Kilcummin Head

OSI Discovery Series – Map No 24

G 210 380

This is an excellent site for sea watching, especially in the autumn when there is a strong northwest or west wind. This is an exposed site; so bring raingear and something to sit on.

The cliff top is not suitable for children.


From Ballina, take the R314 through Killala, after 3.5km turn right over Palmestown Bridge, then immediately right. Travel a further 3km to Ballinlean / Kilcummin pier. The pier area can also contain unusual birds – so check it out. Then continue up the hill, taking the next right, continue up the track to the car park.

Click here for seawatching reports from 2008 :

Neighbouring Sites include:

Downpatrick Head

Killala Bay

Autumn Seawatching (especially from late August to early October):

The following can be seen if weather conditions are favourable:

• Manx, Sooty and Balearic Shearwater

• Storm & Leach’s Petrel

• Grey Phalarope

• Shag

• Arctic, Pomarine, Great and Long-tailed Skua

• Common and Arctic Tern

• Red-throated and Great Northern Diver

• Fulmar

• Sabine’s Gull

• Little Gull

• Puffin

• Little Auk

• Black Guillemot and Guillemot

Rare / Scarce / Unusual Birds:

7 Little Auk (Nov 2021)

Fea’s-type Petrel (July 2021)

Long-tailed Skua (Sept & Oct 2020)

Wilson’s Storm Petrel (Sept 2017)

Black Tern, Long-tailed Skua, Great Sheawater, Little Shearwater (1999, 2004)

Cory’s Shearwater, Snow Bunting, Lapland Bunting, Black-browed Albatross, Wilson’s Storm Petrel (1986, 2004)

Significant Reports include:

October 2008 – Maximum numbers reported

300+ Pomerarine Skua

800+ Grey Phalarope

8 Sabine’s Gulls

139 Great Skua

100 Arctic Tern

Sooty & Manx Shearwater with some Balearic

Pink-footed Goose

Little Gulls

On land – Snow Bunting