Malin Head In County Donegal is the most northerly point in the island of Ireland and is on the route of the Wild Atlantic Way. This area of Donegal is pretty barren but the scenery is fantastic. If you’re in the area, you should go and visit. and take a walk along the coast.

The northern most tip of the area is known as Banba’s Crown and is about 10 miles north of the village of Malin. The site has a long history related to communications and there are still the remains of two towers on Banba’s Crown, one is a watch tower and dates from 1805 and the Napoleonic Wars. The other is a little more recent and is a signal tower which dates from around 1902.

Weather reports, which were so important to local and international shipping, were first recorded at Malin Head in 1870. It then became a Signal Tower for Lloyds of London using semaphore to connect with ships at sea and the lighthouse on Inishtrahull Island lying to the northeast of here.

In 1902 the Marconi Company succeeded in sending the first commercial message by wireless from Malin Head to the ship S.S. Lake Ontario thus establishing Malin Head as an important staging post for future trans-Atlantic communication.

In 1910 the Signal Tower was believed to have sent the message that resulted in the arrest of the murderous Dr. Crippin as he sailed towards Canada along with his mistress Ethel Le Neve. The Station also exchanged wireless telegraphs with the Titanic on Monday April 1st 1912. The Titanic was conducting her sea trials and tested her Marconi equipment with the Malin Head station. The station received a greetings message from John G. Phillips and Harold Bride, radio operators on board, on behalf of the newly constructed ship, the largest liner in the world at the time.

I visited Malin Head while on a trip to county Donegal. I plan on going back again to explore a bit more and take more pictures. If you want to see the real Ireland, don’t hang around too long in the likes of Dublin or Belfast, get out into the countryside!

From Banba’s Crown, you can see markings on the ground a short distance away, reading ‘Eire 80’. This is a ‘neutrality’ marker, dating from the second world war and was one of 83 along the coast. They were manned by the Coastal Watch, which was setup to guard against the invasion of Ireland.

See my Gallery, for more pictures from Malin Head


If you want to get some good views of the coast, there’s a small car park just a round the coast a bit from Banba’s Crown, where you can get great views down the coast of Donegal. The map shows the location.