Fanad Head, County Donegal

Fanad Head, County Donegal

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The Fanad (Irish: Fánaid ) peninsula is a lovely un-flawed area located between Lough Swilly, one of three glacier fjords in Ireland, and Mulror Bay on the north coast of County Donegal.
 
This marvellous peninsula is most famous for its iconic Lighthouse and the unspoilt beaches. Especially the Blue Flag beach at Ballymastocker Bay is out-standing gorgeous and was voted 2nd most beautiful beach in the world a few years ago. But don’t forget to visit all the other scenic places this withdrawn island has to offer.
 
Experience the hospitality of the locals, who are known to be some of the friendliest locals in all of Ireland and will cordially welcome you. Ask them for example the way to The Great Arch. These often unnoticed natural shaped stone formations can be tricky to find in Pollaid, near Fanad Head but absolutely worth a visit. Or maybe learn some Irish from the amiable people. After all 30% of the 700 inhabitants are still speaking Irish, making it a perfect place to learn more about this language.
 
All kind of activities are also offered here. The main attraction for golfers is the renewed Portsalon Golf Club. Try your luck in the beautiful course, which is part of the oldest golfing union in the world. For water lovers there are a lot of surf courses offered or you could just skip into the water and enjoy your time on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. If you are lucky you might even see some of the wildlife, like grey seals or whales. Or book a tour to experience the lush wildlife found at the coast. You can also go fishing in the rich waters. Hiking trails with different levels of difficulty are also provided, making this picturesque peninsula perfect for a nice walk.
 
The most eye-catching building is the quaint lighthouse on the rocky tip of the peninsula on the western shore. It was built in 1817 as a result of the shipwreck of the Saldana. The only survivor of this horrible tragedy was a parrot that was identified by having a silver collar with the name of the ship written on it. During the years the light house was restored a few times. Currently it is 22 m (72 ft) high and stands about 39 m (128 ft) away from the water. The scenic drive takes you here, so take this chance and enjoy the stunning view.
 
History fans should make a stop in Rathmullen, a pictographic seaside village. In 1607 the Flights of the Earls took place here, marking a turning point in the Irish history. A statue reminds of the day when the old Gaelic order ended with the exile of earls from many of Ireland oldest dynasties.

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