Donegal Bay is an inlet on the Wild Atlantic Way touching three counties: Donegal to the north and west, Leitrim and Sligo to the south . All of them have shorelines on the bay, which is bounded on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. At the base of the bay lies Donegal Town and the river Eske - a great river for fishing. Other rivers situated throughout Donegal bay include the river Erne in Ballyshannon, the river Drowes in Bundoran and the river Eany in Inver, these rivers are great for angling and are popular for salmon or trout.
Donegal Bay is a well known surf hotspot with locations at Tullan Strand, Bundoran and Rossnowlagh. Surfing has become synonymous with Bundoran in the past number of years. Its growing popularity has helped to extend the normal Easter to September holiday season to all year round as surfers travel from all over the country and all over the world to experience the diverse natural amenities that Ireland’s Premier Seaside Resort has to offer. Any weekend in any month, be it the middle of summer or the dead of winter, you’ll generally find somewhere to go surfing in Bundoran or its surrounds with countless beach and reef breaks to be found in close proximity. Be it for an experienced surfer or a beginner Bundoran has many surf options. Bundoran is part of Surf Europe and hosted the European Surfing Championship multiple times. There are several surf schools if someone is up for the challenge.
The Bay area also offers national parks and a wildlife service with some areas being special areas of conservation; areas of interest are located around Murvagh where there are mudflats and sand flats not covered by seawater at low tide, fixed coastal dunes with herbaceous vegetation (grey dunes), and dunes with Salix repens, Humid dune slacks, Phoca vitulina (Harbour Seal). Also around Mountcharles there are features of sunken drumlins similar to Clew Bay.
Donegal Bay is also popular amongst divers, as the clear waters of the northeast Atlantic abound in sealife. A landmark scuba diving destination of the WAOH! Route, the diving is varied with everything from sea caves, reefs, bulligs, sea stacks, gullies and drop-offs to fast drift-dives over sand, limestone slab, boulder, pebble waves and scoured channels or relaxed low energy sites with sea grass colonies and kelp forests. Amongst the many diving sites the area offers, St. John’s Point stands out for its abundance of marine life in an easily accessible reef wall - often known as Europe’s Great Barrier Reef.