Travel columnist Anna Farren heads off in search of the elusive Murder Hole Beach at Melmore Point on the Rosguill Peninsula.

Wild Atlantic Way wandering brought me on an adventure to Murder Hole Beach, just 10 minutes from Downings.

Having seen multiple photos and articles featuring Murder Hole Beach over the last few months, I made it my mission to explore and take my very own snap of what looked like a stunning beach.

Following Google Maps as far as we could reach, just 10 minutes from Downings, we were confused as to where this beach was. Lucky to find a local in the nearby holiday home park, we were directed to walk through two fields towards a gap between two hills. There, we would find the much talked about, Murder Hole Beach.

We walked with a pep in our step through fields of cows (and an apparent bull) and donkeys and all the while surrounded by what my Dad would call “a good healthy smell”, until we reached the gap between the two hills. There, we came upon a view that would take anyone’s breath away.

A hidden gem, a pocket of paradise, was beneath us. Eager to explore more, we walked down the steep hill of soft and not much walked on sand to the beach below.

The waves crashed triumphantly and the sun shone, leaving a heavenly glisten upon the sea. I very quickly decided that this was now, my most preferred beach in Donegal.

Happy to have snapped some photos and a little video over on my Instagram (click here to see), we made our return journey home.

Today, we found paradise ☀️?@johnadoherty #farrenwide ✨

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On the way, we stumbled upon the Cuan na Rí restaurant and decided to stop in for some dinner. With stunning views from this well-located restaurant, we mused over how wonderful our beloved county is.

I do hope you find the time to follow my lead and experience this little piece of heaven which so fortunately, can be found on our own Donegal doorstep. I, for one, am looking forward to returning on a summers day, with sun shining, a book and picnic in my bag, and the time to sit and enjoy what Donegal has to offer.