Inishowen, Co Donegal

Pushing out into the Atlantic, Inishowen is the largest peninsula on the island of Ireland. Shaped by the Ice Age and carved by the endless crash of the ocean, the landscape here is one of stony green hills and jagged coastal rocks.

It is flanked by Lough Foyle on the east, Lough Swilly on the west and the Atlantic on the northside. In many places you pass extraordinary beaches and views that will take your breath away. You reach the most northerly point of mainland Ireland at Malin Head. The Grianan of Aileach, a ringfort that served as the royal seat of the over-kingdom of Ailech, stands at the entrance to the peninsula. The coastline show its wild and and craggy side at this most northerly position and the determination of the Atlantic to make and leave its mark on the country.

At the Gap of Mamore the road winds steeply up to 240 m (800 ft) to a pass and there is a fantastic panorama view over the whole northern coastline.

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📍’Fort Dunree Bay of Inishowen’ | Inishowen Peninsula, Buncrana, Co Donegal | Gareth Wray Photography

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