Banba’s Crown, Malin Head, County Donegal, Ireland
Malin Head is Ireland’s most northerly point & these are the most northerly building on the mainland. The large tower to the right was named ‘Banba’ after the mythological patron goddess of Ireland. It was built by the British in 1805 as a Napoleonic lookout tower to help defend against a possible French invasion. It’s location was vital for daily shipping as the coastline around Malin Head are some of the most treacherous waters in the world with over 400 ship wrecks being recorded.
Malin Head is the best area in all of Ireland to observe the Aurora & Milky Way. This is due to it being so far north & there is nothing looking outwards to sea only total darkness. Total darkness with a clear sky & no light pollution is the secret to capturing great vivid photos of these two natural wonders of the heavens
I traveled here in hope of capturing the Aurora Borealis but was extremely fortunate to have captured both the Northern Lights & the Milky Way in one photo this particular clear night! It really was like a ballad of the heavens above me!