On the tame side of the peninsula, Buncrana is a busy but appealing town with its fair share of pubs and a 5km sandy beach on the shores of Lough Swilly. You'll find all the local services you'll need here before heading into the wilds further north.
John Newton, the composer of Amazing Grace, was inspired to write his legendary song after his ship the Greyhound took refuge in the calm waters of Lough Swilly during a severe storm in 1748. He and his crew were welcomed in Buncrana after their near-death experience and his spiritual journey from slave trader to antislavery campaigner had its beginnings here. He went on to become a prolific hymn writer and later mentored William Wilberforce in his fight against slavery. For more information on the story, visit www.amazinggrace.ie.