Downpatrick Head

Downpatrick Head, Ballycastle: Address, Downpatrick Head Reviews: 5/5

Downpatrick Head
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Scenic Walking Areas
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Downpatrick Head is a place of spectacular scenic and geological importance. One of the noted locations on the West of Ireland's world renowned "Wild Atlantic Way". A tourist location not to be missed if you are in the area of north Mayo. The sea stack is one of the most photographed cliff areas in Ireland. A note of caution should be stated as the cliffs are extremely high with no barrier protection to preserve the natural views. View with extreme caution especially in windy conditions. Children should be held on to at all times. No dogs allowed. The site can be viewed during daylight hours.
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1-2 hours
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TomSean
County Cork, Ireland22 contributions
Great for the legs and the eye!
Jul 2021
You need a clear day for this as the landscapes all around are fab. And bing the camera or phone! It's only a short 15 min hike from the car park (where the toilets are unusable).
Written 27 July 2021
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Jessica Montgomery
Dublin, Ireland60 contributions
The Broken Fort is Amazing
Sep 2020 • Couples
This is a must see on the Wild Atlantic Way trip. We walked to the edge of (not strenuous) Downpatrick head and took beautiful photos of the cliffs, the blowhole and the Broken Fort. The views are gorgeous however there is no cliff barrier so care is needed. By far one of the best spots of the trip.
Written 24 September 2020
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Eva C
3 contributions
Spectacular site and sights
Aug 2020
A must visit site which will interest all ages, Sea stack, blowholes, ancient monument what more could one ask?
Written 30 August 2020
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levace
Gloucester, UK359 contributions
The POWER of Nature, One you have to see & FREE
Aug 2020
Looking at a picture of this bit of rock,,, Is NOTHING, compared to the real thing.
As it slowly comes into veiw, the craggyshape of every layer of stone, as you get closer, is breathtaking, especially with the soundtrack of the waves.
BUT, Don't think it's a one trick pony, The piller is not really the main attraction " in my opinion" The cliffs are, The way they are carved, is incredible, and around one bend there is a sort of cace, where the crashing waves, are having a great time !
Then theres another surprise, Because on the way back to the FREE CAR PARK, There is what appears to be a naff man made structure,,,,, Till you get there,,,, You will be wowed, I'm not telling you else no surprise !
PS only go with someone you trust,,,,,It would be easy to lose someone, as no barrier !!!
Written 19 August 2020
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astokes610
Dublin, Ireland10 contributions
Breathtaking
Aug 2020 • Friends
Breathtaking views of the wild Atlantic. Stunning scenery. Definitely worth the drive. Highly recommended.
Written 14 August 2020
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Hanlor
Drogheda, Ireland408 contributions
Worth a visit if in the vicinity
Aug 2020
Staying nearby in Ballina and stopped at "Dun Briste" on way to Ceide Fields. Had never known about this Sea Stack and think its well worth a visit particularly if interested in photography. Lots of different vantage points and its quite spectacular. Car park is in very close proximity so only a short walk. Cliff s are steep and anyone with vertigo should stay back! We were lucky to visit on a beatuifcul sunny and clear day. Might not be the same experience on a wet Wednesday in November!!
Written 10 August 2020
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UrbanAngel5
Belfast, UK281 contributions
Great place to visit
Jul 2020 • Solo
I was really glad I took the time to visit Downpatrick Head. Great views. Not many places like this in the world! Interesting geology, with really well demarcated strata in the rocks. Definitely the sort of place one imagines when thinking of the wild Atlantic way. See photos - they speak for themselves! (Take care with kids, no fences at cliff edges)
Written 24 July 2020
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Husk S
Dundrum, Ireland73 contributions
The true meaning of Awesome
Jul 2020 • Couples
This is a jaw dropping site but don’t just look at the sea stack!! There are precarious jagged cliff edges to explore as the Atlantic Ocean attacks them without shame. Also, see the war monument and be careful to with hole of death to the left of the side before the main entrance; this has been eroded over centuries. The landscape just before the sea stack is utterly unique; green bubbly soft grass. And last but not least, the little field of about 20 gorgeous cows to look at. This is a must if in Mayo!
Written 18 July 2020
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Browne
Dublin, Ireland33 contributions
Fab views.
Nov 2019 • Couples
Fab views over the coast
Very windy- be careful if you have young kids
On par with the Cliffs of Mother
One to do
Beaches- the waves are fantastic
Written 15 November 2019
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Kkbckk
Kilkenny, Ireland159 contributions
Breathtaking Views
Nov 2019 • Couples
If you are in the area you must visit here, it has amazing views of the Mayo coastline, a bit of a track to get to it, and not for the faint hearted or someone who does not like heights, as there is no barrier on the cliff face itself, I would recommend to visit though.
Written 10 November 2019
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