Visitors planning a trip to the Murder Hole beach of Donegal will be unable to reach it via the common route this summer due to safety concerns.
The unique beach near Downings, on Melmore Head, is a much-celebrated beauty spot and ‘hidden gem’ of the north west. The unspoilt beach shot to fame in 2017 when it was crowned ‘Ireland’s No 1 Secret Beach’ by Irish Independent readers and it is often on the go-to list for tourists in Donegal seeking a glimpse of the rugged Wild Atlantic Way.
A route people generally take to access the beach is through a private field, but as of today, Monday 21st May, the gate to that field will be locked. The block is in the interest of public safety, according to a notice issued this week.
A public notice was shared on social media over the weekend to explain that a bull will be reintroduced to the property for mating season.
The warning said: “As of 21st May 2018 our bull will be reintroduced to our cows on the fields leading to the Murder Hole Beach.
“In the interest of public safety we will be locking the gate and there will be NO access to the beach through these lands.
“Bulls are extremely dangerous during mating season so please be advised that access is NOT permitted during this time.
“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, however the bull poses extreme danger to anyone entering the fields.”
It is understood that a new sign was recently placed at the entrance to the field to ban drones and dogs from the land, as well as warning people that photographs taken at the beach should be for personal use only.
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