The Inishowen peninsula is one of Ireland’s untapped gems and can be easily covered in one day from Derry.
Depart in the morning for the Victorian resort of Buncrana to visit the picturesque Swan Park and evocative Lough Swilly (also known as the ‘Lake of Shadows’). Take the ‘Inishowen 100’ scenic route past Dunree military museum (one of the optional stops on the tour). Travel through the breathtaking Mamore Gap into the picturesque market village of Clonmany and Ballyliffinen route to the Doagh Famine Village where the story of famine, fear and eviction is recounted along with traditions like the old Irish wakehouse (tea and coffee and wheaten bread plus guided tour all included in admission fee). On departure travel through Carndonagh and Malin Town for Malin Head, Irelands most northerly point with its spectacular scenery and cliff walks.
Depart Malin Head for Culdaff, a lovely 17th century plantation town on the east of the peninsula and home to one of Irelands best beaches. Continue along the ‘Inishowen 100’ to Greencastle home of Napoleonic Martello Towers, a maritime museum and the famous ruins of Northburgh castle.Complete the day with a visit to Moville where the story of emigration is recounted and shoreside walks are available before returning to Derry.
Malin Head (Irish : Cronn Mhalanna), is located on the Inishowen Peninsula and is the most northerly point in Ireland. It commands breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, the headlands of north Donegal and, on a clear day, the west of Scotland. It is an ideal vantage point from which to view the autumnal movements of seabirds on their southward migration flights and there are numerous walking trails which skirt the coastline, including walks to the mind blowing ‘Hells Hole’ (a natural crevice between the cliff side which booms with the echo of the waves crashing in from the Atlantic Ocean).
Lately is has become famous for a very different reason.
In April 2016 the Star Wars crew began filming scenes for Episode 8 right here – one more proof that Irish landscapes are the perfect combination of romantic scenes and dramatic backdrops (view the pictures of cast and crew below!)
Take the ‘Inishowen Tour’ with us to discover the fantastic locations of Star Wars to really understand why Hollywood keep on choosing us!
Moreover, if you like fantasy and drama series take also the Game Of Thrones tour with us
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