It was in March on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day when we had our road trip to Malin Head. It is located on the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal, and is the most northerly point of the island of Ireland and the start/end point of the Wild Atlantic Way coastal touring route.
Initially we headed to Londonderry. But there was an intermittent rain. So we didn’t go to interesting places nearby. As the weather in Ireland is crazy, unpredictable, we decided to take another route. We took Malin Head route and reached past 6:00 pm. The weather wasn’t so perfect though; the sky was overcast with clouds and chilly winds were blowing.
Thank, God! Despite the weather we enjoyed His wonderful creation. We had taken some photos (at least) before it rained heavily. We may not able to witness the magnificent sunset and the awe-inspiring Northern Lights displays known as Aurora Borealis, yet we enjoyed the beauty of different phenomena brought about by the lightning and thunder. It was worth-traveling. Aurora or not, the night skies can be magical in Inishowen.
Ireland is located between the 52nd and 55th latitudes which makes it the perfect place to see the edge of the Aurora Borealis. While countries like Iceland and Norway often see the lights above them, in Malin Head you’ll get a beautiful view of them on or above the Northern horizon. The Northern Lights are one of the world’s great solar phenomenon.
Apart from the breath-taking view of Atlantic Ocean, you will find the tower at the very tip of the headland – it was known as Banba’s Crown (named after a mythical goddess of Ireland). It was built by the British in 1805 as a Napoleonic lookout tower to help defend against a possible French invasion. This location was vital for daily shipping as the coast line around Malin Head are some of the most treacherous waters in the world with over 400 ship wrecks being recorded. The Lloyds Insurance Group of London even used it to contact ships offshore – especially during WWI and WWII.
Not to mention the footsteps of the Jedi masters, the moment we arrived at the top I felt the power of this romantic landscape, where wildlife flourishes. Malin Head has always been linked to Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie. Though most of the scenes in the movie were filmed in Skellig Michael in County Kerry, where Rey finally discovered Luke. Other scenes were also handpicked to appear in the movie, few locations with the Wild Atlantic Way, such as Cork and Kerry to Clare and Donegal.
God made everything for a reason at the right time and right place. It wasn’t the perfect weather perhaps, but it was a reminder that there’s no perfect life but we can fill our life with perfect moments. It may not the perfect weather but we’ve created perfect memories.
Malin Head, we’ll definitely come back again.