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Outdoor Activities

Bucket & Spade Day - Bundoran Beach is a sandy beach facing Donegal Bay and the Atlantic. With Bundoran’s main street only 250 metres away, there are lots of activities to get involved in and many amenities within walking distance, including cafes and restaurants. This beach has received the International Blue Flag award for 2014. Tullan Strand - the approach road, offers panoramic views over Donegal Bay before providing elevated views over the Tullan Strand, one of Donegal's renowned surf beaches. The beach possesses an extensive network of sand dunes and is framed by a scenic back drop provided by the Sligo-Leitrim Mountains.

 Golf - Bundoran Golf Club dates back to 1894 and is a Championship 18 hole Golf Course. Presenting a challenging par 70, the course sweeps along the coastline with a mixture of dunes and undulating terrain.

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Bundoran’s, 18 hole, championship course is a fine coastal course, which annually hosts two International competitions and a renowned Summer Open.

Bundoran Championship Golf Club Phone: 00353 071 98 41302 or Web: www.bundorangolfclub.com

Surfing - Bundoran – Ireland’s Surf Capital!! 

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Surfing has become synonymous with Bundoran in the past number of years. Its growing popularity has helped to extend the normal Easter to September holiday season to all year round as surfers travel from all over the country and all over the world to experience the diverse natural amenities that Ireland’s Premier Seaside Resort has to offer. Any weekend in any month, be it the middle of summer or the dead of winter, you’ll generally find somewhere to go surfing in Bundoran or its surrounds with countless beach and reef breaks to be found in close proximity.

There are a number of surf schools locally.

www.SurfWorld.ie   www.BundoranSurfco.com  

Angling - Sea Angling - Donegal Bay has somewhere in the region of 30 different species of fish and It is not unusual for a day’s fishing to produce at least 5 or more species. A big attraction in recent years is the presence of Tuna in the Bay. Most common species available are; Mackeral, Pollock, Pouting, Conger, Shark, Wrasse, Ling, Ray, Coalfish, Fluke, Flounder, Plaice. Everything considered a good days sea angling is almost guaranteed.

Game Angling -From Lough Melvin, which lies between Leitrim, Fermanagh and Donegal, you will find one of the finest lakes in the North West. This lake produces four different trout species, namely; Brown, Feroux, Gillaroo and Sonaghan trout, it also gets a very good run of Salmon and Grilse. From the Melvin the River Drowes rises and finally flows into Donegal Bay at Tullaghan. The Drowes traditionally produces the first caught Salmon in Ireland on New Year’s day each year. This is an excellent Salmon/Grilse river. The Duff River, which borders Sligo and Leitrim, on the N15, opens on May 1st each year and is also an excellent and very popular Salmon/Grilse river. From Salmon to Sea Trout on the Erne Estuary at Ballyshannon, if on a given day the fishing is not good you will certainly enjoy the scenery, which includes the highest banks in Europe. Sea Trout fishing starts on March 1st, and trout up to 5lbs have been caught on the Estuary, boats are available for hire at the Mall Quay. On Assoroe Lake, between the Hydro Electric Dams of Cathleen’s Falls and Cliff, you will find excellent Brown Trout and the odd Salmon.

For Angling Guide Services Contact Land and Sea Sports

Phone: 00353 71 9829698 or info@landandseasports.ie or www.landandseasports.ie

Bike Stop - Treat your family to a fun day and get fit at the same time, cycling and taking in the views and sights of the beautiful rugged coastline of Bundoran, or broaden your horizons in the surrounding areas of Counties Leitrim Sligo and Donegal.

Phone: 00 353 85 2488317 www.thebikestop.ie

Coastal Walks - The Cliff Walk as you would suspect from its very name is a walk along the cliff top and seashore of Bundoran’s West End. You can enjoy fine views of the Peak, Bundoran’s favourite haunt for surfers and across Donegal Bay. On a clear day you can clearly see the imposing sea cliffs of Slieve League which are located across the bay and close to the small village of Carrick. At a height of 600 metres these cliffs are reputed to be the highest sea cliffs in Europe.

Rougey Walk - this is a circular walk taking in views of the Atlantic Ocean from Rougey and Bundoran’s bustling main street. Leaving the beach follow the path which veers left taking you around the headland with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Bundoran’s Championship Golf Course on the other. From the shelter at the top of Aughrus Point, the highest point on this walk, you can enjoy spectacular views across the town and out to sea.

Continue on along the path and you will come to the Fairy Bridges, cliff arches which have been carved by the Atlantic Ocean. Also close by is the Wishing Chair which is Bundoran’s answer to the Blarney Stone. Make a wish as you sit on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean!

On reaching the far end of the walk the panorama including magnificent Tullan Strand stretches out below the cliffs. From this point follow Tullan Strand Road back into town until you reach the junction with the main road. At this point take a right and follow the path back along Bundoran’s Main Street towards the Tourist Office.

Fairy Bridges & The Wishing Chair - Coming from South to North on the Wild Atlantic Way, Bundoran’s Tullan Strand is proud to be the first Discovery Point you will meet in County Donegal and what a place to start!

With scenic views for 360 degrees you can see back into Mullaghmore, County Sligo and across Donegal Bay to the magical Slieve League Cliffs.

As you begin the Roguey Walk Experience, you will arrive at the stunning Fairy Bridges – sea stacks hundreds of years old and Bundoran’s original tourist attraction back in the 1800s. However, it is believed that as far back as the 1700s locals thought these to be haunted by the fairies with the result of the name “The Fairy Bridges”.

While you’re there, take a seat on Bundoran’s own Wishing Chair. It is said that many of the town’s famous visitors over the years have sat here overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean – from poet William Allingham to golfer Christy O’Connor Jr to Viscount Enniskillen to 10 times world champion surfer Kelly Slater – they’re all believed to have sat in Bundoran’s famous Wishing Chair located at the Fairy Bridges at Tullan Strand. Legend says it is advised to approach the chair with caution lest the powers of the chair be disrupted. Wishers are advised to sit down slowly holding on to both “arms” of the chair and then pause for at least 15 seconds to take in the stunning scenery that surrounds them – Donegal Bay to their left, Tullan Strand straight ahead and the Dartry Mountains to the right. It is useful to contemplate the figures, possible heroes and heroines who may have sat in the chair in the years and the centuries ahead of them, before making their wish which must be done in silence and kept private to the wisher in order to increase the chances of it coming true. Finally it is believed that tapping the seat twice as you get up will give your final commitment that your wish is a genuine one.

Donegal Equestrian Centre is situated 1 mile from the centre of Bundoran in the beautiful North West coast of Ireland and is the perfect choice for all your horse riding activities. Donegal Equestrian Centre offer instruction in riding, pony camps, beach & trail rides suitable for all levels of rider. The centre has a wide range of horses and ponies from 11hh – 17hh to suit all abilities.

Most of all Donegal Equestrian can offer you an unforgettable experience in a fun and safe environment

Phone: 00353 071 98 41977  www.DonegalEquestrianCentre.com

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SUP DUDE- SUP DUDE is Irelands leading Stand Up Paddling school run by Irish SUP Champion Emmet O Doherty. SUP DUDE is based in the world famous big wave location of Mullaghmore only a 10 minute drive from Bundoran. Lessons are run daily for all ages and levels from beginner to advanced, making this the perfect activity for everyone! 

www.SupDude.ie