“Ocean view” is a beautiful modern house set in a peaceful, rural location overlooking the Wild Atlantic Way in Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point. The house faces west and provides sublime uninterupted views of the ocean and the West Donegal Headlands. Spend a romantic evening watching while the sun dips below the horizon in front of you or the waves gently lap the coast and local fishing boats or an exciting storm which may blow up unexpectedly with large breakers charging ashore and an ever changing, panoramic sky.
Malin Head is located on the Inishowen Peninsula which is in the north east of County Donegal an area renowned for its ancient sites and monuments dating from pre Christian times, it’s rugged coastline and beautiful pristine sandy beaches, and it’s warm welcome in the many modern day visitor attractions, hotels and pubs.
Malin Head /Banba’s Crown (a couple of minutes drive from holiday house) famous for being the most northerly point in Ireland ,is an excellent place to start your Wild Atlantic Way journey, has spectacular scenery, with a stunning cliff top walk and views stretching for miles, to Inishtrahull island ( now uninhabited) with the lighthouse and on a clear day as far as the highlands of Scotland.
The “Tower” as it is known locally as was built by Lloyds of London and the commanding view from here has meant that the headland has been used as a lookout post since Napoleonic times. A remnant of much more recent times is the EIRE sign set out in stone nearby, which is said to have marked out the Irish territory for pilots during World War II. An important geological feature that can be clearly seen from the Tower is the raised beach. It is possible to access this beach from a roadway past the village and it is renowned for its semi -precious stones such as agates, Cornelian etc. If you chose to take a bracing walk along the cliff path your destination will be “Hells Hole”, a deep sea cavern with pounding waves rumoured to be endless! If you choose to traverse the rough terrain any further you will be rewarded with more towering sea cliffs and the Devils Bridge, so called because of the connecting rock formation over this sea cavern. This is definitely an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life with its windswept walks and if you are lucky enough to catch the mobile Café Banba on the site, you can enjoy a refreshing coffee with local home baked produce. The Tower is also a popular viewing point for the “ Northern lights”, a spectacle well worth keeping an eye out for, and reports on the likelihood of it being visible are to be found on the internet. Malin Head has lots of other attractions, it is a haven for birdwatchers with some rare species to be seen, ideal for walking, whale watching and angling, having two piers, Port Ronan and Portmore, being the aptly named larger port, is the main base of the local fleet which catches mostly crab and lobster for export and is home to the local fisherman’s co-op. This is always worth checking out for produce for sale and enquiring about boats for sea angling.
The area is also home to the Weather station, Coast guard radio station, the wee house of Malin, (a cave which is rumoured to hold all who enter it!) beside the ruins of an ancient church and holy well close by and Crockalough, a holy lake set at the top of a hill, which is also the site for a modern communications instillation.
Nearby the stunning view from the top of Knockamany Benns, overlooks the Five Fingers strand with Europe’s highest sand dunes and Lagg Church (built 1784) the oldest in Inishowen. It is surrounded by a graveyard which has been in use for hundreds of years and is shared by both the Catholic and the Presbeterian community, whose Church is a little further along the road to Malin. This elevated car park has a carved standing stone , but this is no ancient monument, it was erected during a recent film making venture and left on site for all to enjoy.
“Ocean view” holiday house is located within a few minutes drive from beach, the three local pubs, restaurant, coffee shop, curiosity shop, petrol pumps, post office and two shops, and mobile crafts outlet at the Tower during the busy holiday season.
MalinTown nearby( a quaint little plantation village with its attractive green in the centre) has a hotel with restaurant, fast food outlet, supermarket, shop, butcher shop, horse riding and a few lively pubs. A little further afield in Inishowen are world class golf courses, surfing, water-sports, craft shops museums, traditional music venues and renowned eating places, specialising in seafood and local organic produce. Inishowen is ideally situated for exploring the rest of the beautiful County of Donegal one of Ireland’s overlooked treasures and venturing into the historic city of Derry. Or you can even take a ferry from Greencastle to Malligan which gives you direct access to the Antrim coast drive, with lots of the recent locations used in the Game of Thrones series, ancient castles tumbling into the sea, rope bridge, spectacular glens and a world class heritage site at the Giants Causeway.