Discover one of the Northwest’s most beautiful regions – the Inishowen Peninsula.
Often referred to as “A miniature Ireland” it offers all the wonderful experiences of Ireland. Take in the stunning coastline, try your hand at Kayaking or surfing, view the majestic Basking sharks off Malin Head or witness the spectacular Northern Lights at Ballyliffin. Sense the rich heritage at the many ancient forts, castles and crosses. Discover a place with world-class golf, endless white sandy beaches, local arts and crafts, great food and lively entertainment and where a warm welcome awaits you.
THE INISHOWEN 100 – SCENIC ROUTE
Voted one of the top scenic routes in Ireland by the Irish Independent, the “Inishowen 100” is a 100 mile driving route that meanders around Inishowen’s breathtaking coastline taking in stunning panoramic views of Lough Swilly, the Atlantic and Lough Foyle. Favourite visits along the route include the “Lookout” at Fahan, Mamore Gap descending into Clonmany, Knockamany Bens overlooking Five Finger Strand and Crockaulin descending into Greencastle.
The circuit of Malin will take you past the Radio station; built in 1910, and round the coast to Banba’s crown, the most northerly tip of Ireland. “The Tower” was built in 1805 and used as a Lloyds Signal Station. On a good day the Scottish coast line and nearby InishtrahullIsland are visible.
DOAGH VISITORS CENTRE
One of Inishowen’s most popular attractions, the FamineVillage is an outdoor museum that tells the story of life in the area from the Famine back in the 1840’s through the 1990’s to the present day.
Fort Dunree is a military museum with special emphasis on the military history of the North West. It has a large display of artefacts, an audio-visual display and large coastal artillery pieces in their original location.
ST PATRICK’S CROSS
St. Patrick’s cross dates back to the 7th
century, making it one of the very early Christian crosses is beautifully decorated with cravings of the older Celtic art of interlacing patterns.
GLENEVIN WATERFALLThis stunning waterfall, wedge in shape, cascades fresh mountain water descending over black rock from an astounding height of 30 feet. Designed car park, walkway, picnic area and Tea room.
INISHOWEN MARITIME MUSEUM & PLANETARIUM
The state-of-the-art planetarium features accurate depictions of our night skies and multi-media presentations depicting voyages through the universe.
Attractions include nautical exhibits, memorabilia, photographs, modern and ancient maritime equipment and Irish boats from six to fifty feet.
INCH WILDFOWL RESERVE
Ireland’s premier wetland site, Inch Wildfowl Reserve is an internationally significant destination and staging ground for migrating birds from three continents. It is a Special Protected Area (SPA) under the EU birds’ directive
GRIANAN OF AILEACH
The Grianan Aileach Stone Fort, once the seat of the High Kings, is built on the site of the original 1700BC ringfort. It looks out over the beautiful waters of Counties Donegal, Derry, Tyrone and Antrim.
Scenic looped walks, stunning coastal routes, open and peaceful roads make Inishowen a trails destinationof choice. No matter what level or length of trail you are looking for our dramatic landscapes and peaceful surroundings are just waiting to be discovered. The Inishowen Trail Guide (available to download onwww.visitinishowen.com
) includes three stunning National Loop Walks; Inishowen Head, Butlers Glen andUrrisLakes, as well as the popular Buncrana and Moville coastal walks.
Inishowen was created for golf. Home to the world-class Ballyliffin Golf Club, as well as Greencastle. Northwest, Buncrana and Redcastle Golf Clubs, it offers superb golf all in one location. Plus with the 10 minutes Foyle Ferry service connecting Greencastle to the AntrimCoast, Golf visitors to Inishowen can take the opportunity to play the prestigious Royal Portrush, host of the 2012 Irish open and Portstewart Golf Courses.
AMAZING GRACE COUNTRY
Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me…” Behind one of the world’s best –loved hymns is a dramatic story of personal transformation which took place near the port of Buncrana on Lough Swilly and have far reaching consequences for world history. John Newton was a ruthless slave trader whose remarkable story came in 1748 when his ship The Greyhound, en route from CapeLopez to England, took refuge in Lough Swilly following a violent storm that nearly claimed his life. It was at this time that Newton began to read the New Testament, and believing God had guided him to safety, he decided to convert his life. He wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace” to describe the story of how his life had changed. He later befriended and mentored the young politician William Wilberforce, encouraging and supporting his fight against slavery. It took 20 years but finally the first anti slave trade legislation was passed in 1807.