Fanad Head and Lighthouse, Fanad Peninsula, Co Donegal, Ireland

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: September 29, 2015
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Donegal
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Fanad Head on the Fanad Peninsula, Co Donegal in the north west of Ireland lies between Mulroy Bay and Lough Swilly and is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Driving along the peninsula you can view the spectacular landscape and especially the Great Arch, a spectacular viewing spot where grey seals and whales can be viewed off the coast. Photos by Raymond Fogarty

Fanad Head, Fanad Peninsula, Co Donegal, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland by Raymond Fogarty

Fanad Lighthouse, built in 1817 is a must see and has been voted the 2nd most beautiful lighthouse in the world after Lindau Lighthouse in Germany. The scenery, photo opportunities and walks surrounding the lighthouse are spectacular and the lighthouse itself has a visitor centre. There are no obvious or agreed origins for the name Fanad but people speculate that the name derives from an old Gaelic word Fana for 'sloping ground'. It is also referred to as Fannet or Fannett in older text. 

Fanad Lighthouse, Donegal, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland by Raymond Fogarty

1. Fanad Head and Lighthouse, Fanad Peninsula, Co Donegal, Ireland

Altitude: 8 m