Fanad Head

Letterkenny to Bunbeg

Leaving Letterkenny heading northwards along the banks of Lough Swilly you are thrust once again into the seclusion of the Donegal countryside. The Wild Atlantic Way rises gradually along the edges of the Knockalla mountain and offers marvellous views of Lough Swilly and Ballymastocker Bay. This particular bay is renowned for its three golden beaches and the British „Observer“ newspaper chose it as the second most beautiful bay in the world! At Fanad Head you will find the awe-inspiring Lighthouse towering over the wild waves of the Atlantic.

A unique spectacular stage of the the Wild Atlantic Way is the Atlantic Drive on Rosguill Peninsula. Here you can observe how the interaction of the elements of nature has been laid bare for all to see.

Another even more dramatic and tameless peninsula is Horn Head. The power of the omnipresent ocean is so evident in the bizarre shaped cliffs. From the old signal tower atop the cliffs again you have stunning views from Fanad Peninsula to Tory Island. Incidentally, Tory Island which lies 14 km off the coast still continues its old tradition of electing a king.