The Inishowen 100 is a scenic tourist route that winds along the coast of the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal County. This 100 mile long tour reveals the wonders of the Peninsula, with its rugged coastline, mountains and beaches!
The bravest may decide to cycle the Inishowen 100, but it’s best to travel by bus or car. The altitude differences are sometimes significant and could put off the most athletic among you. The tour starts on the N13 towards Bridge End.
On your way you will pass the prehistoric fort Grianan of Aileach. Built in 1700 B.C., it was built on a hill overlooking the whole of Inishowen. The site is fabulous and is one of the most interesting remains in Donegal.
If you wish to continue the tour, follow the R238, passing through the village of Fahan, then stop for a short break at Lisfannon Beach, a strip of sand that stretches over 5km long. It’s a great place to take a dip and have a bite to eat with your feet in the water.
Then on to Buncrana, one of the most important seaside resorts of Inishowen, then go through Dunree, where you can discover its military fort. Then head over the Mamore Gap Pass, where you can enjoy a stunning view of the cliffs at Dunaff Head.
Let’s go on to the Dooagh Famine Village, a museum dedicated to the Great Famine from 1845 to 1848. A very well covered subject, which will make you discover the circumstances in which the Irish suffered the full force of the Great Famine.
Then take the direction of Cardonagh, then towards the Trawbreaga bay, where fabulous beaches of fine sand, bordered by turquoise water, stretch out 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. You will reach it by 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!