Tuesday 16 January 2018

WATCH: Murder Hole - Ireland's most mysterious secret beach

Mark McConville

Mark McConville

Donegal is crammed with dramatic beaches, but the adventure it takes to get to Murder Hole makes it extra special.

No roads will get you here. You have to know what you're looking for, though locals on the Rosguill Peninsula will be happy to point you in the right direction.

First, there's the cross-country walk from Melmore. Then the steep incline down its hills and dunes - the price of admission is a dirty backside.

Do it, and you'll arrive at your own private beach, kitted out with small caves and stunning cliffs. With a picnic in your backpack, there's no need to leave until the tide comes in.

How did it get its grisly name? That just adds to the mystery.

GPS: 55.2386375, -7.8074943

Beach notes: Murder Hole should be accessed at low tide. Stay in Downings, in Donegal's Sheephaven Bay. You'll be surrounded by walks, beaches and lively local pubs (govisitdonegal.com).

Read More: Ireland's Top 10 Secret Beaches is live from Sunday, June 4.

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