The Centre of County Donegal, where north meets south. It's an extraordinary sight whether you see it from Donegal town or coming south from Ballybofey. Barnesmore Gap. The Autumn colours add even more to the already spectacular scenery of this landscape. The main Donegal to Ballybofey road, the N15, with the meandering Lowerymore River and the Old Railway Line running side by side through Barnesmore Gap. Beyond in the distance is Lough Mourne.
Lough Mourne, County Donegal runs along the road between Ballybofey and Donegal Town just before the two mountains that saddle Barnesmore Gap on the north side. The mountains either side of the road through the Gap are called Croagh Connelagh (Connall's Mountain) and Croagh Oonagh (Owen's Mountain). The lough is around 5km/3 miles from the mountains of the Gap.
Barnesmore Gap is spectacular, but add some snow and its out of this world. It's that big opening between Croaghconnelagh, in the picture, also called Conall’s mountain and Croaghonagh, also known as Owen’s mountain. Reflections in Lough Mourne
Lough Mourne is around 5km/3 miles from the mountains of the Barnesmore Gap but even with that distance you can see from the photo that the mountains feature in the reflections on the lough. At Barnesmore Gap County Donegal
Perfect Reflection Lough Mourne Barnesmore Gap County Donegal
Donegal Bay with Summerhill, Donegal Town and Barnesmore Gap/ Blue Stack Mountainsin as a backdrop. County Donegal
All kinds of Everything. Croaghconnellagh Mountain or Cruach Conallach. A name in Irish meaning stack of Conall. Height: 523m Barnesmore Gap County Donegal
Barnesmore Gap. The Snow Covered Landscape adds even more to the already spectacular scenery. The main Donegal to Ballybofey road, the N15, with the meandering Lowerymore River and the Old Railway Line running side by side through Barnesmore Gap. County Donegal.
Lough Mourne is around 5km/3 miles from the mountains of the Barnesmore Gap. At Barnesmore Gap County Donegal
Lough Carn keeps company with Lough Mourne. The Croaghonagh Bog Special Area of conservation which supports some of the best examples of wet lowland blanket bog in the county is in the foreground. The site adjoins two good examples of oligotrophic lake habitat namely Lough Mourne and Lough Carn.
Croaghconnellagh, also known as Conall's Mountain, with a perfect reflection in Lough Mourne. In Irish it means stack of Conall. Height: 523m
After the By Pass! 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.
Ancient and formidable, the Blue Stack Mountains stretch from the heights of Barnesmore Gap west towards the sea. An infinity of contours, colours and shapes greet the eye, and to the north of Donegal town these guardians dominate the landscape in presence and character. Barnesmore Gap County Donegal.
Perfection Reflection Lough Mourne Barnesmore Gap County Donegal
The Road Less Travelled! Near Keadew Barnesmore Co Donegal. Magical Walks with John
More Attacks in the Gap. On the 29th of June 1773 a gentleman who was on his way from Sligo to Derry was attacked in the mountains of Barnesmore by two ruffians armed with hangers. Endeavouring to defend himself his whip was cut right through with one stroke and his horse deeply wounded. However on recovering a little from his surprise he fired his pistol at the villains and clapping spurs to his horse he managed to get clear of them without damage.” And more… "A man named McMinnaman (McMenamin) was tried for robbing a servant man at Barnesmore, and sentenced to be executed some day next December" " — with Barnesmore Gap.
Pub Spy, from The Sunday World visited us in Biddys O'Barnes Pub in 2003, and here's what he had to say! " Every town in Ireland should have a pub like this one that we found on the road between Donegal Town and Ballybofey in the shade of the mountain. There was no sign of Biddy, just Kate, but she certainly had the home fires burning to welcome us to this old style pub that is only magnificent. Even the flagstone floor is intact, and on this occasion it was the commandos having to drag me from the place. As for the pint. It was a Guinness Yoghurt! We will be back Kate." He gave us a rating of 5 pints out of 5.
The Lowerymore River meanders through Barnesmore Gap on its’ way to Lough Eske. Keadew Bridge crosses it on its way.
Add a bit of snow and any photo looks great. N15 leaving the Gap heading to Ballybofey.
Croaghconnellagh Mountain Barnesmore Gap County Donegal. The excitement of the first train through Barnesmore Gap brought crowds from the surrounding localities to the top of Croagh Connellagh (Connells Mountain) to have good view of the wonder as it was then thought to have been. This was on 25th April, 1882. many of the older people regarded the top of the mountains near enough to it as to feel safe.
Lowerymore River Fish Pass. The construction of a fish counter and the creation of a fish pass on the Lowerymore River has virtually doubled available spawning habitat for salmon. The Lowerymore River above the pass has been seeded with unfed salmon fry for a number of years. In 2005 a number of these salmon returned and salmon redds were recorded on the Upper Lowerymore River for the first time!
Folklore has it that the railway was responsible for reintroducing the beech tree to Donegal and the course of the old railway line can be traced by picking out the beeches which were planted as lineside hedging. You can see the track if you follow the trees, even where it crossed the N15. — with Barnesmore Gap in Barnesmore, Donegal, Ireland.
The Stupendous Mountains of Barnesmore Gap, remarkable for their perpendicular ascent and their beautifully varied rocks, form the Gap of the same name. Formed by the movement of massive glaciers millions of years ago, the moods of these two towering sentinels are as a changeable as their appearance. The snow adds to this beauty.
Barnesmore Bridge. From The Derry Journal 1775 "On Monday last, the 22nd inst., at the Assizes held at Lifford, for the County of Donegal, Patrick Gordon and Henry O’Neil were tried and found guilty of robbing Mr James Ferguson, of the town of Donegal, and sentenced to be hanged on the 8th September next, at the bridge of Barnesmore, the place where the robbery was committed. At the same time, the wife of the said O’Neil was also tried for robbery, and found guilty; but she having pleaded pregnancy was examined by a jury of matrons, who gave their verdict that she was pregnant, whereupon her sentence was postponed until after her delivery. The other two men who were tried for the same robbery were acquitted."