Ireland: Glen Head Tower and Carrigan Head Tower
Visiting these towers on the Donegal Peninsula was one of the most
rewarding parts of my Ireland trip. They were both in gorgeous
settings with impressive cliffs and great scenery, there were no
fences to cross, and I didn't see anyone at either tower (although
there were a lot of people in the Slieve League parking lot next to
the Carrigan Head Tower).
** Glen Head Tower (near Glencolumbkille town)
I parked on the north end of the loop road that runs north out of the
small town of Glencolumbkille (Gleann Cholm Cille). From the road a
4x4 road runs north, leading to the tower. The route is marked by
The tower is above an impressive cliff with excellent views. Next to
the tower I found a lovely place to lay on my tummy and stare straight
down the cliff to the ocean.
** Carrigan Head Tower (near Teelin town)
The drive to this tower was the most enjoyable drive I had in Ireland.
The road is narrow, curvy, sometimes cliffy, and with steep ups and
downs. Sometimes the road goes up then down so it looks like the road
completely drops off.
I parked just east of the ravine that is before the parking area next
to Lough O'Mulligan (Slieve League parking area). A path leads down
the SE side of Carrigan Head to the tower.
I didn't know until later that I passed within a few hundred feet of a
cragging area that is near the tower. Apparently Sail Rock and Black
Rock are both approached via the same path that leads to Carrigan Head