Lough Eske Donegal Town County Donegal Ireland. The lake lies to the northeast of Donegal Town, and is connected to it by the River Eske. The lake is about 900 acres (3.6 km2) in size and is surrounded to the north, east and west by the Bluestack Mountains.
Glenveagh National Park County Donegal Ireland. The Park covers 170 square kilometres of hillside above Glenveagh Castle on the shore of Lough Veagh. The estate was established by John Adair, who became infamous for evicting 244 of his tenants and clearing the land so they would not spoil his view of the landscape.
Lough Eske, Donegal County Donegal Ireland. 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!
Barnesmore Gap County Donegal Ireland. Early Morning Light on the Bluestack Mountains. Biddys O'Barnes pub can also be seen.
Errigal Mountain Gweedore County Donegal. Errigal is the tallest peak of the Derryveagh Mountains.(751m) It is also the most southern, steepest and highest of the mountains named “The Seven Sisters” by the locals. The other Sisters are Muckish, Crocknalaragagh, Aghla Beg, Ardloughnabrackbaddy, Aghla More, Mackoght and Errigal.
The Bank Walk, Donegal Town Co Donegal Ireland. 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!
Mamore Gap Urris Hills Culdaff Co Donegal Ireland. 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!
South West Donegal County Donegal Ireland. Somewhere between Killybegs and Carrick, Co Donegal When the tide is out you can reach a cave by the sea, with a waterfall you can reach through the cave.
Oakfield Park Raphoe Co Donegal Ireland. 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.
Drumboe Woods, Stranorlar, Co Donegal Ireland. The woods here provides several very pleasant hour long rambles. In Drumboe, you can view displays of bluebells in spring, watch the leaf colour change in autumn, enjoy an early morning stroll in summer or the winter sun stream through the bare branches. There are three short trails way marked in the wood; the nature trail, the Multi Access Trail and the Drumboe Loop Trail.
Glengesh Ardara County Donegal Ireland. The Glengesh Pass is a winding section of road which links Glencolmcille and Ardara. Glengesh Pass or Glen of the Swans is 900 feet above sea level and meanders through the Glengesh and Mulmosog Mountains. Well worth the drive in magnificent scenery with the odd sheep or two!
An Port County Donegal Ireland. If those walls could only talk! 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.
Ardara County Donegal Ireland. Purple Pass or Granny Glen is 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 Portnoo County Donegal Ireland. A spectacular site 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
Gartan County Donegal Ireland. Gartan is located in North County Donegal close to the eastern boundary of Glenveagh National Park. 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, Lough Mourne County Donegal Ireland. 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 Derryveagh Mountains County Donegal Ireland. Muckish or "the pig's back" in Irish is a distinctive flat-topped mountain with a height of 2,185 feet.
Glenveagh National Park Churchill County Donegal Ireland. The 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.
Lough Eske Donegal Town County Donegal Ireland. No words, no description would be enough to describe this beauty. The Lough and its tributaries are amongst the most picturesque in Donegal set among the Blue Stack and Tawnawully Mountains.
Barnesmore Gap County Donegal Ireland. On the long hike from Altnapaste to the summit of Barnesmore.
An Port Glencolmcille County Donegal Ireland.
Twin Towns Ballybofey and Stranorlar County Donegal Ireland. Bridge over the River Finn with St Marys Church Stranorlar County Donegal
Lough Eske Donegal Town County Donegal Ireland. Reflections surrounded by the Bluestack Mountains Co Donegal. This lake is one of the finest fishing grounds for the very rare and and beautiful fish charr. These golden coloured fish of the salmon species make their annual visit to the south shore of the lake, and then can be caught with ordinary worm or slug bait.
Glenveagh National Park County Donegal Ireland. 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.