Barnesmore County Donegal Ireland. Biddy's O'Barnes was originally an Inn dating back to the mid 18th century, a time when the Coach was the main form of transport, here was a stopping point, where horses were rested, and travellers relaxed before the next stage of their long and tiring journey through the Gap.
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.
Stranorlar County Donegal Ireland
Donegal Town County Donegal Ireland. Donegal is a town at the mouth of the River Eske, Co Donegal. it was originally built in the 15th century, Donegal Castle has later additions from the Jacobean period. The Four Masters Memorial obelisk honours 4 scribes from the nearby Franciscan friary, now in ruins.
Lough Alaan, Stranorlar County Donegal Ireland
Glencolmcille County Donegal Ireland. The Glencolmcille Folk Village is a reconstruction of the historic homes and dwellings of the Glencolmcille area in South West Donegal.
Barnesmore County Donegal Ireland. For centuries the Gap has been a strategic gateway between northern and southern parts of County Donegal. But Barnesmore was also, in other days, a place of sinister repute. For several hundred years up to about 1800, it was the notorious haunt of brigands, highwaymen and raparees who waylaid, robbed and murdered travellers.
Drumnacarry Gate Lodge Lough Eske County Donegal Ireland. Dating back to 1860 this much admired and photographed former gate lodge to Lough Eske Castle, sits at the water's edge with stunning views over the lake to the Blue Stack Mountains.
Blue Stack Mountains County Donegal Ireland.
Altan Farm County Donegal Ireland. Situated between Aghla More (An Eachla Mhór) and Breaghy (An Bheithigh). The house and farm were abandoned some time in the 1800s. It is said that Maguire & Patterson, ("match manufacturers"), owned the farm in the 1930s and used the land for sheep farming. The "Big Snow" in 1947 wiped out the herd and the farm was sold to a Swiss industrialist, who it is said "never set foot on it".
Fintown Lough Finn County Donegal Ireland. Lough Muck, ("lake of the pig") and Aghla Mountain. A young giant, called Feargamhain and his three hunting dogs were attacked by a wild boar, while out in the mountains. The boar killed all three dogs. The young giant bravely defended himself, retreating all the while down the steep slopes of Aghla Mountain until they reached the eastern bank of Lough Finn. The boar was proving too able for the young giant who now called for help from his sister, Finngeal. By the time she got to the lake her brother and the beast were near their end. Owing to the echoes of the mountains she mistook the side of the lake from where the shouts came. She got to the other side of the lake, but the calls seemed to come from the side she just left. After much crossing and searching she finally found her brother in a mass of torn flesh and the wild boar also dead on the ground beside him. Exhausted in her efforts to help her brother and anguished in mind at being too late to help him she sank down and died. Hence the name Lough Finn. Nowadays there are no wild boars in Fintown apart from one! The steaming beast huffing along the shores of Lough Finn in the summer. Fintown Railway is Donegal’s only operational narrow gauge railway. ( Pilleadh An Muc Dubh, "The return of the Wild Boar")
Dunlewey Celtic Football Club County Donegal Ireland Club Peile Ceiltigh Dhún Lúiche At Dunlewey, Gweedore, Co Donegal. A memorable “discussion” in Biddys O'Barnes some years ago posed the question, “which is the most picturesque setting for a football field in Donegal”?. Many locations were mentioned, Kilcar, Glencolmcille, and Fintown, to name a few. Many hours passed!! Then one local legend spoke for the first time and solved the whole debate in one sentence. He said “the most scenic pitch in Donegal is the one you are winning on”!!!
Stranorlar County Donegal Ireland. This first class Finn Valley sports and community facility is one of the jewels in the crown of the famous Twin Towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar. Ulster Finals 2018.
Dunlewey County Donegal Ireland. The Poisoned Glen lies at the foot of Mount Errigal, the tallest peak of the Derryveagh Mountains range, in Dunlewey (Dún Lúiche) in County Donegal. The Poisoned Glen is one of the most renowned areas for its sweeping valleys, imposing mountains and shimmering lakes.
Cashelnaveen County Donegal Ireland. A walk up Croaghonagh gives fantastic views of local areas, Croaghnagawna, The Leap, Meenbog, Cashelnavean to name a few. Lough Carn and Mourne and East Donegal in the distance.
Donegal Castle Donegal Town County Donegal Ireland
Ballybofey, County Donegal Ireland.
Glenveagh National Park 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 Mourne County Donegal Ireland
Lough Eske County Donegal Ireland. Ross Dhu beside Church Bay at Lough Eske. Lovely walk on the boardwalk means you can get down close to the waters edge and access this beautiful wooded area.
Dunlewey County Donegal Ireland. Nestled at the foot of Errigal, the hightest mountain in County Donegal, and overlooking the beautiful Poisoned Glen sits the beautiful 'Old Church of Dunlewey'.
The N15 from Donegal Town to Ballybofey passes through the beautiful countryside towards east Donegal.
Altan Farm County Donegal Ireland. Situated on the edge of Lough Altan, which is between Aghla More (An Eachla Mhór) and Breaghy (An Bheithigh). The house and farm were abandoned some time in the 1800s. It is said that Maguire & Patterson, ("match manufacturers"), owned the farm in the 1930s and used the land for sheep farming. The "Big Snow" in 1947 wiped out the herd and the farm was sold to a Swiss industrialist, who it is said "never set foot on it".
Glentornan Village Dunlewey County Donegal Ireland. Some 30 to 55 people lived here between 1841 and 1911. The inhabitants, however, moved over to the other side of the lake, following their young who built homes over there and also a number would have gone the way of many Irish people and emigrated. The village is no longer lived in, apart from one house.