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The Horn Head Drive

Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal


If, while staying in Dunfanaghy, you only go out for one drive in your car, or your friend’s car, or some car that you have borrowed, then this is the one drive you should do.

Starting from the Market Square in Dunfanaghy, drive up the street until it bends, and turn right, along the Horn Head Road. Go across the long bridge which crosses the inlet, and keep going until you come to a branch in the road. Turn LEFT.

You now climb quite a steep hill, and when you come to the top, turn RIGHT. Drive on for a kilometre or so, pausing when you can, to look backwards towards the mountains, and sea.

Soon you come to a junction in the road, with a right turn over a cattle grid. Take note of this junction, but do NOT turn onto it, instead keep going straight for another kilometre or so until you come to a small car park.

Park the car, and if you are able, climb the 100 metres up to the little lookout post.

From here you have a 360 degree view over everything that Donegal offers. Look out to sea to Tory Island, in the distance to the right is the most northerly point of Ireland, Malin Head. Turning clockwise, you see the Rosguil Peninsula, beaches, then the mountains, Muckish and Errigal, The New Lake, Tramore, and back round to Tory Island.

Returning to your car, drive down to the junction noted earlier, and turn sharp LEFT. This road goes round in a circle and brings you back down to Dunfanaghy, passing several viewing points where it is definitely recommended that you pause. From the second of these viewing points it is possible to see six different beaches.

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