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Nestled on the western shore of Lough Swilly in Donegal, Rathmullan is a seaside village famous for its wonderful, 3km, tree-lined, sandy beach. The village has a large pier and marina making it a popular spot for watersports and fishing.
Rathmullan Regatta takes place on the first Monday of August every year. As well as sailing races, other activities include a fancy dress parade.
Based on Lough Swilly, the not-for-profit, community-based Rathmullan Sailing and Watersports School focuses on helping people to have fun in safety in this ideal environment for water sports. Kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, powerboating, sea angling, and diving are all catered for on this long, sheltered finger of water wedged between Inishowen and Fanad, two beautifully wild peninsulas on Donegal’s northern coast.
Rathmullan Charters specialize in wreck, reef, tope, and shark fishing. Abundant pollack, coalfish, cod, haddock, whiting and thornback ray await the angler. Lough Swilly is acclaimed for its hard-fighting tope, which run the lough from May and average between 30 and 40 lbs.
Rathmullan Charters also operate tours of Lough Swilly, a magnificent setting that offers a wealth of attractions, historical sites, opportunities for bird and seal watching, as well as relaxing evening cruises. Sites visited include Fanad head lighthouse, Knockalla caves and McCamish fort. Day trips also take in Tory island, a unique offshore island with some rare bird life and great views of the mainland.
Rathmullan’s Golden Sands Equestrian Centre brings horse riding enthusiasts around one of Ireland’s most beautiful and pristine regions. The experienced guides will bring you to quiet roads, country lanes, and the wonderful beaches around this area.
Batts Walk is a delightful tree-lined walk along Rathmullan beach that offers some lovely views along easy terrain. Named after the former owners of Rathmullan, the walk leads from the beach to the village. Keep an eye out for the famous wishing well and rope swing as you walk, Legend has it that this route is populated by several ghosts, so beware if you walk it at night!
Otway Golf Club is a short parkland course with holes ranging from short par fours to tricky par threes. Established in 1893, it is among the five oldest golf courses in Ireland. It offers spectacular panoramic views over Lough Swilly, with the glorious Inishowen hills providing a backdrop for your round. Green fees are highly affordable, and there is a small clubhouse with changing facilities and a bar.
Donegal is a haven for surfers, and Adventure One surf school is the top ISA (Irish Surfing Association) approved school on the north coast of the county. It is located on Ballyhiernan Bay, Fanad, Co. Donegal, and run by Iain Gilmour, a veteran with more than 25 years surfing experience who has reached national finals in Ireland and the Channel Islands.
The Inis Eoghain Cycle Way is a 55km circular cycle route connecting Lough Swilly in Donegal to the River Foyle. More than one third of the route is traffic-free, passing along the Foyle Valley, near Derry City Centre and continuing under the magnificent Foyle Bridge before heading through Ballyarnett Country Park. The route begins to climb to An Grianán Aileach with spectacular views over Lough Swilly, Inch Island, the Inis Eoghain Peninsula and south towards the Sperrin Mountains.
Rathmullan Community Festival is a family-focused celebration that gives locals and visitors alike an opportunity for great music, events, and craic. Held on the August bank holiday weekend, it caters for all ages and activity levels.
5.5km from Rathmullan
You're less than 2km from the picturesque village of Rathmullen, County Donegal, when you stay at this superb 4-star holiday home. The detached holiday home contains four spacious bedrooms, with an ensuite master bedroom upstairs.
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