff, Stroove, in addition to marinas at Greencastle and Rathmullan.

In addition beaches at Dooey, Magheroarty, Drumatinney and Ballyheirnan have all received Green Coast awards in 2022.

Donegal County Council encourages the public to enjoy our award winning beaches in a safe and sustainable manner.  Beach users are also reminded to take care in or on the water and take note of water safety precautions.  The public are also asked to leave no trace on our beaches, other than footsteps.  If bins are provided dispose of your waste in a bin otherwise please take your waste with you to dispose of it in a responsible manner.

In welcoming the announcement Chief Executive of Donegal County Council John McLaughlin acknowledged that it is extremely important for the county that it receives this international recognition for our beaches and he underlined the role that they play in the county’s economy. He commended the role played by local communities working alongside Donegal County Council in ensuring that the county secured these awards.  Donegal’s world class beaches along with its spectacular scenery and friendly welcome make it a great place to live, work and visit.

Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Jack Murray is also delighted with the announcement noting that for the third year in a row that Donegal has secured fourteen Blue Flags and 4 Green Coast Awards.  He said that she is looking forward to seeing both visitors to the county and the Donegal public enjoying our beaches this summer as well as all the other fabulous amenities that Donegal has to offer.


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.


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.



For all bookings for the Bundoran Beach Wheelchair contact 087 1237779.


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


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




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