Malin Head

Malin Head


Irelands Most Northerly Point

Located at N55.22.861 W007.22.420 at a height of 187 feet (57m) above sea level. Malin Head (In Irish: Cionn Mhálanna) at the tip of the Inishowen peninsular in County Donegal is the most northern point of Ireland that has a rugged landscape and had a long history of communication with ships.
Banba’s Crown

The Tower, as it is known locally, stands in a commanding situation at Ireland’s most northerly point known as Banba’s Crown. In Irish mythology, Banbha, sometimes written as Banba in English, daughter of Ernmas of the Tuatha Dé Danann, is the patron goddess of Ireland.

Considering this is Ireland’s most Northerly point, it is only fitting that the area be named "Banbas Crown" after an Irish mythological Queen.

The head's rocky, weather-battered slopes feel like they're being dragged unwillingly into the sea. It's great for wandering on foot, absorbing the stark natural setting. The area is renowned for the welcoming of the friendly local people, epic coastal scenery, thriving birdlife and plenty of historical significance.

It’s location was vital for the daily shipping as the coast line around Malin Head are some of the most treacherous waters in the world with many hundreds of ship wrecks being recorded. There are more ocean liners and German U-boats sunk off this stretch than anywhere else in the world and the majority of them were casualties of World War 1 & 2.

If you visit Malin Head and prefer to stay on dry land, go for a ramble on Banba’s Crown by following the western path from here to Hell’s Hole. This dramatic chasm is 250 metres (820 feet) long and 8 metres (26 feet) wide.

The Lloyds Insurance Group of London used Malin Head to contact ships offshore – especially during World War 1 & 2.

This entire area is also of global significance to geologists as it has Ireland’s oldest rocks, 4 levels of ancient shoreline and the highest sand-dunes in Europe.