Inistrahull was once a thriving inshore fishing community. The island saw an almost 100% population increase between the years 1881 and 1901.
Doagh Famine Village – located in north Inishowen the village tells the story of the impact of the Great Famine on rural Irish life in Donegal
Banba’s Crown at Malin Head, Inishowen, Co. Donegal, is the most northerly point of the Irish mainland and is named after Banba was one of the mythical queens of Ireland. At Banba’s Crown you can’t miss the building known locally as the “The Tower” which was built in 1908 by the Admiralty, and later used as a Lloyds Signal Station. Not only is this Ireland’s most northerly point, but an area of great scenic beauty, and of historical, scientific and ecological importance.
Not surpisingly it is also a perfect starting point for a remarkable ramble along a newly developed coastal walk overlooking the cliffs to Hell’s Hole, a subterranean cavern 250 feet long and 8 feet wide, into which the wild Atlantic ocean crashes in with great force. The walk has plenty of benches sited along the way to take in the breathtaking views. This is well worth a visit. Enjoy this stunning walk and Ireland at its best. Banba Crown, Malin Head, nestled in Inishowen, Co. Donegal.
Hollie Rose Cottage is located at Aughrim Heights, close to the centre of Ballyliffin village and is within walking distance of Pollan Beach.
New Malin Head Tourism Project – A Malin Head tourism project has been launched which will see development of a cliff top path and a viewing platform at this iconic visitor attraction. In welcoming guests to the launch of the EU funded marine tourism project at Malin Head, television personality Joe Mahon explained that the INTREERG IVA funded project will enhance, protect and promote the unique environment of Ireland’s most northerly point.
Part of the project works will see the building of passing places along the roads leading to the headland. A disabled viewing access area and cliff top trail will allow the visitor to safely enjoy the fabulous views across to Inishtrahull island and the Scottish isles beyond.
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The aim of the development of facilities at Malin Head is to enhance the visitor experience and increase tourism in the area.
Donegal County Council and Loughs Agency are working together to develop a tourism product that will create many long-term benefits for the local community.
The Malin Head project represents an example of excellent partnership working between Loughs Agency (as lead partner) and Donegal County Council (as project partner). The Loughs Agency plans several other marine tourism and angling development projects funded by a €4 million programme of investment through the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
Speaking at the launch, John Pollock (Acting Chief Executive of the Loughs Agency) highlighted that the Malin Head project presents a fantastic opportunity to enhance the tourism offer at this iconic place. He went on to praise the contribution of local landowners, the wider Malin Head community, Donegal County Council and council staff without whom the project could not have gone ahead. John went on to explain that EU funding has proved an enabler – the finance to match the goodwill of local people, the efforts of council staff and the perseverance of Loughs Agency staff.
Donegal County Council’s Tourism Development Officer commented: “Donegal County Council is delighted to be working with Loughs Agency and the SEUPB in the delivery of this project. The Malin Head project is part of Donegal County Councils ongoing efforts to develop the area as a world-class visitor destination. In addition to the support of the local landowners and Malin Head Community Association, this project is the result of the hard work of the Malin Head Steering Group, chaired by Inishowen Development Partnership”.
It is hoped that the project will complete later this year.
Heading For Malin Inishowen – Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival, May 16-19, will become Ireland’s Most Northerly Film Festival with its move to its new home in Malin, County Donegal. We took a little tour of Guth Gafa’s new surroundings. Malin’s own,The Henry Girls kindly provided the soundtrack.
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North Inishowen Road Trip
Experience the spectacular scenery along the “Inishowen 100” scenic drive. Over Mamore Gap, Urris, Clonmany, through Ballyliffin and onto the Isle of Doagh.
Mamore Gap – a steep winding road through the Urris hills, descending to Leenan Bay and the village of Clonmany.
Ballyliffin – features 2 fabulous golf courses and a wide crescent of sandy beach
Isle of Doagh – once an island but now attached to the mainland, this remote part of northern Inishowen has an interpretive centre which tells the story of life in Ireland long ago
Amazing Grace Festival 2013 – 4th – 8th April
Against the stunning backdrop of Lough Swilly, celebrate the inspirational story of John Newton, his dramatic, life-changing arrival in Ireland and the 240th anniversary of his most famous hymn “Amazing Grace”.
A weekend events for all the family will combine music, history & heritage, arts & crafts and more…
Thursday 4 April: The John Newton lecture with historian Marylynn Rouse (hosted by the West Inishowen History and Heritage Group)
NEW Friday 5 April: Night of a Thousand Stars – Songs of Freedom, Hope & Joy. Community concert in aid of The Exchange resource centre. 7.30pm at The Plaza, Buncrana. An evening of music from talented singers of all ages! (Ticket prices tbc)
Saturday 6 April: Family Fun Day in Main Street, Buncrana featuring arts and crafts, 18th century toys, face painting, balloon modelling and live music.
Belfast Community Gospel Choir in concert
Saturday 6 April: 8pm at The Plaza, Buncrana – Tickets priced €10 (€5 concessions and children under 12, under 5s free) available for pre-order from [email protected]
Sunday 7 April: 8pm (venue tbc)
The hour I first believed – stories of faith in the 21st Cenutry plus live music
Monday 8 April: 6pm (final details tbc)
Special event to mark the anniversary itself featuring Buncrana’s own choir – The Gateway Singers.
BONUS Event: Wednesday 10 April at St Columbs Cathedral, Derry. “John Newton in Derry” talk by historian Marylynn Rouse.