The Buncrana Shore-Path is a traffic free walk which follows the shoreline of Lough Swilly, between Buncrana and Stragill Strand. This scenic walk will take you on a journey of discovery as you pass quiet beaches, historic fortifications and scenic viewing points.To explore the entire walk you can begin from two points, one at Stragill Strand, the other at the Buncrana Shore Front Beach, see below, located in front of a spacious car park.
Following the shore path you will arrive at Swan Park, where you will be greeted by the impressive Castle Bridge that will lead you past locally named Buncrana Castle to the ancient O’Doherty’s Keep.
Reaching this point, signage will guide you along a path directing you back to those sea views.This stretch is referred to as Father Hegartys Walk, named after Friar Seamus Hegarty, who was killed here in 1711. On a slight elevation along the route, you can view his grave.
Along the route you will discover an abundance of wildlife and panoramic sea views stretching across Lough Swilly towards the Atlantic, see above. Sights include Inch Island, Rathmullan and on a clear day the impressive Fanad Lighthouse.
Beaches you can experience along the way include, Porthaw Beach and Stragill Strand, see above. Seating is situated at intervals during the walk allowing you to rest, enjoy sea views or read a book. A “Free Wee Library” resource by the beach will encourage you to read in the crisp outdoor air.
A walk along the shore will encourage you to come back time and time again to experience breathtaking views of the coast and discover something new in this rugged and inviting landscape.