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Gortnamullan, Malin Head, Inishowen, Donegal,
Mrs Mary Houghton
Gortnamullan Cottage is located in Malin Head at the northern most tip of the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route. A spacious four bedroomed cottage, can accommodate ten guests and has spectacular views of the picturesque Whitestrand Bay and Harbour.
Gortnamullan Cottage is a spacious, modern four bedroomed cottage, nestled in the idyllic, rugged coastal surroundings of Whitestrand Bay in Malin Head at the northern most tip of the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route.
The cottage has two double bedrooms on the ground floor, one of which is ensuite, two upstairs bedrooms with double and single beds. The cottage can sleep ten guests.
A spacious living room with an open fire and a well equipped kitchen and laundry room combine to create a home away from home environment. Bed linen and towels are supplied at no extra cost.
There is a variety of activities and attractions on offer in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, diving, kayaking, surfing and fishing are just a five minute drive away. Basking sharks, dolphins and seals may be seen at Portmore pier and Easky Bay. The surrounding area is a haven for cyclists, walkers and birdwatchers alike and is one of the few remaining areas in Ireland where you will still hear the corncrake bird calling during the short midsummer nights.
A five minute drive will also take you to the most northerly point of Ireland called Banba's Crown, named after an early pre-Christmas pagan Queen. From this elevated point you have a magnificent view of the surrounding area. The Admiralty Tower at Banba's Crown was built in 1805 as a Llyods Signal Station and was used as a lookout point in the two World Wars. From Banba's Crown you can see Tory & Inistrahull Islands, Horn Head and Bloody Foreland. A medieval derelict church called the Wee House of Malin, dating back to the 16th Century is well worth a visit.
There are many beautiful beaches. The nearby Five Finger Strand has the largest sand dunes in Europe and here, at low tide the wreck of the Twilight ship is clearly visible. Horse riding is available locally near Malin village and takes place on this beautiful strand.
Many recent visitors who came especially to view the famed Northern Lights, have been enthralled at the spectacular red and green shimmering lights of the Aurora Borealis in the skies over Malin Head.
This vibrant local community is well served with a cafe, restaurant, bars, post office and supermarket. In summertime, Portmore Pier is a hive of activity. Here are the Fisherman's Co-Op you can purchase live crab, lobster and mussels.
A fifteen minute drive will take you to the Doagh famine village where you will get a sense of what people endured and how they survived during the irish famine of the 1840s. A short distance further along this road you will return to the twenty first century when you enter the renowned Ballyliffen golf course.
On the eastern side of the peninsula the Greencastle - Magilligan ferry provides easy access to the Northern Ireland coastal attractions.