Banba’s Head, Malin Head, Co Donegal

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Enter Malin Head along the west side of the Wild Atlantic Way’s Inishowen Peninsula and continue to the tip called Banba’s Crown. “The Tower”, as it’s known locally, was built by the British in 1805 as part of a string of buildings right around the Irish coast to guard against a possible French invasion.

Banba’s Crown, named after the mythological patron goddess of Ireland, at the tip of Malin Head marks the most northerly point on the Irish mainland. The rugged coast is rich in wildlife, has an intriguing maritime history and offers some of the most dramatic panoramas along the epic Wild Atlantic Way.

This northernmost point of the Inishowen peninsula and the island off Ireland is named after Banba, the goddess of the Tuatha Dé Danann, the mythological tribe who lived in Ireland in ancient times. Banba and her sisters Ériu and Fódla became the patron goddesses representing…

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