A lighthouse built in 1837 points the way to picturesque and secluded Stroove beach, tucked into a horseshoe-shaped bay on the Inishowen peninsula’s east coast. Although it’s relatively small, this Blue Flag beach is an ideal destination for a relaxing visit to the Donegal coast.
The gently sloping strand is on the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way and its safe, sheltered waters make it popular with swimmers. Walkers are attracted to the North Inishowen Natural Heritage Area close by and to the scenic paths along the rocky coastline. Hikers can enjoy the fresh air and stunning scenery, and even watch for seals and occasional porpoises that may appear off the coast.
Stroove is a few minutes’ drive from the terminal of the Scenic Lough Foyle Ferry, connecting Donegal and Magilligan Point in just 15 minutes.
While there are a few cafes, pubs and some accommodation near Stroove beach, there’s a greater choice in Greencastle (4.7 km). The Inishowen Maritime Museum and Planetarium there is well worth visiting.
Lifeguards supervise Stroove beach during July and August (12 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.) and free parking is available. Access to the beach is via a short walk from the carpark where toilets are located.