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Address: Dunree, Buncrana, Ireland
Phone Number: 353-77-20020
10:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 6:00 pm

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Beautiful beach with close to white sands and clear water in Ireland! It was cold when we traveled to this beach but it was still a stunning sight to see. I could imagine this... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed today
James W
Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Beautiful beach with close to white sands and clear water in Ireland! It was cold when we traveled to this beach but it was still a stunning sight to see. I could imagine this beach being very popular on a nice sunny day. A must see if you go up north in County Donegal.

Thank James W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Dunree bay is where the old fort is on dunree hill between it and the Uris hills in the background.The fort goes back to napoleon times with major fortifications in preparation for World War One before the Republic of Ireland partitioned .The bay is in full splendour from the dunree hill which has nice walks around giving great views over... More 

Thank peter h
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

The locals call this beach 'Portban' Truly a little piece of heaven on earth! Very long and quiet beach, often we had the whole place to ourselves including at sunset when the sun sets out over the bay, beautiful. Beach is accessible by walking along a fence from the parking lot and coming over the sand dunes.

Thank mom616
ballymena n . ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

The walk from Buncrana to Dunree Bay is a very pleasant , scenic even path. It is a much used walk by locals and visitors alike. Makes for a lovely walk , with a lovely Dundee beach .

Thank jcksj752
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely clean beech virtually no one on it it's safe to swim or paddle but I was told around the opening of the bay was dangerous very family friendly !!

Thank karen k
London, United Kingdom
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158 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2015

Nice town able to get presents for grandchildren. Went on Waterbus tour. Excellent. There was a member of staff who narrated through out telling some amusing tales . Towards the end he sang songs we were told later that he had actually been with a professional group .

Thank mariaalmeida186338
Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2015

This beach is a quiet beach 6 miles from Buncrana and just below Fort Dunree on the hill above. This is an under-rated beach,but also very popular amongst locals and Derry people. Worth a visit, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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Wicklow, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2015

There are so many of these beautifully quiet and deserted beaches dotted along the bays and inlets of Donegal that it's like reviewing all of nature. Some of them are not even accessible but can be viewed like this one from the top of a heather-covered cliff. Magherawarden at Portsalon on the other side of Lough Swilly is even bigger,... More 

Thank 753John
Fermanagh, N. Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2015

If you have any interest in military architecture, ancient or early 20th century then this is the place to go. Nice old style fort and more modern gun emplacements, in a wild and rugged location with beautiful sea views to boot. A must see!

Thank PartimeHolidaymaker
Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2014

We were amazed at the sheer size of the Fort, which is quite deceiving as you approach it. What a beautiful spot the fort is in – the scenery is absolutely breath-taking. Even if you’re not particularly interested in history (whether that be military or otherwise) this place is definitely worth a visit. You take the tour of the small... More 

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