One of Donegal's best kept villages, Malin Town is a 17th Century plantation village overlooking Trawbrega bay, towards the north of Inishowen. The village has won numerous 'Tidy Towns' awards, something the locals are fiercely proud of.
The village is picturesque and well kept, with Ireland's second longest stone bridge, and it's ten arches spanning the bay providing the main route into the village. Not far away is the idyllic Lagg Chapel, Lagg beach and the famous Five Fingers strand, where Trawbrega Bay meets the Atlantic, on the coastal route to Malin Head. Five Fingers Strand boasts some of the highest sand dunes in Europe.
It is also the site of the wreck of the 'Twilight' which sank in 1889 on it's way from Newfoundland in Canada to Derry, and can still be seen at low tide, a fate similar to many other vessels in this area.
The area is also a designated wildlife sanctuary, and an area of significant ornithological importance, it is an excellent location for birdwatchers.
Steeped in history, Malin is home to the oldest Roman Catholic Church, still in use, in Ireland, and at it's entrance you will find an ancient 6th Century Baptismal font. Above the Church, and on your way to Malin Head, you will also pass over the Kockamany bends, which provides for some of Ireland's most stunning scenery.
Malin is only a short drive to lots of other villages including Culdaff, Ballyliffin and Clonmany, and Carndonagh. The main hotel in the town is the Malin Hotel, and it's Jack Yeats restaurant. There are several other pubs in the town, and you will never be short of the atmosphere of the traditional Irish pub on your visit to Malin.
PLACES TO STAY IN MALIN TOWN
THINGS TO DO IN MALIN TOWN
PLACES TO EAT IN MALIN TOWN
NIGHTLIFE IN MALIN TOWN
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