Donegal Photography 3

Biddys O'Barnes All Dressed Up for Summer Barnesmore Gap Co Donegal
Lough Finn, Fintown. Lough Finn is approximately 5km long and almost a kilometer wide and sits below the mountains of Aghla (589m high) and Screig. The village of Fintown or Baile na Finne which means "Townland of Finn" is named after a figure from Irish mythology, Finngeal who it is said drowned in the lough trying to save her brother Feargamhain. The main attraction is an Mhuc Dhubh, the Fintown Railway, and Donegal's only operational narrow gauge railway, which takes visitors on a run along the length of Lough Finn and back. You can see the Railway Track between the Road and the Lake. — in Fintown, Donegal, Ireland.
Never go too long without watching a sunset Lough Beagh, also known as Lough Veagh is one of the most scenic lakes in County Donegal, located in 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.
Doon Fort is an ancient ring fort hidden away on Doon Lough near the coastal village of Portnoo in Co. Donegal. It dates from the 5th century a.d and was probably built as a place of refuge. It’s walls stand 4.8m high and are 3.6m thick. The fort covers most of the island which was partially constructed with the use of large stones like a crannog, while the walls were built of smaller hand size stones. As well as ‘Doon Fort’ it is sometimes called ‘The Bawan’ or ‘The O’Boyle Fort’ as it became their stronghold in the 16th century.
Mountcharles (Irish: Tamhnach an tSalainn)is a townland (of 650 acres) and a village in County Donegal. It lies 6 km from Donegal town on the Killybegs road (N56).
Finn Valley Athletics Club at Stranolar Co Donegal
Glencolmcille Folk Village Glencolmcille County Donegal. This thatched-roof replica of a rural village in Ireland’s most north westerly county offers a glimpse into daily life as it was during past centuries. The Folk Village Museum is a cluster of several small cottages, called a ‘clachan’, perched on a hillside overlooking the sandy curve of Glen Bay Beach in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) of South West Donegal. Designed, built and maintained by the local people, the Folk Village is one of Ireland's best living-history museums.
Lough Eske Reflections surrounded by the Bluestack Mountains Co Donegal
Sunrise over Stranorlar with morning mist and fog. Stranorlar Co Donegal
Thatched Cottage. Near Knockfola Port Co Donegal
Mount Errigal, Derryveagh Mountains Co Donegal (751-metre (2,464 ft)
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.
Early Morning Reflections at Lough Eske Co Donegal
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.
A stunning 15-foot map of Ireland with each county carved in local stone.. At Glencolmcille Co Donegal
Known locally as "Mc Groarys Brae" on the N15 between Ballybofey and Donegal Town Co Donegal. Lough Mourne and Barnesmore Gap in the distance.
Snow covered at Lough Mourne and surrounding areas. Shot from the top of Barnesmore Co Donegal.
Twin Towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar with River Finn flowing through.
Aerial of Lough Eske after Sunset outside Donegal Town
Tin Roof Cottage Near Lough Eske Co Donegal
Sli Dhun na nGall, from Port to Maghera, with Lough Killyfanned and Lougheraherk. at Lougheraher, Port Co Donegal
A frozen Lough Eske County Donegal
The Bank Walk along the River Eske in Donegal Town.
Sli Dhun na nGall, from Port to Maghera, with Lough Killyfanned on the way back up from Port Co Donegal