That Winter in Malin Head

Malin Head, renowned for its rugged coastal landscape and attractive beaches. It is located on the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal, and is the most northerly point of the island of Ireland and the start/end point of the Wild Atlantic Way coastal touring route.

Rugged coastal landscape of Malin Head

Initially we headed to Londonderry. But there was an intermittent rain. So we didn’t intend to explore further as the weather in Ireland is crazy unpredictable; so we decided to take another route. We took Malin Head route and reached past 6:00 in the evening. The weather wasn’t so perfect though; the sky was overcast with clouds and chilly winds were blowing.

Striking lightning over the horizon

Despite the windy and chilly weather, Malin Head still has something to offer. The breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean and magnificent horizon literally blew us away! You would also find the tower at the very tip of the headland – it was known as Banba’s Crown (named after a mythical goddess of Ireland). It was built by the British in 1805 as a Napoleonic lookout tower to help defend against a possible French invasion. This location was vital for daily shipping as the coast line around Malin Head are some of the most treacherous waters in the world with over 400 ship wrecks being recorded. The Lloyds Insurance Group of London even used it to contact ships offshore – especially during WWI and WWII.

Malin Head Signal Station

Not to mention the footsteps of the Jedi masters, the moment we arrived at the top I felt the power of this romantic landscape, where wildlife flourishes. Malin Head has always been linked to Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie. Though most of the scenes in the movie were filmed in Skellig Michael in County Kerry, where Rey finally discovered Luke. Other scenes were also handpicked to appear in the movie, few locations with the Wild Atlantic Way, such as Cork and Kerry to Clare and Donegal.

Signature Point of Malin Head

God made everything for a reason at the right time and right place. It wasn’t the perfect weather perhaps, but it was a reminder that there’s no perfect life but we can fill our life with perfect moments. It may not the perfect weather but we’ve created perfect memories.

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