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Downpatrick Head

2 miles North of Ballycastle | Co Mayo, Ballycastle, Ireland
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One of those --- " Wow just when feeling we've engaged all Irish variations of shore offerings" --- sites

Downpatrick Head, inclusive of its immediate complementary attractions, is amazing! Walking as... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2017
New York
Man’s got views

Wow just wow not far from my wife’s family home. It truly is Mother Nature at it best. The views... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2017
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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. The site is free to visit. Donations are possible via our website.
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“the cliff” (20 reviews)
“blow hole” (15 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
2 miles North of Ballycastle | Co Mayo, Ballycastle, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 November 2017

Downpatrick Head, inclusive of its immediate complementary attractions, is amazing! Walking as close as possible while maintaining a semblance of prudent care, becomes a battle of ever increasing approach avoidance conflict. There's a mix of timeworn fragile geology and more recent history, with significant sentimental...More

Thank preglad
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

Wow just wow not far from my wife’s family home. It truly is Mother Nature at it best. The views just go on for miles.

Thank Tonycpfc1
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Been wanting to see Downpatrick Head for years. When we finally did, we weren't disappointed! There is a large car park and there's no fee. It’s a nice, open walk from the car park to the edge of the head. Along the way, you pass...More

Thank Linerguy
Reviewed 23 September 2017

We were on a Sunday drive while on holidays in nearby Enniscrone. Looking for a walk with our dogs while driving through the village of Ballycastle we saw a sign directing us north on a little road for this cliff-top. You can drive to a...More

Thank GeorgeH478
Reviewed 21 September 2017

A lost place, a cold, windy and slightly rainy morning. No one on the cliff except us. The green moss under the feet, the far-off ocean, down there, roaring. That's what I call regenerating. The place is one of the most beautiful in Ireland, perhaps...More

Thank Flavio B
Reviewed 31 August 2017

Fabulous views. Sadly this particular attraction is suffering hugely from erosion and will some day disappear from view. Take the time to see it while you can. It really is a stunning view.

Thank UrsD1963
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Downpatrick Head is an extremely dramatic outcropping with incredible views of the rugged Atlantic coast. St Patrick himself is said to have established a church here, and a statue commemorates his presence in the area. You can still pick out traces of the ruins and...More

1  Thank Quasimama
Reviewed 26 August 2017

It's free and although it's a bit of a walk from the parking area, it was worth the walk to view this exceptional rock.

Thank Peyton_John
Reviewed 16 August 2017

My father first took me here in the 1950's and I was flabbergasted then, and each time I return I'm taken back to that time. The sight is fantastic and awe inspiring.

Thank Nancy-Walt
Reviewed 15 August 2017

There are cliffs, a sea stack, and a collapsed sea cave or two. A bit of WWII history with the lookout post and Eire 64 sign. It's worth a few minutes if you're passing.

Thank L3K
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17 August 2017|
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Response from thepod1981 | Reviewed this property |
Yes plenty of parking
Ciara H
7 July 2017|
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Response from Stuart M | Property representative |
Hello Ciara. So sorry for late reply and you may have already visited Down Patrick Head. No problem with small dogs but must be kept on a lead for your safety. Very high cliffs with no safety barriers. We do hope you can... More