Donegal Journals

County Donegal (Book 1)

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A travel journal to Donegal by greenierexyboy

Tramore Strand, Horn Head Photo, Letterkenny, Ireland More Photos
Quote: The most northerly and maddest county in Ireland.

Horn Head

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Tramore Strand, Horn Head Photo, Letterkenny, Ireland
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The British are by tradition (and necessity) an island race, a nation that does like to be beside the seaside. This is handy seeing as we are actually living on an island, but what (if we're brutally honest) is less handy is the seaside we've been landed with. Obviously it's not ALL disappointing (Beachy Head, North Devon, Arisaig, etc) but for a lot of us a very important part of our day trips or holidays is pretending that places like Skegness, Blackpool and Great Yarmouth aren't actually utterly useless. Some of us aren't very good at pretending, and so we tend to spend our free time slightly further afield. And if I go to County Donegal, it really is 'slightly' with a small 's'. A couple of hours ...Read More

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Horn Head

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Horn Head from the east Photo, Letterkenny, Ireland
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(continued from part 1)Sleeping Satellite ==============The rattle of boots on pebbles grow silent as you grassily climb away from Pollaguill Bay aiming for the cairn on Rough Point on the skyline. The gentle pull uphill, the turn of the coastal corner and the continuing walk northwards are wonderfully easy: one can walk anywhere (so long as it's a sensible distance back from the edge) but paths can be found if required. A mile more of blissfully benign going brings you to the pull up Crocknaclogher. In a walk of ever-escalating highlights, here is the best yet: the magnificent Marble Arch forms a Olympian opening in the cliffs on your left, the sea within almost ee...Read More

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Slieve League

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Attraction | "The Not So Old Man and the Sea (part 1)"

Slieve League Photo, County Donegal, Ireland
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The British Isles are both literally and metaphorically defined by the sea. It provides both a fearsome line of defence, and an almost limitless avenue for attack: Britain has succumbed to the 11th Century Normans, held off the 16th Century Spanish and whupped the 19th Century French and 20th Century Germans (while insidiously succumbing to an influence far more ghastly and insidious from across the Atlantic). Ireland has had skirmishes with the Normans and the Vikings, but only really the English have ever properly conquered them (and that wasn't counter-productive AT ALL, was it?). But Ireland has taken, and continues to take, a right old battering from the Atlantic. We constantly go on ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 28, 2012

Slieve League
Atlantic Coast
County Donegal, Ireland

Slieve League

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Attraction | "The Not So Old Man and the Sea (part 2)"

Slieve League Photo, County Donegal, Ireland
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(Continued from part 1)The path from the car park is initially gravelly: the full extent of the cliffs soon hoves into view, then the way becomes grassy and more steadily uphill. A steady plod up 500ft of said grass leads to the crest of the cliffs. (A note for those who don't like heights: while the path sometimes goes along the very edge, you don't have to follow it stringently, although much of the excitement is lost with that attitude. If you do go right to the summit, only at one point, the ridge between the subsidiary and main tops, are you compelled to place yourself in a semi-exposed situation, and that stretch really is just an airy walk). On you go, with the path still easy...Read More

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Slieve League
Atlantic Coast
County Donegal, Ireland

Grianan of Aileach/Grianan Ailigh

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Attraction | "The Not That Well Hidden Fortress"

Grianan of Aileach/Grianan Ailigh Photo, County Donegal, Ireland
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The Circle ========Maybe it's me, but as an Englishman driving around Ireland I can't help but feel that the Emerald Isle's visible ancient history is so much more magical than our own. This isn't to say that the Stonehenges of this kingdom aren't impressive, but to me they're suggestive less of sorcery than of primitive science and lots of Druids, and it's hard to get excited by a sect that apparently counts Ken Barlow among its number. Over the water they have Newgrange, Gallarus Oratory, fairytale monasteries and cold stone tombs, all of which are viewed through a mystic meteorological veil that makes you think that Cúchulainn might drop round for a spot of stew at any moment. Eve...Read More

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Grianan of Aileach/Grianan Ailigh
Hill of Grianán
County Donegal, Ireland