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Inishowen Peninsula/Ireland

Introducing Inishowen Peninsula

The Inishowen Peninsula reaches just far enough into the Atlantic to grab the title of northernmost point on the island of Ireland: Malin Head. It is remote, rugged, desolate and sparsely populated, making it a special and peaceful sort of place. Ancient sites and ruined castles abound, as do traditional thatched cottages that haven't yet been demoted to storage sheds.

Surrounded by vast sea loughs and open ocean, Inishowen (meaning Island of Eoghain, the same chieftain who gave his name to County Tyrone) naturally attracts a lot of birdlife. The variety is tremendous, with well over 200 resident and migrant species, including well-travelled avian visitors from Iceland, Greenland and North America. Irregular Atlantic winds mean rare and exotic species also blow in from time to time. Twitchers should check out Finding Birds in Ireland by Eric Dempsey and Michael O'Clery, or visit www.birdsireland.com.

For information on everything else, visit www.visitinishowen.com.