Lots to see and do
Inishowen boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland, including secluded, private coves, to long family-perfect strands and Blue Flag beaches. Lisfannon Beach is just a short walk from The Red Door and dozens of other beaches are just a short drive away.
St. Mura’s Cross, Fahan
Fahan is the site of the ancient Abbey of St. Mura founded in the early 7th century. St. Mura’s Cross is located in the graveyard near The Red Door and it is believed that this stone marks the saint’s grave.
Agnes Jones, Fahan
Agnes Jones was born in Cambridge in 1832 and came to Fahan in 1843, when her Father, a British Army Officer was transferred from Mauritius. She loved to visit the sick and yearned to become a nurse. She became a Nightingale Trainee in 1860, qualified in 1864, She was appointed superintendent of Brownlow Hill Workhouse in Liverpool and made such sweeping changes that her standards were taken as a model of good practice. She contracted Typhus and died in 1864 and is buried beside her Father in Fahan.
Inch Wild Fowl Reserve, Inch Island
Ireland’s premier wetland site, Inch Wildfowl Reserve is an internationally significant destination and staging ground for migrating birds from three continents. It is a Special Protected Area (SPA) under the EU birds’ directive. This area supports a large population of water birds, the most visible of these being swans.
Grianan of Aileach, Burt
Situated on a hill top 800 feet above sea level, Grianan of Aileach is probably the best known monument in Inishowen. Noted in the mythologies of Ireland, it seems the fort was first constructed around 1700 BC by the Tuatha de Danann.
O’Doherty’s Keep and Buncrana Castle, Buncrana
O’Doherty’s Keep was used more as a home than as a base for battle because of its relatively secluded position. In the 17th century after the plantation, Chichester leased it to Sir Henry Vaughan who lived here after alterations, until the building of Buncrana Castle, the adjacent manor house, in 1718. Wolfetone was held at Buncrana Castle after his capture in Lough Swilly.
Dunree Fort, Dunree
Dunree Fort was an important defensive site in history. Today however, its stunning natural beauty and abundant wildlife make it one of Inishowen’s most beautiful and peaceful locations.
Doagh Famine Village, Doagh Island
Doagh Famine Village is an outdoor museum that tells the story of life in the area from the Famine in the 1840’s, through the 1900’s to the present day. It depicts life in Ireland as it was, non-commercialised, interdenominational interspersed with humorous anecdotes of Irish life.
Glenveagh Castle and National Park, Churchill
Glenveagh National Park consists of 14,000 hectares of lakes, glens and woods including two of the largest mountains in Donegal, Errigal and Slieve Snacht. It is home to one of the largest herds of red deer in Europe. The Golden Eagle was reintroduced to the park in 2000, after becoming extinct 100 years ago due to over-hunting. The castle, built in 1870, has a four storey keep.
Derry City Walls, Derry
The only remaining walled City in Ireland, Derry is steeped in history and culture. The famous walls which date back to the early part of the seventeenth century have withstood several sieges, the most famous lasting 105 days. The walls encircle the old City and tours are available daily.
Bushmills Distillery, Antrim
Dating back to 1608, this is one of the world’s oldest distilleries. Visit this beautiful building and experience the craft and skill of making Irish Single Malt Whiskey. Learn about the secret of special water from St. Columb’s Rill, the malted Irish barley, triple distillation in copper stills and aging for long years in oak casks. No visit is complete without a complimentary glass of the ‘Water of Life’.
The Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Antrim
The Giant’s Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, is the only World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. Resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, this is the focal point of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has attracted visitors for centuries. It harbours a wealth of local and natural history.
Carrick-a-Rede boasts an exhilarating rope bridge experience. Fishermen originally erected the bridge to Carrick-a-Rede island over a 23m-deep and 20m-wide chasm to check their salmon nets. Today visitors are drawn here simply to take the rope bridge challenge!
Thanks to Inishowen Tourism and Northern Ireland Tourism for the information provided here.
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