Malin Head is Ireland’s most northerly point and a place of spectacular rugged beauty. Banba’s Crown, at the tip of the peninsula, is named after a mythological queen and attracts thousands of visitors, including some who’ve cycled from Mizen Head to Malin (Ireland’s southernmost and northernmost points). From here, you’ll see Inishtrahull and its lighthouse, with few places offering better viewings of the Aurora Borealis.
A former observation tower next to the car park was built during the Napoleonic Wars to deter French invaders. It later served as a Marconi signalling station and a Lloyds communication tower. Significant on-site investment has seen new paths built and information boards erected.
Malin Head’s coastline boasts many attractions including a spectacular subterranean cavern known as Hell’s Hole and a natural arch called Devil’s Bridge. It provided a location for the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ movie, parts of which were filmed on the rocky coastline west of Banba’s Crown.
There’s a small working harbour near ‘the Head’ and a sheltered sandy beach but currents and tides make most other local beaches too dangerous for swimmers.
Malin Head has something for everyone whether they’re walkers, anglers, photographers, geologists or botanists, and is close to the magnificent links of Ballyliffin Golf Course.