This compact maritime museum, in the harbour home of a busy fishing fleet, is housed in the old coast-guard station. Outside are grand views of Lough Foyle above a monument to those lost while working at sea. The museum’s modest rambling exhibits focus on the everyday struggles, as well as the historical events, from Armada wrecks and Famine-era emigration to the heroism of the Irish lifeboat-rescue teams. There’s even an unusual Mesolithic exhibit. A small coffee, craft, and souvenir shop is at hand. Proving there’s a little bit of everything here, a planetarium has three shows daily; call ahead to confirm times.
The Greencastle Maritime Museum’s exhibits include a th century rocket cart used to aid survivors of wrecked ships; a traditional Fanad Curragh built with hazel rods, lathes and canvas; a wild fowling punt with a swivel gun and a Lough Foyle punt. The Museum also has a room devoted to the ships of the Spanish Armada which sunk off the Irish coast in 1588 and a room devoted to the part which Greencastle played in the history of emigration from Ireland in the 19th century.