Places to visit around the Inishowen Peninsula

The Inishowen Peninsula in the northeast of Co. Donegal is perhaps the greatest overlooked treasure of the Irish landscape. Virtually every aspect of the landscape is superb – the beaches especially Kinnego Bay, Culdaff, Tullagh and Pollan), the towering headland bluffs (Malin, Dunaff) and the central mountain range, with Slieve Snaght (Sliabh Sneachtra “mountain of snow”) at the centre of it all.

The Peninsula derives its name from Eoghan who was made First Lord of the island by his father Niall, High King of Ireland. Phases of the peninsula’s history before and after Eoghan have left a legacy of antiquities from the Grianan Aileach fort to a host of beautiful early Christian crosses; (Cloncha which is about half a mile from the bungalow), Mura, Carrowmore and Cooley.

Kinnego Bay evening

Kinnego Bay daytime
The scenery as you approach this beautiful cove is quite breathtaking and when you descend to the actual beach you feel as if you are in another world, feeling totally cut off by the sea in front and the sheer cliffs to every side.

It was just off this beach in 1970/71 that divers found the Spanish Armed transporter, La Trinidad Valencera, a 1,100 ton wooden ship, which, badly damaged in a storm, had limped into anchor off shore on September 14th 1588 and sank two days later.

The Beautiful Kinnego Bay is regularly used for stunning photographs because of the wonderful moody skies

Banba’s Crown

Visitors should not miss Banba’s Crown at Malin Head. It is not just Ireland’s most northerly point, but an area of great scenic beauty, historical, scientific and ecological importance.

Boxing Day Swim Culdaff

This swim is an annual event on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day each year where locals and tourist brave the cold water.

Pollan Bay, Ballyliffin

One of the chief attractions of this delightful little seaside resort is its magnificent stretch of golden sands, over 2 miles in length. There is a great children’s playground at the beach.

The Isle of Doagh

On the route from Ballyliffin to Carndonough, this was an island until after the Ice Age, when melting ice left the sea at more than 50 metres below its present level. 6,000 years ago it was again an island but gradually gravel beaches began to link the island to the mainland. The island was inhabited as far back as A.D. 800’s. The Isle of Doagh (Bar Mouth or Lagg) is a wonderful location for Spinning or Freelining sand eels from both sides of the channel for sea trout. The first two hours of the flood tide are best. Bottom fishing for flounder and eel on a flooding tide and for dogfish at high water.

Doagh Famine Village Visitor Centre, traces the changing times of Ireland from 1800’s to the present day, is located at the Isle of Doagh. This transforms into the popular Santa’s Lapland in November each year for the Chrismas period.
Tel: (0035) 86 8464749 or visit

Glenveagh National Park

To this day Glenveagh remains a remote valley, and in olden times was probably uninhabited. The estate of Glenveagh was created in 1857-9 by the purchase of several smaller holdings by John George Adair, from Co. Laois. Adair incurred infamy throughout Donegal and Ireland by evicting some 244 tenants in the cold April of 1861.
The castle, gardens and wildlife are well worth a visit. Guided walks can be arranged. For details contact (0035) (0) 74-913-7090.

Glenevin Waterfall Park, Clonmany

This stunning waterfall, wedge in shape, cascades fresh mountain water descending over black rock from an astounding height of 30 feet. Designated car park, walkway and picnic area are provided.

The waterfall is approx a 15 minute drive from Inishfree B & B.

We also recommend My Ireland Tours if you are looking at planning a coach tour of the area: