We left Derry and took the R238 a part of the Inishowen 100 coastal drive heading for Culdaff our overnight stop. With a communication misunderstanding between the driver and the navigator, when we reached Moville we didn’t take the R238 to Culdaff but continued to Greencastle where we had no option, apart from turning back to Moville, to carry along on the Inishowen 100 scenic route to Culdaff. This part of the drive is along a single track road with steep assents and descents, hairpin bends, grass growing down the middle of the road but stunning views along the way. We were pleased that it was early evening when we did this and did not meet any oncoming traffic. It really is worth the drive, though I wouldn’t recommend it in a motorhome longer than 7 metres or during the high season!
We reached Culdaff and parked at the far end of the beach in a little car park overlooking the beach and sea together with a small free library! There was already one other camper that was planning on staying overnight and it really was a very pleasant spot to wild camp.
The following morning we took the R238, R243 and R242 to Malin head, avoiding the coastal scenic route this time! The drive is still beautiful as the R242 runs alongside the water with fabulous scenery all around.
Malin Head is Ireland’s most northerly tip and extremely windy. There is a good made-up footpath to Hell’s Hole, a narrow cut out in the cliffs, a hot drink and snack catering van, toilets and of course fantastic views all around.
On our way back down we called in at Ballyhillin Beach and fishing harbour before continuing through Malin and Carndonagh to stop for a break at Ballyliffin and Pollan Bay, a beautiful stretch of sand with a car park and children’s play area.
Just past Clonmany we visited the Glenevin waterfall, a steady walk up the valley on another made-up path takes you to the waterfall.
Time to hit the road again and head for Buncrana. There are two routes from Clonmany to Buncrana, the scenic coastal road via Gap of Mamore or the R238, which is the one we took. However, I feel as it we have missed out on a very scenic drive.
We stayed overnight in the Motorhome Aire in Buncrana conveniently situated close to the Drift Inn pub serving good food, beer and music but as our luck would have it Karaoke on a Friday night, we were hoping to be entertained with some traditional Irish music. Another time, as I know we will be back to explore more of this beautiful country. The drive around the Inishowen Peninsula is also a part of the Wild Atlantic Way.
We are spending the next few days with relations so no more posts for me on this trip. It has been fabulous, great overnight stops, friendly people and stunning scenery. Can’t wait to return,