The Carrickfinn Peninsula is a small peninsula in the Rosses area of West Donegal. On its eastern shore is Gweedore Bay with Innishfree Bay to the west. Gola Island lies off the northern coastline of the peninsula. Carrickinn and its surrounding area are part of the West Donegal Gaeltacht – Irish is spoken widely in this area with a renowned Irish colleges located in nearby Rannafast and Annagry. A number of villages are within easy driving distance of the peninsula including Annagry, Kincasslagh, Bunbeg, Derrybeg and Loughanure.
The peninsula boasts one of the finest Blue Flag Beaches in Ireland. Carrickfinn Beach is an extensive sandy beach with a good dune system. It is popular with swimmers, walkers, kayakers and kite surfers. The beach is an official Destination Point on the Wild Atlantic Way.
The smaller but more sheltered Boat Strand Beach is a picture postcard setting. There are also several other secluded sandy coves along the peninsulas coastline
Special Area of Conservation
Part of the Carrickfinn Peninsula has been designated a Special Area of Conservation and also a Natural Heritage area. This is in no small part due to the presence of to a fertile low-lying grassy plain known as a Machair or machar in Gaelic. Machairs have received considerable ecological and conservational attention, chiefly because of their unique ecosystems. They can house rare carpet flowers, such as Irish Lady’s Tresses, Orchids and Yellow Rattle, along with a diverse array of bird species including the corn crake, twite, dunlin, redshank and ringed plover, as well as rare insects such as the northern collects bee.
Donegal Airport is is less than 2 minutes drive from the holiday homes, and currently offers regular flights to and from Dublin and Glasgow (International). Within 45 minutes flying time visitors can leave city life behind to enjoy the rugged Donegal coastline, with its many pubs and restaurants offering ‘ceoil agus craic’ or simply sap up the tranquility of the surroundings and the changing mood of the Atlantic Ocean.