A special edition of the National Geographic Traveller was released today highlighting the many charms of Donegal, a county voted the worlds coolest destination in 2017. A striking image of Ireland’s Most Northerly Point; Malin Head greets the reader, see below.
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The Great Outdoors At Malin Head, Inishowen, Donegal
The special edition supplement features a number of stunning locations across Donegal which includes, Malin Head, pictured below, Doagh Famine Village, Fort Dunree, Slieve League, Fanad Lighthouse and Glenveagh National Park. On route to Malin Head the article describes the unique journey to the top of Ireland;
As you make your way around the 100 mile circuit of the scenic Inishowen Peninula you will find many attractions and distractions on the journey to Irelands Most Northerly Point
Wild drive reaches its climax at Malin Head, the northernmost extremity of Ireland and a familiar namecheck on gale-warning shipping forecasts. The gnarled headland tip is named Banba’s Crown after a Celtic goddess, though its true cosmic spirit is best revealed when winter skies swirl with Northern Lights ~ Zoe McIntyre
Donegal By Foot ~ National Geographic Coverage
The edition highlights the rugged Wild Atlantic coast surrounding Donegal, its trails and food culture. Among the trails discussed was the Inishowen Head Loop, picture below, a route that will take you along the coast through rich countryside and bogland.
The award winning quality of food and culture in the Inishowen Peninsula didn’t go unnoticed as McGrorys Hotel in Culdaff and Seafood Chowder World Champions Nancy’s Barn in Ballyliffin were praised for their food and entertainment.
The feature also drew attention to Inishowens cultural landscape;
Those with an interest in military history will want to visit Dunree Military Museum near Buncrana and further along at the Doagh Famine Village, an outdoor museum, provides a thought proviking insight into the areas of history from the tragic famine in the 1840s up until the present day
The majestic Mamore Gap did not go unnoticed, a route with unforgettable views of the Inishowen coast and countryside.
It’s a steep drive over this mountain pass followed by a clutch-burning hairpin descent past wayside shrines as views of Lough Swilly’s weathered shores unfold ~ Zoe McIntyre
Among the outdoor activities highlighted within the article was horse riding along Tullagh Bay, see below, a stunning stretch of coast in Inishowen. One of many golden beaches dotted around the rugged Inishowen coastline.Explore Inishowen, Donegal
The Donegal coastline is truly spectacular a county full of culture and hidden gems, a place that will have you returning time and time again.