Horn Head, Dunfanaghy

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Horn Head is a peninsula in Donegal, North West Ireland, close to Dunfanaghy. It forms part of Sheephaven Bay.
Horn Head has many remains of Neolithic stone circles, court tombs, passage tombs and prehistoric field boundaries.
Horn Head cliffs rise straight out of the water to a height of about 600 ft/180 m on the ocean side of the peninsula. They are an internationally important colony for breeding seabirds. Species include the European shag and the razorbill. It is designated as an Irish Natural Heritage Area and as a refuge for fauna specifically seabirds. Horn Head cliffs are also designated a Special Protection Area and a Special Area of Conservation by the Irish government.
McSwyne's Gun is a blow hole on the west side of the peninsula. Previously, during storms, water could be forced through it to a height of 200–300 feet with a noise that could be heard ten miles away. Although still functional, it is not as spectacular any more. Several people have been killed after getting too close and falling in.
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  • stop in the parking lot, and walk a little, to find yourself at the top of the cliffs with a view of the Atlantic, beautiful if possible to do in the morning, to have a minimum of people
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  • This morning hike for our group had my fingers tingling because of the height and drop off cliffs. Don't let me discourage you, Horn Head provides some glorious views while you hike the trail. The tra...  more »
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  • Stunning views and lovely walk. Limited parking but definitely highly recommend the visit
  • What a stunning view! It is very windy so be prepared!
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