Things To Do
Inishowen has a dedicated tourism website called “Go Visit Inishowen” from which you can find out much more about this peninsula which is the jewel in Ireland’s crown – the largest and most northerly in the country.
In case you would like a few condensed suggestions as to what to see and do while you are here for the Reunion—during the breaks between the many itinerary events—we have provided some suggestions below. Inishowen is a beautiful peninsula in the north of County Donegal, Ireland, with stunning scenery and a rich history. Here are some things to do in Inishowen:
1. Visit Malin Head: This is the northernmost point of Ireland and offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. You can also visit the nearby Wee House of Malin.
2. Go Hiking: Inishowen has many walking and hiking trails, including the Inishowen 100, a scenic route around the peninsula. The trails vary in difficulty, so there's something for everyone, from gentle walks such as the Buncrana Shore Path to more challenging routes, like the Slieve Snaght Loop or the Urris Lakes Loop.
3. Visit Fort Dunree: This military museum is located on a cliff overlooking Lough Swilly and has exhibits on the history of the fort and the local area.
4. Explore Grianan of Aileach: This ancient stone fort dates to the 6th century and is said to have been the seat of the High Kings of Ireland. Spend time there enjoying the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
5. Explore the Beaches - Inishowen has many beautiful beaches, such as Culdaff Beach, Five Fingers Strand, Tullagh, Pollan, and Kinnagoe Bay.
6. Visit Doagh Famine Village: This outdoor museum depicts life in Inishowen during the Great Famine and offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of the area.
7. Play Golf: Inishowen has several world-class golf courses, including the Ballyliffin Golf Club, which has hosted several Irish Open championships.
8. Visit Glenevin Waterfall: This beautiful waterfall is nestled in the hills near Clonmany village. It is a great spot for a picnic and a walk.
9. Go Fishing: Inishowen has several lakes and rivers that are popular for fishing, including the Crana and Finn rivers.
10. Check out Mamore Gap: One of the most picturesque stops on the Inishowen 100 scenic drive. Famous for being part of the Poitín Republic of Urris story.
11. Enjoy Inishowen Traditional Music: Many pubs in Inishowen host live music sessions, so be sure to check out the local music scene while you're there.
12. Walk Alpacas: Take a walk with these gentle creatures and be amazed by the stunning scenery overlooking the Knockamenny Bens just outside Malin with Wild Alpaca Way. Endless fun and fantastic photo opportunities!
13. Visit Wild Ireland: Step back in time into an ancient woodland inhabited by extinct creatures to experience some of Ireland’s ancient lost wildlife. Walk among the ancient trees and encounter Bears, Wolves, Lynx, and Wild Boar on your journey through the past.
14. Visit the Inishowen Maritime Museum and Planetarium - A unique museum that tells the story of Inishowen's maritime heritage and offers an insight into the night sky.
15. Explore Inishowen’s Ancient Past: Inishowen contains many historical sites well worth exploring – from the O’Dochartaigh Castles to the many standing stones, monastic settlements and high crosses.
*More information on all of the above attractions can be found at the Go Visit Inishowen website or by doing a web search of the highlighted suggestions in the list.