Connemara and County Mayo Travel Guide

Connemara and County Mayo Sights

Downpatrick Head

  • Beach–Sight

Published 01/20/2010

Fodor's Review

On a clear day you can see the dramatic sea stack at Downpatrick Head in the distance from the Céide Fields Visitor Centre. It is worth getting closer. This rivals the far more famous (and bigger) Cliffs of Moher as an experience of nature in the wild. Wild Atlantic Way signposts lead you to a gravel car park a short walk across rough grass from the cliffs. Keep a tight hold on your kids: the unfenced cliffs rise 126 feet above the sea, and the wind can be strong. The sea stack, known in Irish as Dun Briste (the Broken Fort) is 262 feet offshore and rises to a height of about 164 feet. The sea has undermined the headland and spouts up to great heights through impressive blowholes, which are fenced off for safety. The sea stack was inhabited until the 14th century when nature rendered it an island. In May and June the cliffs are covered in sea pinks and nesting seabirds.

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, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Published 01/20/2010


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