Magilligan (Downhill)


Magilligan (Downhill)
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Downhill Strand is the eastern end of a magnificent 7 mile stretch of sand running from Downhill Cliffs to Magillijan Point. It is overlooked and benefits from spectacular views of Donegal Coast and beyond.


Swimming, sea angling, surfing, windsurfing, walking and cycling are all popular here. Arts and crafts and horseback riding are also available.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach itself is 10km long offering plenty of space for a stroll by the sea. The nearby Downhill Estate is also available to walkers (entry charge applies Easter - Autumn). Walks also available in nearby Downhill Forest.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 1st June to 15th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
Strong winds Strong winds

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Facilities at Magilligan (Downhill)

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Approx 15 free parking spaces in roadside car park adjacent to main beach entrance. Parking is also permitted on the beach, to the left of the main entrance.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed but restrictions apply from May - September annually.

Beach cleaning

Beach is mechanically and manually cleansed during the summer season.



Dates and times

Service provided by

RLNI - More information about dates and times

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.