Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh National Park, just 15 kilometres from Letterkenny, has it all. Rugged mountain views, fabulous walking trails, shimmering lakes, walled flower gardens, and a restored 19th century stone castle. Rich in native wildlife, Glenveagh is designated a Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection.

Five Finger Strand

The Five Finger Strand is a very odd name for one of the most striking and remote beaches in all of Ireland. You’ll find it close to the uppermost northern tip of the country on the Inishowen Peninsula and just a few miles from Malin Head. Unusual place names are far from unusual in Ireland. Most of them are the …

Green Castle, County Donegal

This ruined 14th century castle in County Donegal is officially called Northburg Castle. It is known locally, however, as Green Castle – due no doubt to its location overlooking the village of Greencastle. The castle was built in 1305 by Richard Og de Burgh –  also known as the Red Earl of Ulster – one of the most powerful Irish …

February Sky, Donegal

As we drove down the winding roads from Fanad, somewhere around Portsalon we emerged from the grey drizzle into this wonderful late afternoon orange pink sky. It was the kind of transient light that doesn’t wait around to be admired. You quickly find a convenient gateway, stop the car, and take it while it’s going. Donegal, probably because of its …

Port, County Donegal

If raw elemental nature is your thing then Port, on the west coast of Donegal, is the place to go. It may not be the most accessible of locations, but it’s well worth the slow meandering drive through the sort of wild isolated mountain scenery that is the hallmark of this spectacularly beautiful part of Ireland. Be assured that you …

Tormore Island

Looking out to sea from the village of Rossbeg in West Donegal, you can’t fail to miss the imposingly large rock which juts out from the rugged headland to the south. This is Tormore Island which at 148 metres high is Ireland’s tallest sea stack. It is the largest and most daunting of a chain of sea stacks which attracts …