Fanad Peninsula is famed for its beautiful lighthouse at Fanad Head, on the North coast of Donegal between Lough Swilly and Mulroy Bay. Here man’s presence and his ability to exist in even the wildest of locations is seen in the form of Fanad Head Lighthouse. First lighting up on St Patricks day in 1817 the, now automated, lighthouse stands at 39 meters and attracts artists and photographers from all over the world to try to capture its essence.
As you stand and take in the views that seem never-ending over the Atlantic you can spot Tory Island out to sea, an unofficial Kingdom in its own right, over 14km away. History is in abundance here with the famous ‘Flight of the Earls’ in 1607 taking place here, with Hugh O’Neill and her comrades fleeing to Spain from English rule. On route to Fanad Head you’ll take in the stunning views of the Innishowen Peninsula and the Atlantic Ocean, and the higher you go the more amazing it becomes. You’ll look down on Portsalon and Ballymastocker Bay, once voted the most beautiful in the world.
But Fanad's most precious treasures are hidden underwater. A landmark destination of the WILDSEA Atlantic Ocean Heritage Route (WAOH! Route), the dramatic reefs, caves, shipwrecks, forests of kelp and the very rich marine life found off its coastline are an absolute delight for scuba divers of all levels that dare to dip into the Atlantic to explore the blue realm.