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Introducing Portsalon & Fanad Head

A spectacular rollercoaster of a road hugs the sea cliffs from Rathmullan to Portsalon, passing the early 19th-century Knockalla Fort, one of six built to defend against a possible French invasion – the history is told at its companion, Fort Dunree across the lough.

Once named the second most beautiful beach in the world by British newspaper the Observer, the tawny-coloured Blue Flag beach of Ballymastocker Bay, which is safe for swimming, is the principal draw of tiny Portsalon (Port an tSalainn). For golfers, however, the main attraction is the marvellously scenic Portsalon Golf Club.

From Portsalon it's another 8km to the lighthouse on the rocky tip of Fanad Head, the best part of which is the scenic drive there.