The Greencastle area is considered by many as “the jewel in the crown” of Inishowen or Inish Eoghan. The village itself is a hive of activity with the ferry over and back to Magilligan and the busy fishing pier as its hub. Greencastle is nestled between the beautiful rolling hills and the lovely Lough Foyle while the clouds and the sky are ever-changing according to “Derek Hill” the famous painter who made Donegal his home.
Inishowen (Irish: Inis Eoghain, meaning “Island of Eoghan”) is a peninsula in County Donegal and is the largest peninsula in Ireland. Inishowen is a picturesque location with a rich history and was the birthplace of Conor Larkin, one of the central characters in Leon Uris’s famous book “Trinity”. The peninsula includes Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head along with Lagg sand dunes which are reputed to be some of the highest in Europe. Grianán an Aileach, which stands at the entrance to the peninsula is a royal fort reputedly constructed by the Clan Uí Néill in the sixth century. Some of the many event and activities that can be enjoyed in Inishowen are highlighted on their tourism website, http://www.visitinishowen.com/.
Golf-Greencastle Golf Club which was founded in 1892 is a beautiful 18 hole links course on the banks of the Lough Foyle and is owned by the members. It is perfect for holiday golf with its soft hills and scenic views. Ballyliffin Golf Complex (30 mins drive) has two outstanding, contrasting links course and their 36 wonderful holes make up one of the finest golf resorts in Ireland (Ranked No. 1 Golf Complex in Ireland by Golf Digest Ireland). The Old Links hosted the European Seniors Tour in June 2008- The Irish Seniors Open.The Glashedy Links has hosted the Irish Inter-provincial Championships in 2006, the European Tour, North West of Ireland Open in 2002 and the Ladies European Tour Irish Open in 1998. Part of the successful North West Ireland team that won European Golf Destination of the Year 2011.
Walking-Moville to Greencastle shore path is a traffic free walk which follows the shoreline of Lough Foyle from the shorefront in Moville north east towards Greencastle. It is virtually level with only gentle inclines along the route. The route passes quiet beaches, elegant shore-front dwellings and a number of sites of historic interest. Wildlife is abundant and the views in all directions, particularly across the Foyle to County Derry are superb. As you explore Inishowen’s spectacular trails, you’ll discover one of Ireland’s most beautiful scenic regions. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and inspiring heritage. For such a small land mass, Inishowen has an amazing variety of landscape types forged by the differing geology that characterises the Peninsula. The trails have been designed to cater for walkers of all ages and are planned so that anyone should be able to walk them at their own pace.
Fishing-Go Fish in Inishowen! A Chance to Catch your own Inishowen Fresh Fish from Culdaff Beach. Rods, Bait and Instructor included in the price of €12 per hour per person.
Cycling-Hire, holidays and guided tours – catering for all your cycling needs! The most rewarding way to visit Malin Head is to take a guided tour by bike. Cycle through Inishowen and you will be rewarded with incredible coastal views or vast and varied landscapes. Take your pick from numerous routes, from the most leisurely to the most famous Inishowen 100 with it’s category 1 climbs. This authentic Wild Atlantic Way experience is so much more memorable than the view from a car window – try it and see!