Malin Head Treasure
When I travel, I don’t buy a lot of souvenirs. Every now and then I’ll find something unique and delightful, but I’m not one to shell out for junk and knickknacks. Still, when I travel to exotic places like Ireland, I like to bring something back for my friends and family. Hiking out to Malin Head, Ireland’s northernmost point, way out on the Inishowen Peninsula, I found enough treasures to fill all my pockets. When I get home, everybody I know will get a little piece of Ireland!
The tip of the Inishowen Peninsula. I sat here for an hour, watching two seals that kept popping up in the water just beyond the rocks, watching me. So curious! Aquatic dogs, I think.
My ride, overlooking the Inishowen Peninsula. That’s Magilligan Point jutting out into Lough Foyle down below.
The start and finish of the Inishowen 100: a 100-kilometer driving/ biking loop around the Peninsula. It’s not really meant to be a race, seeing as the road is one lane, runs two ways and is really twisty and tremendously scenic. Definitely worth a savory drive!
The “R” in a massive EIR painted on Malin Head to warn pilots they were over neutral territory in WWII. Ballyhillin Beach, where I found all the rocks, is in the background.
One of many white stone glyphs spelled out on the ground around the EIR.
Ballyhillin Beach! I had the place all to myself.
Green Agate! I might have to keep this one.
By the time I walked all the way across the beach, all my pockets were full of rocks!
My week in Ireland has flown by! On to Dublin and then Scotland!