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Rugged yet inviting, Donegal’s Malin Head is steeped in history and offers activities such as walking, fishing, swimming and bird watching.
Here, north of Trawbreaga Bay, you can view Five Finger Strand, home to some of Europe’s largest sand dunes. 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.
Photo credit: Image 1, Raymond Fogarty
Think Donegal and you may not think golden, sandy beaches but spend a day at Ballymastocker Bay and you’ll find just that, along with the very best of West Coast watersports.
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...
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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.