Lough Eske Reflections surrounded by the Bluestack Mountains Co Donegal
At Glenveagh National Park County Donegal
Before Sunrise at Lough Eske, just outside Donegal Town. Loch Iasc, meaning 'Lake of Fish' There's nowhere else quite like Donegal and there's nowhere in Donegal quite like Lough Eske. There’s a myriad of sights and sounds that Mother Nature has on offer here. It never disappoints!
Early Morning Light on the Mountains with Biddys below the fog peeping out! At Barnesmore Gap, County Donegal
AFTER SUNSET At Mount Errigal Co Donegal. The highest of the "Seven Sisters" Majestic Errigal, with low lying clouds dusting its' summit.
The Bank Walk, Donegal Town Co Donegal This is lovely flat trail along the west bank of the River Eske and Donegal Bay. The myriad of trees have labels as to their type, frequent benches allow you to pause and soak up the stunning views of the Old Abbey, Green Island, and Donegal Bay. Look out for all the little fairy doors in the trees, where the fairies have marked their territory. The walk commences just past the stone bridge on the Mountcharles Road on the left. Don’t miss it if you are visiting the town!
Magic Road Mamore Gap Urris Hills Culdaff Co Donegal . Looking down to the sea from Mamore Gap in the Urris Hills, with Dunaff Head in the distance, great scenery all round on the steep descent to the beautiful scenic coast. A ‘Magic Road’ or ‘Gravity Hill’ is actually an optical illusion. A slight downward slope appears to be sloping upward, due to the land surrounding it, and cars, left in neutral, will appear to roll uphill. As you descend this road, stop at the white stone on the left side of the road and try this, It works!
A Secret Secluded Cool Cave. Somewhere between Killybegs and Carrick, Co Donegal
Oakfield Park Raphoe Co Donegal. A beautiful landscape of parkland, woodlands, lakes and formal gardens. There’s a 4.5km narrow gauge railway with a diesel and steam train operating passenger trips daily. It’s a great way to explore the park’s gardens as the train passes through flower meadows, beautiful woodlands, willow tunnels, oak circles, boardwalks, heritage trees, a wooden causeway and sparkling streams and lakes.
The beautiful Drumboe Woods, Stranorlar, Co Donegal
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ROAD TO DRIVE IN IRELAND Glengesh Pass or Glen of the Swans is 900 feet above sea level and meanders through the Glengesh and Mulmosog Mountains connecting the towns of Glencolmcille and Ardara. Well worth the drive in magnificent scenery with the odd sheep or two!
If those walls could only talk! History & Mystery at The Deserted Village of Port, Co. Donegal It’s thought to be one of the earliest villages in Donegal, and now, Port is little more than an abandoned ruins. The remains of stone cottages sit silent among the grazing sheep and the towering mountains, looking out over the Atlantic Ocean. Yet, it is hauntingly beautiful. It’s not certain what happened at this location to cause it to be deserted so completely. While most villages saw their residents dying or leaving in hopes of finding something else just down the road or over the ocean, usually, there were still families or residents who stayed. Here, though, there was simply just no one left. Eventually I met some locals who had strong connections with the village of Port. I asked what happened. They are adamant that Port came through the famine times far better than most, as they had plenty of fish from the sea. Due to its isolation the people were mainly self sufficient anyway. It was long after the Famine that people started emigrating and marrying outside of the village. People today remember the last family leaving Port. It’s not abandoned anymore as there is a cottage there that has been renovated and is used as a holiday cottage. Whatever happened to the original residents, the village was never repopulated. There is a detailed history of the village, though, kept at Trinity College with a copy in the museum at Rossnowlagh’s Franciscan Friary. It seems as though the village has always been tinged with sadness, as one of the stories that has been recorded is that of a young girl named Siobhan, who drowned in the nearby river. She was the daughter of Tarlach Neill, the head of the O'Boyle Clan. However this is more of a stream than a river and so the alternative explanation seems far more realistic, that she was being forced into an arranged marriage and escaped to Port followed by the man she was to marry and here he drowned her. There’s still something sad about the village today, surrounded by an eerie silence that gives visitors no choice but to reflect on the tragedy that the stone walls have seen.
Purple Pass Granny Pass or Granny Glen An absolute must if you are in the Ardara area. Drive out to Assaranca Waterfall and the unspoiled expansive sandy beach of Maghera, (and caves), then on to this ‘little travelled’ pass leading to Glencolmcille and An Port.
Doon Fort is spectacularly sited on a small island in the middle of Loughadoon, just outside the picturesque village of Portnoo in County Donegal. The site is a large drystone fort, similar to the Grianan of Aileach, and is likely to date to the early medieval period. Portnoo County Donegal
Autumn Entrance to Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre which is situated within an 87-acre woodland estate on the shore of beautiful Lough Gartan in Donegal. The lough and woodlands provide a superb base for many fun adventure activities and outdoor learning sessions.
The Lough House overlooking Lough Mourne. It looks like Mr Ferguson recovered from the attack! The following notice published by the Grand Jury in August 1774… “Whereas the uncommon Honesty and spirited Conduct of the Family at the Lough House on the Mountains of Barnesmore deserves every Mark of Approbation for their Behaviour, in so zealously exerting themselves in apprehending the Perpetrators of a Robbery and cruel intended Murder, for which three of them were at the, Assizes capitally convicted; We, the Grand Jury and Gentlemen of said County, think it incumbent on Us to give them this public Mark of our Approbation, together with a pecuniary Reward, which, We hope, will be an Example and Encouragement to all such People to assist and bring to Justice every Person who shall so grossly violate the Laws of their County.” Lifford, August 24, 1774 William Burton, Foreman, and Fellows (of the jury).
Muckish Mountain or in Irish meaning "the pig's back" is a distinctive flat-topped mountain in the Derryveagh Mountains of County Donegal, Ireland with a height of 2,185 feet.
Glenveagh National Park covers 170 square kilometres of hillside above Glenveagh Castle on the shore of Lough Veagh (Loch Ghleann Bheatha), 20 km from Gweedore in County Donegal. The network of mainly informal gardens displays a multitude of exotic and delicate plants from as far afield as Chile, Madeira and Tasmania, all sheltered by windbreaks of pine trees and ornamental rhododendrons.
No words, no description would be enough to describe this beauty. Lough Eske Co Donegal.
Snowcapped Mountains in Barnesmore Gap County Donegal
On the back road to Port, Glencolmcille County Donegal
Bridge over the River Finn with St Marys Church Stranorlar County Donegal
Lough Eske Reflections surrounded by the Bluestack Mountains Co Donegal
Woodland Walk at Glenveagh National Park. The 16,000 hectares of Glenveagh includes most of the Derryveagh Mountains, the Poisoned Glen and part of Errigal Mountain and is a beautiful place to walk the hills and follow trails.