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The "Inishowen 100" is one of Ireland's most scenic drives.
Its a 100-mile (160km) circular route around the Inishowen Peninsula in
North East Donegal. Bounded on three sides by water, the peninsula is
almost triangular in shape, between Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly and
bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north. With splendid coastal
scenery plus a good collection of ancient forts and monuments,
traditional craft centres, and a dozen or so friendly villages, many people
consider Inishowen to be a miniature Donegal. Scenic highlights include
Gap of Mamore, a scenic roadway that rises to a
height of 800 feet above sea level before following a twisting corkscrew
descent with panoramic views of the entire northern coastline;
Head, Ireland's most northerly point; and
Fort Dunree - a
magnificent viewing outpost.
The Inishowen 100 officially
starts in Bridgend on the Inishowen Peninsula. The scenic
drive first takes you past Inch Island and
Buncrana Town on the
shores of Lough Swilly. This town has a 5km long beach and is an
popular holiday resort. The remnants of
Buncrana castle and OíDoherty Castle are worth a visit. On leaving
Buncrana take the R238
road and turn left, following the signs for Inishowen 100 and
Mill. This mill has an interpretative centre tracing over 250
years of textile production in the Buncrana area.
From here go north turning left for the renowned Mamore Gap, which
offers breathtaking views of the northerly coastline. At the bottom of
the gap, keep left for the Inishowen drive through the village of Dunaff.
Ballyfiffin, where you will find good
beaches, sea angling and superb golf.
Continue on for
Carndonagh where there are several ancient monuments.
Drive on the R238 to
Malin, a former National Tidy Town winner, where a
10 arch stone bridge crosses Trawbreaga Bay. Follow the Inishowen 100
Malin Head, Irelandís most northerly point, with a wild sea
ravaged coast and stunning seascapes.
Malin Head, past the meteorological station. Wee House
of Malin is signposted left and is a short detour to a hermitís rock
cell cut into a cliff, beside a cottage ruin.
Return to the Inishowen 100 drive, towards
Culdaff, a resort village.
Follow the Inishowen 100 sign from Culdaff, along a narrow road with
splendid views. Continue to the fishing village of
turning left at the T- junction, and on to Moville. From
R328 brings you to
Redcastle - along the shores of Lough Foyle. As you
continue driving south to
Muff you will see
Derry City in the distance.
Take the R239, following the Burnfoot and Bridgend signs. At Burnfoot,
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