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Fairy Bridges and Wishing Chair
Bundoran, Co. Donegal
Family friendly
Free to visit
Dog friendly
Sunny days
The Fairy Bridges and Wishing Chair are two enchanting features situated beside the sea at Bundoran, County Donegal. The Fairy Bridges is a natural arch in the cliffs, with blow holes that date as far back as the 1700s. The Wishing Chair is also very popular with visitors, who take advantage of the magical powers of the natural stone chair.

Two features well worth a visit near Bundoran, County Donegal are The Fairy Bridges and The Wishing Chair. It is believed that locals thought The Fairy Bridges to be haunted by the fairies, which resulted in them being named The Fairy Bridges. Due to the peculiar rock formations, there are a series of natural blow or puffing holes that cause the seawater, under suitable tidal conditions, to crash through and blow water upwards, creating an impressive spectacle. Early travellers to the area were thought to be more interested in coming to see The Fairy Bridges than to experience the natural health benefits of the area’s golden beaches and proximity to the wild Atlantic Ocean. Indeed, this natural rock formation was one of the main attractions to visit in Bundoran at the time.

The Wishing Chair gives visitors the opportunity to take advantage of the magical powers of the natural stone chair located adjacent to the Fairy Bridges. Having gone through the official ritual of sitting slowly, contemplating the stunning surroundings, and then tapping the chair twice, those who make a wish are advised to keep their dreams a secret in the hope that they will become true.

The Fairy Bridges and The Wishing Chair can both be accessed either from Tullan Strand Road or from the main beach via the Roguey Walk.

Tips from locals

On a clear day look across the bay and see the Sliabh Liag sea cliffs, which are over 80km away.

Contact details
Tullan Strand Rd, Drumacrin, Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 30 minutes to 1 hour here.

More to discover at Fairy Bridges and Wishing Chair
Walking and hikingThe Rougey Walk

The Rougey Walk is a circular walk taking in views of the Atlantic Ocean from Rougey and Bundoran's bustling Main Street in County Donegal. It is a moderate walk and care should be taken on exposed sections in windy or wet weather.

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