Public pathway opened to Murder Hole Beach in Donegal

By Fiona Frawley

April 25, 2022 at 4:09pm


Exciting news ahead of staycation season.

Murder Hole Beach has long been regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland.

However, locals and those who have visited the area in the past will know that until now, the only way to access the beauty spot was through a privately owned field, where a bull often roamed.

This is set to change though, as a local landowner has spent the past few months developing an an alternative route onto the beach, via a pathway at Melmore.

The new route, according to Donegal Daily, will take 15 minutes to climb as opposed to the previous five minutes across the field, and a new carpark has also been built to ease congestion in the area.

A donation box will be in place at the beach for anyone who'd like to contribute to the upkeep of the path after using it.


If you are visiting though, do bear in mind that swimming's not advised at Murder Hole due to dangerous rip currents.

Donegal Daily also shared a public notice which had previously been on display at the private field, advising beachgoers that a bull was to be reintroduced to the access route to Murder Hole.

The warning read:

As of 21st May 2018 our bull will be reintroduced to our cows on the fields leading to the Murder Hole Beach.

In the interest of public safety we will be locking the gate and there will be NO access to the beach through these lands.

Bulls are extremely dangerous during mating season so please be advised that access is NOT permitted during this time.
Luckily, you won't come across him on the new route.

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