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Culdaff Beach

Culdaff’s beautiful and unspoilt Blue Flag beach lies midway along the northeast coast of Donegal’s Inishowen peninsula. Its Atlantic waves and flat golden sands make it popular for swimming, walking and increasingly for water sports, especially surfing.

Rocky outcrops divide Culdaff into two distinct areas: the ‘small beach’ and the ‘big beach’, with most of the activity concentrated on the eastern side of the main part. Surfing is best along the eastern shore in southwesterly winds, and is suitable for all skill levels.  Bunagee at the northern end of the beach is a centre for angling and water sports. Visitors who just want to sit back and relax, can shelter in the dunes besides the rocks and enjoy the stunning scenery.

In hot sunny weather, Culdaff can be busy but never crowded. Much of the year, it’s empty and ideal for long, invigorating walks. The area’s coastal habitats are protected and designated as a Special Area for Conservation.

There’s a car park, picnic benches and children’s play area close to the beach with a walkway leading onto the sand. Lifeguard cover is provided during the summer months. There are no toilets but the picturesque village of Culdaff is just metres away with a hotel, pubs and supermarket.

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