Day trip to Buncrana and Lough Swilly

Published on by Marlén

Buncrana is a small town located in the Inishowen peninsula, County Donegal, on the eastern shore of Lough Swilly, only about half an hour away from Derry. There are a couple of buses operating between Derry and Buncrana every day (Lough Swilly Bus Company) so why not prepare a picnic and go on a day trip to discover the gorgeous countryside which this spot has to offer?
After crossing the Castle Bridge - which itself is worth seeing it - turn left (if you stay right you will enter Swan Park, a beautiful riverside site) and take the narrow path next to the castle which will lead you a first beach. Along the walk you will have access to several beaches, so on a sunny and lovely summer day - and when you don’t mind possibly quite cold water - you could consider taking your swimwear and a towel as well.
Buncrana Shore-path is an about 2,5 km long (one way) nice, traffic-free and undulating walk along the Lough Swilly which offers unique views over the Lough Swilly, its rough coastal line and a wonderful flora (e.g. heath and gorse which is in full yellow blossom at this time of the year). There are several points of interest along the way to Stragill Strand on the other end of the shore path: Castle Bridge, Buncrana Castle, Ned’s Point Fort and Father Hegarty’s Rock.
So don’t forget your camera, a windbreaker (it can be quite windy on the beach) and some Euros (you are in the Republic of Ireland!) for a coffee, tea or ice cream and enjoy your day in Buncrana!
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