The Inishowen Peninsula is the largest peninsula in Ireland. Located in Donegal, it offers fabulous views of the coast. Surrounded to the west by Lough Swilly and Lough Foyle to the east, you will discover sumptuous Irish landscapes, where small coastal villages, beaches and cliffs blend harmoniously together! Inland, Inishowen has beautiful, sparsely inhabited landscapes of peat bogs and wild mountains… Take a tour: the trip is really worth it!
The Inishowen Peninsula covers more than 884km²: so much so that you’ll have plenty of choice when it comes to places to visit! One of the peninsula’s must-sees is the “Inishowen 100”, a 100-mile road trip that will allow you to discover all the beauties of the Inishowen coast.
It goes all the way around the Peninsula, and starts on the N13, towards Bridge End (not far from Derry). You will then have the opportunity to visit a prehistoric fort built in 1700 B.C., called the “Grianan of Aileach”, located on a hill overlooking the whole of Inishowen.
If you wish to continue the tour, now enter the R238, go through the village of Fahan, then stop for a few moments on Lisfannon Beach, a strip of sand that stretches over 5km long. Head this time towards Buncrana, one of Inishowen’s most important seaside resorts. Don’t hesitate to stop there for a meal or a pint of stout: the atmosphere in the pubs is very pleasant!
To leave, always follow the “Inishowen 100” circuit, always carefully indicated by the road signs. You will then discover Dunree, its military fortress, then go through the Mamore Gap pass, where you will have access to a superb viewpoint overlooking the cliffs of Dunaff Head.
We then continue on to Clonmany, a small and friendly village, then on to the Doagh Famine Village, a museum entirely dedicated to the Great Famine of 1845 to 1848. History and exhibitions will show you how the Irish population was reduced over several years due to a massive food shortage caused by mildew. The visit is particularly interesting and the exhibition is very informative.
If you want to go back, direction Carndonagh, a picturesque colourful village where it is pleasant to stop for a pint. You will then continue on to Trawbreaga Bay, where you will find fabulous beaches of fine sand, surrounded by turquoise water, under the benevolence of imposing cliffs. One of the most beautiful beaches in the bay is Five Fingers Strand.
A sumptuous viewpoint located on a car park in Trawbreaga Bay is one of the most exceptional places in Inishowen. It is accessed via a narrow road with a steep gradient. Once you reach the top, all you have to do is discover the fabulous panoramic views over the bay, the cliffs, and the green plains surrounded by mountains… Enough to make you want to shoot everything that moves with your camera!
The tour then ends with the discovery of the south-eastern tip of Inishowen… You will meander along ridiculously narrow roads in poor condition, and cross many small isolated villages by the sea… Some even have fabulous beaches, located at the very foot of the houses! It’s a dream come true to go for a dip if you’re not afraid of the cold water, and then go to the nearest pub to warm up!
Some of the nicest little fishing ports to visit are Greencastle and Quigley’s Point. The corners are quite nice, but still less exceptional than west of Inishowen. Nevertheless, these small villages and harbours are ideal to get in touch with the Northern Irish! The tour ends a few kilometres further on, after reaching the small village of Muff.