26. Rougey Cliff walk

Bundoran, Co. Donegal.

My father was a fanatical golfer! Family holidays in Bundoran meant that he would take to the course adjacent to the Great Northern Hotel while my mother and I would head for the beach or for a bracing walk on Rougey as it was simply known then, and now. Although the scenic part along the cliffs is pretty short, the route described here is a longer circular route of about 3.5 km. I would choose to do this walk in an anti-clockwise direction as that leaves the delight of the shore and its views till the second half.

Starting Out

You can start this walk from a number of locations but I would park in the Sea Road car park near the gates of the Great Northern. (See map). You set off in an easterly direction on Sea Road past Quinn’s caravan park and then veer left onto the R267. After a few hundred metres you will see a sign for Tullan Strand. Take a left turn just before the KFC restaurant and head north along the long straight of Tullan Strand Road. You will shortly have the full view up toward Killybegs and Slieve League with the golf course on your left.

When you reach the end of the straight at the Tullan Strand car park simply turn left again along the cliff path that will lead you round the edge of the course and back down to your starting point. Needless to say this second section is the delight. As well as the beautiful views toward Sligo’s Ben Bulbin and Mullaghmore there are the crashing waves off Tullan beach, a surfing mecca, and interesting points such as the RAF crash memorial and the Fairy Bridges.

Tullan Strand

The walk is all on well paved surface and is suitable for most ages and fitness levels. If the 3.5 km distance is a bit short for you sure you can always go round again and savour those views a second time!

  • Trailhead: Sea Road car park, Bundoran.
  • Facilities: Portaloos near the car park. Plenty of cafes in the town during summer months. Not as many off season.
  • Length: 3.5 km
  • Time: 30 – 40 mins for one circuit.
  • Ascent: A couple of short gentle climbs.