Spectacular Sunrise. 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. Don't miss a visit if you are in the area.
Emery Celtic Cross. This cross is approximately 125 by 70 metres, and located on the side of Bogay Hill just outside Newtown Cunningham at the northern end of the Lagan Valley. It was planted by local forester Liam Emery. He expertly planted 2 different species of pine trees, with some in the shape of this giant Celtic Cross roughly 11 years ago in these woods of Donegal. The outer trees are evergreen and don’t drop their needles during Autumn but the trees used for the actual cross design are not evergreen and turn this golden colour right before they drop their needles for the cold seasons ahead and is particularly visible now due to the seasonal weather. Sadly, Liam passed away 7 years ago and never got to witness his stunning creation grow. At Bogay Hill, Killea, near Newtown Cunningham, Co Donegal.
Sunrise at Ballybofey, Co Donegal with sunrise over the Barnesmore Mountains. It is co-joined with Stranorlar by a bridge over the River Finn.
Glentornan, Dunlewey, Co Donegal "At the End of the Road" Glentornan is nestled on the shore of Dunlewey Lough overlooking the majestic Mount Errigal. Its at the end of the road and hidden away amongst the trees. This little village consisted of around 10 homes, about 50 people on average lived here between 1841 and 1911 when it was left almost totally abandoned. According to some locals, Glentornan’s families either emigrated or moved to be with their children who built new homes on the opposite side of Dunlewey Lough. Don’t miss this spectacular area for walks and hikes.
Autumn Colours at Lough Eske. This lake lies to the northeast of Donegal Town, to which it is connected 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 The Glenveagh Visitor Centre is located on the northern end of Lough Veagh, near the edge of the National Park. Its award-winning design incorporates a living heather roof mimicking the surrounding landscape causing minimum disturbance. Lough Veagh measures about 6 km (3.7 mi) long and 1 km (0.6 mi) wide and lies in the narrow Glenveagh valley surrounded by the Derryveagh and Glendowan Mountains. Steep granite cliffs rise on both sides of the lake to heights of about 300 m (1,000 ft). The lake has numerous small islands at its northern end. 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.
Fintown, Lough Finn, 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")
The Steeple Tower at Mullaghagarry, Stranorlar Co Donegal. A great walk taking in the views from the Steeple Tower on top of Meenavally Hill (219m). The woodland trees changing to their autumn colours.
Donegal is a town at the mouth of the River Eske, Co Donegal. it was riginally 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.
Owencarrow Viaduct Railway, Creeslough. Co Donegal.
Sunrise on Lough Eske County Donegal. Lough Eske also known as "Lake of the Fish" is a small lake outside Donegal Town, to which it is connected 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. 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 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.
Dawn at Lough Eske, County Donegal.
Grianan an Aileach First Light Just Catching The Fort. The Stone Fort of Grianán of Aileach is built on Greenan Mountain (244m above sea level) at Inishowen. The view from Aileach is breathtaking. At least five counties lie stretched before you, offering a fantastic view of the full expanse of Lough Swilly and Lough Foyle and the mountains and hills of Donegal on the horizon. The fort dates back to about 1700 BC. It is linked to the Tuatha de Danann who invaded Ireland before the Celts and built stone forts on top of strategic hills. They worshipped Dagda (the Good God) and he too is associated with the origins of Aileach. It was he who ordered the building of a stone fort to act as a burial monument to his dead son.