with Amazing Grace Yacht Charters, Inishowen, County Donegal, Ireland.
Portsalon is charming and wonderful, and undoubtedly one of the most scenic places in all of Ireland. The village, and its picturesque stone harbour, are located at one end of beautiful Ballymastocker Bay, which is skirted by a most spectacular and immense Blue Flag beach. Indeed, the golden sands of Ballymastocker Beach are quite legendary, and were judged by the UK Observer Newspaper to be the very best in Ireland, and the second best in the world. We think that they got it wrong. It must surely be the very best in the world!
Ballymastoker Beach is best approached from the direction of Rathmullan. When you approach it from the south you are treated to stunning views of the Inishowen Peninsula, including Dunree Head, and the Urris Hills. Even better is the spectacular view of Ballymastocker Bay as you drive round Saldanha Head. Below you the golden sands stretch northwards into the distance towards the tiny harbour at Portsalon, a truly magnificent sight. The section of beach just below the Knockalla Mountains is sometimes used by surfers, but is otherwise empty! The beach runs the length of Portsalon’s excellent golf links, and access is by way of a walkway through the course.