Portsalon Harbour

by | 5 Jul 2019 | Donegal

August 2017

Portsalon beach and harbour are a perfect combination. While the beach is wide and sometimes wild, the harbour is sheltered and small. It’s a perfect place for young children to splash, swim and play.

The beach itself is small, protected on one side by the harbour pier and by rocks on the other. There are also various nooks for shelter. Older children, supervised of course, can do their jumps from the pier while smaller ones can splash in the shallow waters. There is a gradual wade in and the water is clear and inviting. Decent swimmers can swim across to the harbour steps while others can just enjoy the soft clear sea and look across at the magnificent Portsalon beach.

To add to the harbour’s attractions, right behind it are a pub, shop and restaurant, with the shop hiring out various pleasure craft. Porstalon Harbour is an ideal place to spend a day. We had lovely sunshine when we visited, but bring your wetsuit just in case.


From Letterkenny take the R245 to Ramelton and onto Milford. From Milford take the R246 to Porstalon . At the Portsalon crossroads take the right turn to the harbour and follow the road to the carpark. The carpark is small and must get crowded on sunny days. There is a ramp which allows wheelchair access. OSI Map No. 2

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