The Fanad Peninsula Scenic Drive is a well-signposted 72km circuit of this picturesque Donegal peninsula, which affords some magnificent land and seascapes, beaches and attractions.
Start Your Journey
From Ramelton take the R247 north-eastwards and enjoy magnificent views over Lough Swilly all the way to Rathmullan. Continue for a short distance along the coast to the harbour where the Flight of the Earls Heritage Centre is located and the glorious beach at Rathmullan. Then follow the signs for Fanad Drive and Portsalon.
As the road rises around Knockalla Mountain take time to enjoy the breathtaking views across Lough Swilly to Dunree Head. Take in the sights of Malin Peninsula and beautiful Ballymastocker Bay, as it sits below bedecked with a trilogy of golden beaches and punctuated by fingers of grassy dunes.
Resume your journey of discovery by continuing to Portsalon village and beyond to Fanad Head, a Wild Atlantic Way Signature Point, via the coast road following the signs for the lighthouse. From the grounds of this very attractive lighthouse you can see the rugged horn of Dunaff Head across the bay (Lough Swilly) and further east, the long finger of Malin Head, the most northerly point in Ireland, stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean.
Then retrace your steps, this time ignoring the sign for Portsalon and keeping to the coast by travelling in a southwest direction. Continue on the Fanad Drive past the inner lakes of Mulroy Bay and over a small bridge. Join the R246 and follow the signs for Milford, which lies at the most southerly point of Mulroy Bay.
At the T-junction continue into Milford village and onward on the R245 back to Ramelton.