Doagh Beach On The Inishowen Peninsula

The Inishowen Peninsula is Ireland’s most northerly land mass.  There you will find some of the most magnificent unspoiled scenery the island has to offer.  Today I thought I might share some photos I took of Doagh Beach, on the western coast of Inishowen.

We visited on a bright, sunny day in mid-summer 2011.  We found a secluded, unspoiled beach.

An inlet of the Atlantic ocean flows into the cove, separating this beach from Five Fingers Strand.  The view is breathtaking.

Not even a footprint marked the soft sands.

Well, not until we arrived to leave our marks,

And bounce rocks across the waters.

This is truly God’s country, hidden in an unspoiled, majestic landscape.

My kids are looking forward to their trip to Ireland next year.  They often ask if they can go back to the empty beach to throw rocks into the water.  Oh, the joys of childhood memories.

Here is the view from the opposite side of the peninsula, looking down on Five Fingers Strand and across the waters to Doagh Beach.  In typical Irish fashion the weather changed within a matter of hours.  The beautiful blue skies we experienced during our beachside escapades, had disappeared behind a curtain of gray clouds by the time we drove around the coast to the other side.

The Inishowen Peninsula may seem out of the way to many tourists, but if you love scenic driving trips, this northerly Irish headland is a must-see.

Slán agus beannacht leat!

(Goodbye and blessings)

Irish American Mom


  1. Hi Mairead

    Lovely set of photos of Doagh beach, brings back memories for me too (even though I live just down the road in Derry) – did you visit the famine village while you were there?

    • Hi Brian – We did indeed take the tour of the Famine Village while were there. It was an amazing and informative experience. When I was looking through my photos I wondered why I had so few pictures of the Famine Village, and then I remembered my triplets were just four at the time. I spent the whole tour watching them like a hawk, and saying “Don’t touch that.” My kids loved the safe house. They went in and out of the hidden rooms, over and over again. By the time we finished they were experts on all the hidden nooks and crannies. Thanks for stopping by and take care.

  2. Sometimes it’s those out of the way places that hold the best surprises — not to mention the treasured memories!

    • Cheryl – We have many treasured memories of our trips to Ireland. It is lovely for my little American kids to know where their ancestors came from, but also to experience Ireland like few tourists ever see it.
      Have a great week,

  3. Your photos are great! I agree sometimes getting off the beaten path is well worth the trip.

    • Lisa – Next time I make it home to Ireland I hope to find more of these out-of-the-way spots. I must remember to pack my camera. Most of my current photos are of Donegal and Dublin, since these are the two counties we visit most on our trips.
      Here in Kentucky, where I live, I have found many beautiful state parks and places to visit which are off the beaten track. There are hidden treasures just waiting to be explored every where.
      Take care,

  4. An area that gets very little exposure. What magical photos you have shared to remind us to go a bit further and explore a bit more:~))

    • Catherine – So true. The Inishowen Peninsula is seldom visited by American tourists. Most think of the southern parts of the island and famous tourists spots like the Ring of Kerry when planning their trips to Ireland. Getting off the beaten track can reveal some of Ireland’s hidden treasures. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  5. Hi Mairead, Ah Donegal a beautiful part of the world, I suspect you may still find a few revelers left over from the big game scattered around the area ,

    • Hi Brian – The celebrations were mighty in Donegal this week. My husband was actually home in Letterkenny for the final. He said the whole county was cheering. Donegal won the All-Ireland twenty years ago, when we got married, so I told my husband they’ll probably repeat their great feat every twenty years.
      All the best!

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