The Rugged Coast & Fjords
Visit Donegal to discover to one of Ireland’s coolest regions. This off-the-beaten-track corner of Ireland has more than 450 km of coastline. One of the most dramatic parts of Donegal’s coast is Malin Head, a jagged, other-worldly outcrop that also happens to be Ireland’s northernmost tip – the looped walk around the headland is short but breath-taking.
The devilish Horn Head (named for its dual horn-like points) is blanketed with golden- and violet-coloured moors and Horn Head’s coastal hiking trails offer some of the best panoramas in Donegal. On the other side of fjord Lough Swilly, Fanad Head and its picturesque lighthouse make for a lovely excursion. In southern Donegal, experience the majestic Slieve League cliffs – see more below.
Donegal is also home to one of three Irish fjords – natural inlets formed by submersion of ancient glacial valleys with mountains or cliffs rising on either side. Witness this incredible phenomenon yourself at Lough Swilly, the fjord that divides the Inishowen Peninsula (home to Malin Head) and Fanad Head.