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The Road to Heaven

The wise learn from the experience of others, and the creative know how to make a crumb of experience go a long way.

Eric Hoffer

(1902 - 1983)


The Road to Heaven is on Horn Head

Horn Head (Corran Binne, "Hollow in the Hills" in Irish) is a peninsula in Donegal, North West Ireland, close to Dunfanaghy. It forms part of Sheephaven Bay.

Archeological Significance


Horn Head has many remains of Neolithic stone circles, court tombs and passage tombs and prehistoric field boundaries.

Natural Heritage Area


Horn Head cliffs rise straight out of the water to a height of about 600ft/180m on the ocean side of the peninsula. They are an internationally important colony for breeding seabirds. Species include the European Shag and the Razorbill. It is designated as an Irish Natural Heritage Area and as a Refuge for Fauna specifically sea birds. Horn Head cliffs are also designated a Special Protection Area and a Special Area of Conservation by the Irish government.

McSwyne's Gun


McSwyne's gun is a blow hole on the West side of the peninsula. Previously, during storms, water could be forced through it to a height of 200-300 feet, with a noise that could be heard ten miles away. Although still functional, it is not as spectacular any more. Several people have been killed after getting too close and falling in.

Horn Head House


Horn Head house stands on the Sheephaven Bay side of Horn Head. It was built in the 18th century and was the largest house in the Dunfanaghy area. It was the seat of the Stewarts of Horn Head from the 1700's until 1935. It has been derelict since then.

Lookout Towers


Horn Head has remains of two lookout towers, one from Napoleonic times and one from World War II. Both give views of the Atlantic Ocean and Tory Island.


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Taken on December 30, 2008