Malin Head

The Top of Ireland



House for Sale

The house pictured in the slide show above, what may be Ireland's most northerly house, is for sale for the first time since being built in 2001.

Known as "Solas Tobann," Irish for "Sudden Light," it is owned by an author and his wife.

Situated on about one-third acre, it has three large bedrooms, with two en suite. Additionally, there is a large, central, bathroom with a shower and tub. It is the place written about in the book, "Real Irish Fairies of Donegal," available on and others.

A half-bath is off of the laundry/utility room, which has a separate entrance.

An exceptionally large bathroom, and even larger dining/living-sitting room is lit by two chandeliers.

High ceilings throughout, double glazing, a view of the ocean and the Tower at Banba's Crown, oak veneer flooring in the hall and living/dining room make this a unique house.

A new gas combi-boiler supplies both heat to radiators and endless hot water. The metered gas storage tank is underground.

The sitting room has a fireplace, with a new gas log.

Viewing by appointment only. To schedule, click HERE.

Price: €399,000. BER 106866833. Click HERE to view the Building Energy Rating (BER). Photographs to follow.


Malin Head—Ireland’s northernmost point. Malin Head, at the top of County Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula, is farther north than Northern Ireland.

Topped by the hill known as Banba’s Crown, named after one of the three legendary

Queens of Ireland, Banba’s Crown has “the Tower,” a keep-like structure built by the Royal Navy in the early 1800’s. It was built to watch for Napoleon’s Navy, and communicated to another tower across Lough Swilly to the west, and via a system of signals, to Dublin and beyond.

Around the tower are the remains of lookout posts, used during the two world wars, and the concrete shell of a building that was the site of a Marconi wireless station in the early part of the 20th Century.

After the Royal Navy, the tower was leased to Lloyd’s of London, and acted as the first facility to spot Transatlantic ships sailing to England, sending word that they were safe—and Lloyd’s would not have to pay an insurance claim!

During World War II, known as “The Emergency” in Ireland, neutral Ireland placed large, white-painted rocks below the tower, spelling out “EIRE,” Irish (“Éire”—pronounced, “air-ah”) for “Ireland.” This signaled to the belligerents that they were over the Republic of Ireland, and, perhaps, “please do not bomb us!”

A recently-completed upgrade to walking and cycling paths at Banba’s Crown take you along the rocky coast to Hell’s Hole and other scenic sites.

There are natural stone arches, sea caves and other interesting sights near Banba’s Crown.


Latest News

13 March 2014

St. Patrick's Day, 2014

Recent Articles

The Inishowen Independent newspaper headlined “€1.3M Plans for Marine Centre at Malin Head.” “An ambitious plan to establish and develop Ireland’s first national marine park, biosphere, fishery reserve and an associated ocean centre at Malin Head would be a major boost for all of north Donegal.”

The plan could take five to ten years to come to fruition, according to the article.


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30 September 2014

Visitors and Malin Head locals are watching with fascination as the County Council is building a lookout/observation platform on Banba's Crown, at the precise site where the semaphore mast was located in the early 1800's. As there doesn't appear to be a planning application, no one--here, anyway--knows what it is all about. For today's view of what it looks like, from Ground Zero, click HERE.

The tower at Banba's Crown was lit with green lights in honour of Saint Patrick.

Lights were on both the 16th and 17th of March 2014.

The slideshow picture was taken on 17 March 2014. The entire photo is shown on another page.

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Donegal County Council have posted signs advising that plans are available in Carndonagh for improvements to be made on Banba's Crown, Malin Head, including a toilet block, storage, parking for two buses and cars, disabled parking and a waste water treatment facility. have posted the entire printed plans, including colour maps, available here at no charge.

Click HERE for the PDF file.

(The PDF file is very large; allow ample time to download.)


Like most websites, this one is never finished. It is offered as a public service and a way to promote Malin Head.

You'll find stories about the area, the people in and around Malin Head, and items we hope you find of interest.

Feel free to contact us with any suggestions, comments, and even complaints.

It is not meant to be in competition with other area websites, such as the nice people at, and others.

Joseph Greenleaf,

Around the Head

Sunset at Banba's Crown

Black Lamb

"Fierce" Moth


The "black sheep of the family," a wee black lamb gambolling in a field at Malin Head.



This moth, photographed at Malin Head, looks fierce, with huge eyes, designed to frighten birds and other predators. It is, of course, harmless.



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