Two breathtaking beaches in Donegal have earned a place on the Lonely Planet’s list of Top Ten beaches in Ireland.
Both Ballymastocker Bay in Portsalon and Trá Mór in Dunfanaghy have made the list for 2021.
The travel publisher chose eight out of 10 beaches on Ireland’s west coast, saying that the wild western coastline is best.
Well-known travel writer Fionn Davenport described Ireland’s coastline as “a beachgoer’s paradise”.
Ballymastocker Bay is already a very well-known beach around the globe after it was voted the second most beautiful beach in the world by Observer newspaper readers.
The arrival of Dunfanaghy beach Trá Mór onto the list could increase footfall to the hidden gem, which lies 15 minutes away from the nearest road.
Davenport wrote: “It takes a bit of effort to get there: from the arched bridge at the end of the inlet that marks the end of Killihoey Beach (another looker) you have to clamber through the wind-blown grassy dunes for about 15 minutes, but your reward is a two-kilometer curve so isolated and beautiful that you’ll instinctively want to keep the secret all to yourself. And, on most days bar the warmest, you can.”
With Ireland still in lockdown and overseas travel still not happening, staycationing on Donegal’s beaches will be top of the public’s plans.
Here is the full list of Ireland’s best beaches, as chosen by Lonely Planet:
Dog’s Bay/Gurteen Bay, Co Galway
Trá Mór, Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal
Keem Bay, Achill, Co Mayo
Streedagh Strand, Co Sligo
Inch Strand, Co Kerry
Banna Strand, Co Kerry
Trawmore Bay, Achill Island, Co Mayo
Ballyquin Beach, Ardmore, Co Waterford
Ballymastocker Bay, Co Donegal
Killiney Beach, Co Dublin