Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal

Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal

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Sprawling Inishowen Peninsula (Irish: Inis Eoghain) in County Donegal is the largest peninsula in all of the island of Ireland. With Lough Foyle to the east and Lough Swilly to the west it also includes Ireland’s northernmost point – Malin Head – reaching far into the Atlantic Ocean. Inishowen is a remote, rugged, desolate and sparsely populated place with ancient sites and ruined castles abound, conveying an evocative picture of a vibrant and unfolding past.

The R238, following up the coast of Lough Foyle east of Derry to Moville and then northwest toMalin Head before heading down the western side toBuncrana , allows a perfect drive around the whole peninsula. "The Inishowen 100" scenic route, from which most historical sites are on or close by, is well signposted on the R238.

Probably the best known monument on Inishowen is Grianan of Aileach Burt. Noted in the mythologies of Ireland, it seems this fort was first constructed around 1700 BC on a hill top, nowadays 800 feet above sea level. It has been ascertained that it was the Palace of the Northern Princes. Inishowen but has many more historical monuments, dating back to early settlements and including the ruins of several castles.

The scenery is literally breath-taking and guarantees views that will lift your spirits and remain with you for ever. Apart from the beautiful postcard classic there are so many more stunning scenes to be discovered in every part of the peninsula. The ever changing seasonal shades and skies also mean the colours and hues are always different no matter what time of year you visit. From secluded, private coves, to long family-perfect strands and Blue Flag beaches Inishowen also boost some of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland.

Whatever the pace fast or leisurely, the peninsula offers plenty of activities for everybody to enjoy: From a carefree gallop along one of our endless sandy beaches to a tranquil walk along a lush green hillside. Tee off on a top golf experience on a superb coastal links course or get in to the water to kayak along the stunning coast leading to the majestic Atlantic. For longer stays the peninsula provides visitors with a wide range of comfortable accommodations, delicious restaurants and lively bars.

Why not take part in McGory's traditional Irish music session?

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