Donegal Photography  Wild Atlantic Way 6

Early Morning Light at St Ernans Island A fine old stone mansion standing on a tiny wooded island a few miles outside Donegal town. Built in the 1820s by John Hamilton, an orphan who on coming of age had inherited a substantial fortune and an estate of 45,000 acres. St Ernan's island is a few hundred yards offshore, and in those early days was separated from the mainland by a fast-flowing current. Hamilton set to building a causeway, the local workers giving their labour free as a gesture of gratitude for his diligence as a landlord. After a number of failed attempts the link was made. After Hamilton's death in 1884, the house passed through various hands. For 30 years up to 1983 it was a retirement home and afterwards a country house hotel, now a private residence.
"Nowhere More Beautiful" Horse Shoe Beach & Slieve League. The most stunning perfect beach you could ever see, surrounded by high horseshoeshaped cliffs, which act as giant wind breakers making this beach a natural sun trap with the most amazing scenery all round for miles as far as the eye can see.
Maghera Beach & Caves This beach is a stunning wonderland not like anywhere else. The dunes and along the white sands are spectacular. The wide, dazzling silver beach that leads to the caves, and the wild, craggy hills above them gives an astonishing sense of being transported to a magical wilderness. The sandy beach runs back nearly 5km when the tide is out. The tide changes dangerously fast at Maghera Beach. Always respect the water, never take it for granted, cos it’s unpredictable and very powerful but so beautiful. Just outside Ardara.
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.
Our Days begin and end the same way, with the rising and setting of the sun. Sometimes brilliant and intense, other times subdued and cloudy - LIKE LIFE ITSELF - the perspective may change even when the vantage point does not.
Rossnowlagh Beach, Rossnowlagh, County Donegal. This beach caters for all surfers, from first time beginners to intermediate experienced surfers. Rossnowlagh is the perfect beach to start you off surfing!! Don't miss it.
Glenlough, near An Port, County Donegal. This beautiful wild beach is so remote, that more often than not, you will have only the sheep, sea birds and seals to keep you company.
Sunset and some Golf on the Beach at Inver County Donegal. Inver lies midway between Killybegs to the west and Donegal Town to the east.
Ballinreavy Beach just outside Ardara County Donegal
Incredible, Striking Sunrise. Worth getting outta the cot to see!! Donegal Bay.
The Big Pier, Mountcharles, County Donegal. Calm waters and quite local roads around the Pier allow the visitor to relax and take life at a slower pace.
Last Light on this Favourite Beach! Horse Shoe Beach The most stunning perfect beach you could ever see, surrounded by high horseshoeshaped cliffs, which act as giant wind breakers making this beach a natural sun trap with the most amazing scenery all round for miles as far as the eye can see. Also known as Trabane, The Doon, Malainn Bhig, Malinbeg, Silver Strand it is located 7kms from Glencolmcille. The Bay is accessed by a steeply sloping series of steps (165+) Easy on way down. Not so easy going back up!
Sunset on the Oyster Farming near Maghera Ardara County Donegal
A Wonderland All Of Its Own! Glencolmcille, or the Glen of St Colmcille is situated on the Slieve League Peninsula at the south-west point of Donegal. The area is bounded on the south by the mountains of Slieve League and Leahan and on the north by Slieve Tooey. To the west lies the restless Atlantic Ocean. Glencolmcille is a place of tremendous natural beauty and changing colours ... mountains, lakes, sea cliffs and beaches; a place of quiet roads, stone walls and fuschia-bordered lanes. It is an ancient corner of Ireland witnessed by the sites of dwellings and the tombs of the Megalithic period and by the cross inscribed stones of early Christianity.
"Fun in the Sun" At Bundoran, County Donegal. Roguey Rocks just to the right and Slieve League in the distance.
Rosbeg & Dawros Bay near Ardara County Donegal. A few miles west of Portnoo is the fishing and holiday hamlet of Rosbeg, situated on one of Ireland's most entrancing headlands. Life in Rosbeg is focused around the sea and the great outdoors, Swimming, surfing, sailing, kayaking, and fishing are all popular pastimes. Dont miss it
"No Words" Sunrise over Donegal Town & Bay
Our Days begin and end the same way, with the rising and setting of the sun. Sometimes brilliant and intense, other times subdued and cloudy - LIKE LIFE ITSELF - the perspective may change even when the vantage point does not.
Sunset at Portnoo County Donegal. At Low Tide you can walk across Narin Beach to the historical island of Inniskeel. There are monastic remains & holy wells associated with Saint Conal Caol on the Island. At Narin Portnoo Co Donegal
A Wonderland All Of Its Own! Glencolmcille, or the Glen of St Colmcille is situated on the Slieve League Peninsula at the south-west point of Donegal. The area is bounded on the south by the mountains of Slieve League and Leahan and on the north by Slieve Tooey. To the west lies the restless Atlantic Ocean. Glencolmcille is a place of tremendous natural beauty and changing colours ... mountains, lakes, sea cliffs and beaches; a place of quiet roads, stone walls and fuschia-bordered lanes. It is an ancient corner of Ireland witnessed by the sites of dwellings and the tombs of the Megalithic period and by the cross inscribed stones of early Christianity.
"Fun in the Sun" At Bundoran. Roguey Rocks just to the right and Slieve League in the distance.
Ballinreavy Beach just outside Ardara County Donegal
No Words Required at The Setting Sun, Portnoo, Co Donegal.
“All The Colors Of The Rainbow” Rosbeg & Dawros Bay A few miles west of Portnoo is the fishing and holiday hamlet of Rosbeg, situated on one of Ireland's most entrancing headlands. Life in Rosbeg is focused around the sea and the great outdoors, Swimming, surfing, sailing, kayaking, and fishing are all popular pastimes. Dont miss it!