Inishowen 100 Scenic Drive, Donegal, Ireland, Wild Atlantic Way – Top 10 Things to See and Do

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: December 2, 2013
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Donegal
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  • Distance221.99 km
  • Time0 s
  • Speed0.0 km/h
  • Min altitude1 m
  • Peak261 m
  • Climb1797 m
  • Descent1798 m

The Inishowen 100 scenic tourist drive is a 100 mile (160 km) signposted scenic driving route around the stunning Inishowen Peninsula, Co. Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way. The route passes most of the top tourist attractions and places of interest on the peninsula and there are great things to do at every turn from hiking to cycling, golf to fishing and from blue flag beaches to Whale watching and basking shark trips. Take this scenic driving route with you on our free App for iPhone and Android and share your photos on the ActiveMe facebook page.

Malin Head, Inishowen, Donegal, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland photo by Raymond Fogarty
Malin Head, Inishowen, Donegal, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland photo by Raymond Fogarty

It can be completed in a single day but is best enjoyed over several days. It was voted one of Irelands Top 10 Scenic Drives in the Irish Independent top 10 list by Pol O'Conghaile in 2010. 

Five Fingers Strand from Oagh Island, Inishowen, Donegal Wild Atlantic Way ccl.daz
Five Fingers Strand from Oagh Island, Inishowen, Donegal Wild Atlantic Way ccl.daz

It officially starts at Bridgend but you can join the route at any point really, from outside your hotel or guest house. At Bridgend there is a lay-by with a large map and information boards to get you familiar. From Bridgend, the first leg of the coastal route is along the coast of Lough Swilly passing Inch Island, Fahan (a blue flag beach), Fahan 18-hole Golf Course, Buncrana Town, Tullyarvan Mill (An interpretive centre tracing over 250 years of textile production), Dunree beach, Dunree Fort (military museum) and then turns inland for Mamore Gap (between the Urris Hills and Raghtin More mountain), Leenan Bay, Dunaff, Head, Tullagh Bay (a blue flag beach), through the villages of Clonmany and Ballyliffin and Ballyliffin 18-hole golf course.

Dunree Beach, Inishowen Donegal ccl.leppre
Dunree Beach, Inishowen Donegal ccl.leppre

From Ballyliffin the route passes the Isle of Doagh (famine museum) and onto the larger town of Carndonagh and Malin Town (of tidy town fame), past the spectacular Five Finger Strand and cliff top viewpoint at Knockamany Bens and lastly to Banba's Crown peninsula at Irelands most Northerly point Malin Head.

Tullagh Strand Beach from Binnion Hill, Inishowen, Donegal c.Trean House B&B
Tullagh Strand Beach from Binnion Hill, Inishowen, Donegal c.Trean House B&B

From this northerly point the only way is south ! so off you set passing Culdaff village and Culdaff Bay (yet another Blue Flag beach), the remote Tramone Bay, Kinnagoe Bay beach (unmissable), Lough Foyle and Shroove and onto Greencastle, Moville town, Quigley's Point and the Village of Muff where the road turns right and heads back to Bridgend where the journey started. Please see all the great attractions and things to do on our nearby lists.

Grianan an Aileach Stone Fort, Inishowen, Donegal ccl.dublinmolloy
Grianan an Aileach Stone Fort, Inishowen, Donegal ccl.dublinmolloy

A Cycling alternative to the Inishowen 100 route uses more rural back roads which are more suited to cycling. Take this scenic driving route with you on our free App for iPhone and Android and share your photos on the ActiveMe facebook page.

The Inishowen 100 scenic tourist drive is a 100 mile (160 km) signposted scenic driving route around the stunning Inishowen Peninsula, Co. Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way. The route passes most of the top tourist attractions and places of interest on the peninsula and there are great things to do at every turn from hiking to cycling, golf to fishing and from blue flag beaches to Whale watching and basking shark trips. Take this scenic driving route with you on our free App for iPhone and Android and share your photos on the ActiveMe facebook page.

Malin Head, Inishowen, Donegal, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland photo by Raymond Fogarty
Malin Head, Inishowen, Donegal, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland photo by Raymond Fogarty
It can be completed in a single day but is best enjoyed over several days. It was voted one of Irelands Top 10 Scenic Drives in the Irish Independent top 10 list by Pol O’Conghaile in 2010. 
Five Fingers Strand from Oagh Island, Inishowen, Donegal Wild Atlantic Way ccl.daz
Five Fingers Strand from Oagh Island, Inishowen, Donegal Wild Atlantic Way ccl.daz

It officially starts at Bridgend but you can join the route at any point really, from outside your hotel or guest house. At Bridgend there is a lay-by with a large map and information boards to get you familiar. From Bridgend, the first leg of the coastal route is along the coast of Lough Swilly passing Inch Island, Fahan (a blue flag beach), Fahan 18-hole Golf Course, Buncrana Town, Tullyarvan Mill (An interpretive centre tracing over 250 years of textile production), Dunree beach, Dunree Fort (military museum) and then turns inland for Mamore Gap (between the Urris Hills and Raghtin More mountain), Leenan Bay, Dunaff, Head, Tullagh Bay (a blue flag beach), through the villages of Clonmany and Ballyliffin and Ballyliffin 18-hole golf course.

Dunree Beach, Inishowen Donegal ccl.leppre
Dunree Beach, Inishowen Donegal ccl.leppre

From Ballyliffin the route passes the Isle of Doagh (famine museum) and onto the larger town of Carndonagh and Malin Town (of tidy town fame), past the spectacular Five Finger Strand and cliff top viewpoint at Knockamany Bens and lastly to Banba’s Crown peninsula at Irelands most Northerly point Malin Head.

Tullagh Strand Beach from Binnion Hill, Inishowen, Donegal c.Trean House B&B
Tullagh Strand Beach from Binnion Hill, Inishowen, Donegal c.Trean House B&B

From this northerly point the only way is south ! so off you set passing Culdaff village and Culdaff Bay (yet another Blue Flag beach), the remote Tramone Bay, Kinnagoe Bay beach (unmissable), Lough Foyle and Shroove and onto Greencastle, Moville town, Quigley’s Point and the Village of Muff where the road turns right and heads back to Bridgend where the journey started. Please see all the great attractions and things to do on our nearby lists.

Grianan an Aileach Stone Fort, Inishowen, Donegal ccl.dublinmolloy
Grianan an Aileach Stone Fort, Inishowen, Donegal ccl.dublinmolloy

A Cycling alternative to the Inishowen 100 route uses more rural back roads which are more suited to cycling. Take this scenic driving route with you on our free App for iPhone and Android and share your photos on the ActiveMe facebook page.