Five Finger Strand
Five Finger Strand is approximately 6 km north of Malin Town and is one of the most famous beaches in Inishowen as it has some of the highest sand dunes in Europe reaching a height of 30 metres. The name of the beach comes from the five sea stacks that protrude up like fingers on the north side of the beach.
Car parking for the beach can be found beside the main road beside the lovely St. Mary’s Church which was built in 1784; it is one of the oldest Catholic churches still in use in Ireland today. Then you just need to follow the road the short distance down to the beach.
Outside the church sits an ancient Baptismal Font from the 6th century which was originally from the old monastery at St. Mura’s, Fahan.
Swimming is not recommended here due to very dangerous undercurrents and rip tides.
Some of Inishowen’s beaches are under threat from coastal erosion, you can help to protect them by signing a petition here
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