At most stages of the tide, it is suitable to launch kayaks from the pier at Maghery. Gentle paddles include following the coast to visit Inisheane (Inis Éan) and explore inner Dungloe bay and its wildlife. Another short paddle west from the pier is to the little bay of Caslaghtermon to view the 12th century ruins of Templecrone Church and the Termon stone circle. The other islands of Inishfree and Inishal can also be accessed from here. For the experienced sea-kayaker, Maghery beach can be the starting point for visits to the islands of Illancrone, Inishkerragh and Arranmore. The highpoint for the sea-kayaker is the route from Maghery beach to the pier at Marameelan. Sea-arches, sea-stacks, deep caves and tunnels abound, combined with spectacular cliff scenery will provide a very memorable trip.
The pier at Maghery provides a good slip to launch small craft. Dungloe bay can be easily explored from here giving good opportunities to observe the resident seal population. The route between Termon and Inishal gives access to the open sea. It can be quite complex with tides and directions. Ask locally for advice.
There are fantastic opportunities around Maghery for superb walking to suit all abilities. From quiet roads to adventurous coastal walking, the variety of terrain is astounding. Errigal, 'The Monarch of the Northwest' and the Derryveagh Mountains are only a short drive away.
There is excellent rock-climbing at the bay of Poll na Cailligh and further west on the prominent
black cliffs. Climbing is accessed by parking at the pier in Marameelan/Falcorrib. Follow the
coast west until the bay is reached and the routes are at the northeast part of the bay. Access
is tidal and may require an abseil descent. The climbs range from ‘Difficult’ to ‘Extremely
Severe’ although most of the climbs are in the lower grades. Dawson Stelfox, the first Irishman
to climb Mt Everest has made first ascents here. There is potential for new routes.
A rock-climbing guide by Iain Millar to this climbing area can be downloaded from
The area is also close to some of the most important rock climbing locations in the country, such as the sea cliffs of Cruit, Owey and Gola Island. The huge routes of the Poisoned Glen and Loch Barra in the Derryveagh Mountains are also within convenient reach.
The clean and crystal clear water on the coast make it ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Large kelp beds interspersed with golden sands ensure that a large variety of marine life is visible. Popular locations for snorkeling are the rocks off Maghery beach called 'Carrickcarn' and the coast around Termon. For the experienced snorkeler there are endless possibilities for exploration off the coast of Crohy Head, although sea conditions must be suitable. The Rosses Snorkelling Club occasionally organise group excursions, and diving excursions can be organised from nearby Burtonport.
There is plenty to suit the keen angler, whether it is fly fishing on one of the areas 130 lakes or shorefishing off the coast.
Lake fishing is primarily fly fishing for sea and brown trout. An exception to this is Maghery Lough where both freshwater and saltwater fish may be caught due to it being a coastal lagoon.
There are numerous areas where good shore fishing can carried out. Species include pollack, mackerel, wrasse, flounder, ling, coalfish, gurnard, conger, and dogfish.
Deep sea angling can be organised from Burtonport.
Maghery is situated on the official Donegal Cycle Route which follows most of the route taken by the Wild Atlantic Way.
There are numerous other cycles in the area both on and off road. Routes tend to have steep ascents and descends but the scenery compensates any exertion that is expended. Details of these routes are available in brochure format at the community centre or the Strand Bar.
The Maghery Pony Club meets on Maghery beach every Saturdays throughout the year. Visitors are welcome to attend. There is a fee to participate and ponies are provided.
The Maghery Bay Salon has a number of seaweed baths and offers other relaxation treatments. Perfect for relaxing after those strenuous activities. A link to the Maghery Bay Salon is available here
Maghery Coastal Adventures
A new and exciting initiative to promote participation in adventure sports in the Maghery area. Activities will include kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, surfing, snorkelling, hillwalking and cycling. A joint venture between the community, Donegal Sports Partnership and the Sports Council of Ireland.
Watch this space!