Inishowen Peninsula – Derry to Malin Head Directions
0 to 10km
Emerging from the bus station on Foyle Street, turn left (south – you may need to walk for the first few metres) and take the first right turn, just before the roundabout.
At the crossroads at the top, go through the arch and staight ahead. This brings you to The Diamond.
Keep left around the diamond and take the second exit, Butcher Street, as if you were going straight through.
You go through another arch and then down Fahan Street. At the bottom of the hill, turn right at the murals and the Free Derry sign. Take the first left turn after this, a few yards away.
After 300m, take a left just before the first roundabout, on the road that goes to the left of the cathedral.
You go up a long hill, through a roundabout and then the road curves right as you leave the city. Take the left turn just after this bend, marked Glenowen.
You keep uphill, past an estate entrance on the right, then take the next right which is a narrow road.
This road is straight [5km marker] for 3.9km and crosses into the Republic, just before you pass the first crossroads.
After the crossroads, take the next left and you will see the hill of the Grianan of Aileach on your right. Stay on this road as it slowly curves around the mountain. It joins another road where you keep right at a fork and go up the hill.
10 – 20km
The entrance to the Grianan of Aileach is on your right.
Continue the way you were going and go down the hill until you reach a t-junction, where you turn left. Continue downhill and you reach the N13. Go right and then immediately left to continue in the direction you were going.
Soon after, stay on the road as it swerves right [15km marker]. You will then reach a t-junction with the R239. Go left, signed Buncrana. After 200m the road becomes the R238.
Continue straight through Burnfoot. It is 5km to the village of Fahan.
20 – 30km
Stay on the main road as you go through Fahan. You pass a couple of beaches [25km marker] on your left on the way to Buncrana. As you reach the village take the first exit on the roundabout there (the first roundabout you reach). You then cross a bridge.
After crossing the bridge the road turns away from the beach and right. Take the first left on St Mary’s Road. At the first small roundabout keep straight ahead. Buncrana Main Street is on your right, but ignore it.
After the roundabout, take the third left and immediately go over a stone bridge and up a hill. Saint Mary’s Church in Cockhill is a few hundred metres ahead on the main road, before turning left.
30 – 40km
Then go down the other side and through a crossroads.
Go uphill again to a t-junction and turn left. Follow the road as it bends left, signed the Gap of Mamore. Keep on this road and follow the signs [35km marker] for Fort Dunree.
When you reach small bay, it is on the headland to your left.
Going right at this junction leads toward the Gap of Mamore. The road will soon fork. The main road goes left but you take the right turn to go straight ahead. Go up a short, steep hill and turn left at the t-junction.
40 – 50km
The road is straight for 3km until you reach a small stone bridge and the Gap of Mamore is the first turnoff to the left and is signed. You can see the Gap itself. It is a hard 1.6km to the top from here.
After rolling down the other side, stay with the road as it turns right. Ignore [45km marker] any turnoffs. 4.2km after the bottom of the gap, you reach a t-junction, where you turn right.
50 – 60km
Stay on this road for 4.0km and you reach Clonmany.
Go straight through Clonmany until you reach the church and cemetery. Turn left here, signed Carndonagh [55km marker].
Take the first right turn, at a crossroads. Go op a hill and down the other side to a t-junction, where you turn right. Soon after you take the first left.
This area is very remote. After several turns another road joins from the right. Take this road, making a hairpin turn.
60 – 70km
Take the first left on a poor surface. After several bends you go straight down a hill, with views of the sea ahead.
When you reach a t-junction at the bottom of the hill, turn right and immediately turn right again on a narrow road.
Continue until you reach a t-junction. Turn left here and then right at the t-junction with the R238.
After [65km marker] a few hundred metres, take the first left on a narrow road. At this junction you are 3 km from Carndonagh, but we don’t go there.
In 3.0km you reach a t-junction at Benduff townland where you turn left.
After turning left you head north. The road curves along the coast.
70 – 80km
You cross a low bridge into Malin. Immediately after this, take the first left turn. This road goes out along the coast again [75km marker]. When the road starts going uphill, ignore the turnoff to Five Fingers Strand.
Take the first left turn on the hill and then go left again at the first crossroads. This narrow round winds around Dunargus, offering some lovely views.
80 – 88km
Continue on around the headland. When you reach a t-junction at the bottom of a hill, go left and you ride past a stony beach. A few metres later, keep left at a turnoff.
You come to a t-junction with the R242. Turn left. Stay on this road and follow it [85km marker] all the way to Malin Head. You pass beside the coast and then climb a small hill.
After several corners, you take the next paved right turn to Malin Head.