Donegal Photography Barnesmore Gap 3

Biddys o'Barnes Public House, Ardinawark, Barnesmore County Donegal IRELAND. in the Snow. The West Donegal Railway Company opened this line on 25th April 1882, the start of it's construction having been hampered by seven weeks of snowstorm. The line closed in 1959. The Railway ran alongside a ledge built into the hillside for part of its route through the Gap. Much of the trackbed can still be traced today, and is visible to all who visit Biddys. (Extract from Biddys website 2008)
Keadew Barnesmore County Donegal IRELAND Amazing Autumn.
Croaghonagh and Croaghconnellagh Barnesmore County Donegal IRELAND. Perfect Reflection in Lough Mourne.
Keadew Barnesmore County Donegal IRELAND. The evening shadows lengthen.
Biddys O'Barnes, Ardinawark Barnesmore Co Donegal IRELAND. After the ByPass! Biddys O'Barnes was by passed on Friday, June 1st 2001. The opening of a major new section of national primary roadway in Donegal known as the Clar-Barnesmore Gap scheme involved the construction of over 8km of a new single carriageway road at an overall cost of just over €19m.
Croaghonagh and Croaghconnellagh Barnesmore County Donegal IRELAND. Perfect Reflection in Lough Mourne.
Lough Carn, Lough Mourne County Donegal IRELAND. Captured from the top of Croaghonagh Mountain looking towards the Twin Towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar. The lesser known Lough Carn keeping company with Lough Mourne
Barnesmore Gap Co Donegal IRELAND. The Lowerymore River meanders through Barnesmore Gap on its’ way to Lough Eske, alongside the N15 and the Old Railway Line. Way up on the hills above Barnesmore Gap the Barnes River rises in Manmore Lake and flows down the mountain to Barnes Lough. It is here that the Lowerymore River or "An Lamhraigh Mhor" starts its journey to Lough Eske.
Hassans Ballydoyle Island Donegal Bay IRELAND Just before sunrise in Donegal Bay. Captured at Hassans showing Ballyboyle Island in Donegal Bay with Donegal Town and Barnesmore Gap in the distence.
Croaghconnellagh, Barnesmore County Donegal IRELAND Also known as Conall's Mountain, with a perfect reflection in Lough Mourne. In Irish it means Stack of Conall. Height: 523m
Keadew Barnesmore County Donegal IRELAND. Waterfalls join the Lowerymore River on its' way to Lough Eske near Biddys O'Barnes Public House.
Ballybofey Stranorlar County Donegal IRELAND. Aerial photo of Twin Towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar and surrounding townlands with Barnesmore Gap in the distance.
Barrack Hill Barnesmore County Donegal IRELAND. The photo shows what is left of the Barracks today. It is believed that the military outpost or barracks was set up about 1750. The company of Red Coats stationed here were used to patrol the Gap to keep the robbers and raparees away. The area above Barnes Bridge, became known as Barrack Hill. It is probable that this hill may have got its name from the Red Coat Barracks which was abandoned around 1800 when a more substantial Red Coat Barracks was set up in Stranorlar. At Barnesmore Gap in Barnesmore, Donegal, Ireland.
Barnesmore Gap County Donegal IRELAND. The main Donegal to Ballybofey road, the N15, with the meandering Lowerymore River and the old railway track running side by side through Barnesmore Gap County Donegal
Barnesmore Gap County Donegal Ireland. Sunset Reflections in Lough Mourne.
Croaghnageer Barnesmore County Donegal IRELAND. Also known as Cruach na gCaor, its' name in Irish means stack of the berries. Height: 571m. Lough Barnes also visible.
Croaghconnellagh Mountain Barnesmore County Donegal IRELAND. Cruach Conallach. A name in Irish meaning stack of Conall. Height: 523m
Barnesmore Gap County Donegal IRELAND. "Barnesmore Gap is that big opening between Croaghconnelagh (Conall Cullban of Tirchonaill's mountain) and Croaghonagh (Owen's mountain), it is the most outstanding feature of the Blue Stack landscape. Here in this very fine mountain pass the traveller is shut in between these two great hills as he wends his way along a really excellent road that traverses the Gap.These are rugged and gaunt grey mountains which, from a distance, give off a hue of blue, and for three miles on either side the traveller is between massive cliffs and yawning rents cut by streams racing down the mountain and falling into the noisy Lowerymore River. This river keeps company with the main road as far as Lough Eske where it joins the river Eske." (An extract from Biddys website dated 2008)
Lough Mourne County Donegal IRELAND If there was no rain there would be no rainbow!
Barnesmore Gap and Lough Mourne County Donegal IRELAND.
Croaghonagh Barnesmore County Donegal IRELAND. Croaghonagh Hill or Cruach Eoghanach a name in Irish 'stack of the Conal Height: 451m. The communication masts reside on the summit.
Barnesmore Gap County Donegal IRELAND
Barnesmore Gap County Donegal IRELAND. Barnesmore Gap is that big opening between Croaghconnelagh, in the picture, also called Conall’s mountain and Croaghonagh, also known as Owen’s mountain. It is spectacular. Add a little dusting of snow and it is out of this world!
Barnes Lough Barnesmore County Donegal IRELAND Barnes Lough with Croaghconnellagh rising steeply behind. Way up on the hills above Barnesmore Gap the Barnes River rises in Manmore Lake and flows down the mountain to Barnes Lough. It is here that the Lowerymore River or "An Lamhraigh Mhor" starts its journey to Lough Eske. Lough Doo, Lough Fad, Lough Amincheen, Lough Robin, Lough Nahoory and the most scenic of all, Lough Eske away in the distance.