For a unique insight into how the mighty Atlantic Ocean has interacted with land over the millennia, visit this spectacular area of north Donegal. Stunning cliff caverns, Europe's largest sand dunes and maritime relics going back centuries are just some of the treats in store.
Climb high on the road above the sea until you come to a tall, ruined signal tower dating back to 1805. Sit down here on the headland for a picnic or a restful break and take in the scene. You have reached Malin Head, the most northerly point in Ireland!
You are at Banba's Crown, a perfect starting point to explore this unique part of Ireland. The ruined watch tower beside you was built two centuries ago to keep a lookout for passing ships and to pass this information onto Lloyds, the shipping insurers in London.
Cast your mind back to another era and recall how, in the early part of the 20th century, the tower figured in the vanguard of maritime technology advances at the time. Capitalising on the invention of wireless radio, Lloyds installed a device there which could catch Morse code signals.
To this day, the area maintains a proud maritime communication and meteorological tradition. A meteorological station and maritime emergency service are based near the Head, from where weather reports were first issued in 1870.
Walk along the dizzying cliff top to Hell's Hole, a remarkable subterranean cavern 76m long and 2.4m wide in the cliff face, into which the tide rushes with great force to create a mesmerising explosion of foam.
Marvel at the picturesque natural arch, called the Devil's Bridge, nearby. To the north-east, pick out Inishtrahull Island, where a lighthouse was put first put into operation in 1813. Further out to the east, on a clear day you can see the Scottish hills.
Be spellbound by the wonders of nature around here. Ballyhillion beach, below Banba's Crown to the east, is a good example. Look, in awe, at the unique raised beach system of international scientific significance there.
As you gaze at the exceptionally distinctive shoreline around you, you will begin to visualise the dramatic and changing connections that have occurred between the mighty ocean and the land over the 15,000 years since the glaciers began to melt. Imagine how the sea was up to 24m higher then.
There is much to do, and to be fascinated about, in this area, which lies at the top of the enchanting Inishowen Peninsula.
Take a leisurely walk and enjoy the sights...on a clear day you can see Tory Island off the Donegal coast to the west. Go fishing or swimming. View the largest sand dunes in Europe at Lagg, or the famousFive Finger Strand on Knockamany Benswhere, at low tide, you can see the wreck of 'The Twilight', which sank in 1889, on its way to Derry.
If you're a nature lover or photographer, then the mixture of dramatic landscapes, rich birdlife, rare flora and rock formations, is compelling.
|Location||Ireland's most northerly point at the top of the Inishowen Peninsula in Co. Donegal.|
|Additional Info||The area offers a wide range of tourist facilities including self- catering accommodation, bed & breakfast establishments and hostels.|
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