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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Malin Head - Ireland's Most Northerly Point

Malin Head's rocky, weather-battered slopes feel like they're being dragged unwillingly into the sea. It's great for wandering on foot, absorbing the stark natural setting. The area is renowned for the welcoming of the friendly local people, epic coastal scenery, thriving marine, bird life and plenty of historical significance. The www.malinhead.net website attempts to take you from when the first structures appeared on Malin Head’s Banba's Crown in 1804 to the present day.

Malin Head, Inishowen, Co. Donegal. Image © Peter Homer, www.malinhead.net
Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, at N55.22.861 W007.22.420 at a height of 187 feet (57m) above sea level, Malin Head (in Irish: Cionn Mhálanna) at the tip of the Inishowen peninsula in County Donegal is the most northern point of Ireland that has a rugged landscape and had a long history of communication with ships.

Its location was vital for the daily shipping as the coast line around Malin Head are some of the most treacherous waters in the world with many hundreds of ship wrecks being recorded. There are more ocean liners and German U-boats sunk off this stretch than anywhere else in the world and the majority of them were casualties of World War 1 & 2.

Banba's Crown, Malin Head, Inishowen, Co. Donegal. Image © Peter Homer, www.malinhead.net
If you visit Malin Head and prefer to stay on dry land, go for a ramble on Banba’s Crown by following the western path from here to Hell’s Hole. This dramatic chasm is 250 metres (820 feet) long and 8 metres (26 feet) wide.
This entire area is also of global significance to geologists as it has Ireland’s oldest rocks, 4 levels of ancient shoreline and the highest sand-dunes in Europe.

Malin Head, Inishowen, Co. Donegal. Image © Peter Homer, www.malinhead.net

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Malin Head, Inishowen, Co. Donegal. Image © Peter Homer, www.malinhead.net