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Fanad Head lies on the north coast of County Donegal between Lough Swilly and Mulroy
Bay. Its claims to fame include one of the world’s most beautiful lighthouses and the
famous Flight of the Earls, which took place here in 1607.
To reach the headland, travel along Knockalla Coast Road, a route with some seriously
stunning panoramas. Along the way, you’ll take in views of the Inishowen Peninsula and
Atlantic Ocean, and as the road ascends, you’ll look down upon Portsalon and Ballymastocker
Bay. From this vantage point, it’s easy to see why the beach was once voted the
second most beautiful in the world. Still, it has more to offer than good looks, as it’s also
a haven for watersports enthusiasts, walkers and golfers.
If a visit to the lighthouse is on your agenda, don’t forget to make some time for a leisurely
stroll along the adjacent headland, where you’ll see awe-inspiring waves and the Wild
Atlantic Way’s most rugged stretch of coastline. This is one place where you’ll certainly
want to have your camera ready.
Explore this specially illustrated map for highlights of particularly striking locations on the route. Read on for our recommendations around these beautiful areas, along with captivating videos from local people telling you more...
Nine miles off the coast of County Donegal, you’ll find one of the most remote – and certainly the most intriguing – of the Irish islands; Tory. [article not uploaded yet]
Dave and Deb of The Planet D spent some time in Ireland this year exploring the Wild Atlantic Way. Here are their choices for top scenic spots on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
The highs and lows of the Wild Atlantic Way don’t just extend to the cliff edges. Each year, people from around the world gather to train and celebrate aerial dance at County Donegal’s Irish Aerial Dance Fest.