Malin Head is located on the Inishowen Peninsula (County Donegal) and is the most northerly point of the island of Ireland the starting point for the Wild Atlantic Way. The northernmost tip is the headland named Banba's Crown located at latitude 55.38ºN. Malin Head is rugged and beautiful, recently chosen as the film location for the next Star Wars movie with the Millenium Falcon set up on Malin Head's breathtaking cliff edge. Malin Head is steeped in history and offers activities such as walking, fishing, swimming and bird watching. North Trawbreaga Bay, you can view Five Finger Strand, home to some of Europe’s largest sand dunes.
One of the landmark destinations of the WAOH! Route, Malin Head is also an extremely popular diving location with many historic ship wrecks that lie beneath the ocean, also offering divers the opportunity to explore the many unique marine fauna, corals and sea life. At low tide, you can even spot the wreckage of the ‘Twilight’, which sank in 1889 while sailing to Derry.
For more history, follow the coast road. You’ll pass the old radio station, built in 1910, and The Tower, a derelict signal station located on Banba’s Crown, the most northerly point in Ireland. It’s the perfect place to relax with a picnic, as the stunning panorama includes Inistrahull and Tory islands, as well as the Scottish hills on a clear day. Plus, you can work off any extra indulgences with a walk along the cliffs to Hell’s Hole, a chasm where the tide rushes in with impressive force. If treasure hunting is more your speed, head east to Ballyhillion beach, which dates back to the ice age and is known for its many semi-precious stones.
One of Ireland's Special Protection Areas, Malin Head provides the scenary for great wildlife adventures. Book a guide that will take you climbing for breathtaking views of this beatufil, rugged coastline or join a kayaking excursion in search of one of the usual locals around this waters: the basking shark.