The Bearnas Buttress, Dunlewey

As dramatic Irish backdrops go, the Bearnas Buttress is hard to beat. It’s the name given to Ireland’s largest continuous rock face which forms just part of the astonishingly beautiful and rugged landscape in which nestles the village of Dunlewey in County Donegal. Not surprisingly, it’s an area popular with serious climbers who regard it as by far the most …

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 …

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.

The Road To Dunlewey

The road to Dunlewey can sometimes feel like a portal into another world. This is where the absolute grandeur of County Donegal begins to reveal itself in its dramatic finery. Donegal does grandeur on a scale to which most other Irish counties don’t even come close. And still, perhaps because of its slightly remote location in Ireland’s north-west, it remains …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Poisoned Glen, Dunlewey

Dunlewey in County Donegal is one of Ireland’s most breathtaking locations. A distinctive landmark is the ruined church, dating from the 1850s, nestling in the area known as the Poisoned Glen. Never has a place been more misleadingly named. It’s probably a mistranslation of the original name in Irish which was the Heavenly Glen. Unfortunately the Irish words for heaven …

Inishowen Skyline, Donegal

There are moments when the light on Inishowen Peninsula, at the very tip of County Donegal, can make even the electricity pylons look beautiful. Of course it helps that there’s also a plentiful supply of subtly undulating mountain slopes in the vicinity. The result is sometimes delightful surprises – like this image of the rapidly fading last rays of an early …