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Best location for toddlers in South or West Donegal

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Best location for toddlers in South or West Donegal

Folks, looking to spend first week in Sep in Donegal, with our two toddlers aged 3 and 4. Travelling from Cork via Clare, so don’t really want to go all the way to the Inishowen. Never beent o Donegal so any recommendations for location - seeking self-catered holiday home or cottage. Beaches nearby also (I'm an optimist!)

Edited: 25 July 2011, 07:06
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1. Re: Best location for toddlers in South or West Donegal

You will be spoilt for choice for beaches in west / south west Donegal. My personal favourite is Maghera beach near Ardara. It is truly huge and generally nearly empty. You might have to pay a couple of euro for parking depending on whether the landowner is around. There's caves to explore and miles and miles of flat white sandy beach. Great for ball playing and running around to tire yourself (and your toddlers!) out.

Also Tramore near Rosbeg. From Ardara head towards Portnoo. Then follow the signs off to the left for Rosbeg/ Santa Ana Drive. Along this road (a few miles) you will see another little road off to the left with a sign for a caravan park. Park on the grassy verge at the end of this road and walk through the dunes to another flat, fabulous beach. Rocks with pools, dunes and lots of shells add to the interest.

Narin strand beside Portnoo - again follow the signs from Ardara. Great expanse of beach and when the tide's out cross over to the little island. Explore the old church and see the gravestones featuring ancient inscriptions including skull and crossbones.

Fintra strand is on the road between Kilcar and Killybegs. Loads of sand, and look out for the wild rabbits nearby.

If looking for self catering, why not try tripadvisor rentals? (see "holiday rentals" tab on LHS of page). A great range of property to rent with tripadvisor-style reviews so you can get a feel for the property before you go. There are some lovely looking little cottages on there.

Have a brilliant time!

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