Machaire Rabhartaigh

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Machaire Rabhartaigh
A view of Machaire Rabhartaigh strand, October 2011
A view of Machaire Rabhartaigh strand, October 2011
Machaire Rabhartaigh is located in Ireland
Machaire Rabhartaigh
Machaire Rabhartaigh
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 55°08′28″N 8°10′18″W / 55.14123°N 8.17155°W / 55.14123; -8.17155Coordinates: 55°08′28″N 8°10′18″W / 55.14123°N 8.17155°W / 55.14123; -8.17155
Country Ireland
Province Ulster
County County Donegal
 • Dáil Éireann Donegal South-West
Area code(s) 074, +000 353 74
Irish Grid Reference B847228

Machaire Rabhartaigh (formerly anglicized as Magheraroarty), meaning "plane of the spring tide/plane of roarty",[1] is a Gaeltacht village and townland on the north-west coast of County Donegal, Ireland. It is in the parish of Cloughaneely and its main access road is the R257. It has been home to a Gael Linn Irish Language Summer School since 1981 which runs three[2] courses for teenagers aged 12–18 every summer and has an intake of about 200[3] students per course.

The village has a port suited for fishing vessels. It is the main ferry port for Tory Island.

It attracts many tourists during the summer and watersports enthusiasts visit the area to windsurf/surf/kitesurf and to go kayaking in the bay. A natural reef exists to the left of the pier which provides excellent surf throughout the year. Anemities include Coll's Bar, a café and Scoil Naomh Dubhthach Machaire Rabhartaigh, an Irish-speaking primary school.