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Europe » Ireland » County Donegal » Donegal September 10th 2013

10 th September Sligo - Belleek (North Ireland) - Donegal Our first stop on our trip north was at Drumcliffe to the cemetery where the poet W.B. Yeats is buried. His grave is very plain and next to the church ( Church of Ireland.) In the grave yard was an ancient cross which was craved with stories depicting the beginning of Creation, (Genesis) an opposite was a round stone tower named ... The Round Stone. It was a watch tower dating back to the Viking invasion days of Ireland. W. B. Yeats wrote many poems – non of which I know. But I bought a bookmark which has "The Fiddler of Dooney" on it. So now I can pretend I am well educated LOL. Next was a quick photo stop at Mullaghmore harbour, this is where ... read more
Belleek Nthn Ireland
Belleek Nthn Irland
Belleek Pottery 1

Europe » Ireland » County Donegal » Donegal June 15th 2013

Hello!Today we left Sligo and headed for Donegal. When we got to Donegal we had a walking tour. We learned about the history of the town. That was pretty interesting. It was a fairly small town. The tour did not take long. We saw a couple of churches, a castle, and an old school. The school had one class downstairs and the teacher lived upstairs. When the tour was over we went to the castle and looked around. That was cool. It was small, so it didn't take long to go through it. After the castle we went to lunch and then shopped for a little bit before we had to go to our next place. We went to these beautiful cliffs called Slieve League Cliffs. The walk up to the cliffs was brutal but the ... read more
Sunset at 10:30

Europe » Ireland » County Donegal » Donegal June 2nd 2013

Day 6, 7 & 8 Arrived at Loughe Eske. What a beautiful setting, not just for weddings! I could spend a few days walking around to recharge my batteries, but now all the wedding celebrations are on the roll, and we still get to enjoy the area around Loughe Eske in all its splendour. Rowan and Sadhbh will share their vows in St Agatha's Church, Clar, Donegal Town and the reception will be at Harvey's Point on the edge of the lake. The B&B that we are staying at, Ardeevin, overlooks the lake, with such a glorious view. The breakfast was truly scrumptious and should keep us going throughout the day until we have dinner at the wedding reception. If in need of a romantic getaway in Ireland - this is the place. The rooms are ... read more
Loughe Eske
Another great view
Their own number plate

Europe » Ireland » County Donegal October 23rd 2012

And so we begin, our big trip. Ian flew out to London today from Cork after mid-day on a flight to Gatwick. He won't fly out to Dubai until tomorrow at 10am. He will stay there for 5 nights and then move onto Bangkok to spend time travelling around South-East Asia (Starting in Bangkok, onto Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos then back down through Thailand). I will put a new up-date in when there is more to tell!... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Donegal September 2nd 2012

There is something about the extremity of land that has a compelling draw. Slope Point and Cape Reinga in New Zealand spring to mind as per our blogs from the bottom of the world. The Republic of Ireland was no different. Malin Head is the most northerly point of Ireland. The most northerly point of Inishowen. North of Northern Ireland, but it’s in the South. The compelling draw was big news. It was not the road less travelled. A constant stream of vehicles flowed towards the Head from the village of Malin. Coaches included. The common sense approach employed at Slieve League – no coaches beyond this point – was not in evidence, as the grand tour of Ireland buses ploughed north. Slieve League forced them into submission with a nice cup of Illy coffee, before ... read more
Glenties
Grianan of Aileach
Malin Head

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Europe » Ireland » County Donegal August 29th 2012

It was shortly after 9.30 pm on a wet Tuesday night. Mine host of our accomodation kindly provided a superb drop off and pick you up at the pub service .............. only up to 1am mind, or we'd ask you get to get a taxi. This sounded late to a man who specialised in the 8.20 pm bus. It looked like they weren't planning to call last orders anytime soon then. We entered the bar in the village ........... there were two, but we'd been assured that "live" music was assured in our chosen venue. The lounge was completely empty. There was no apparent craic in there. The bar was packed in comparison.......... a scattering of 8-10 people, mostly leaning on the bar from their high stools. Guinness drinkers to a man! Celtic were making short ... read more
Teelin Harbour
Slieve League
Silver Strand Beach

Europe » Ireland » County Donegal » Donegal August 28th 2012

They say a week in politics is a long time. It stands to reason then that 2 weeks in travel can be an eternity. In early August it was all hustle and bustle and the thrill of London 2012. 80,000 in a packed athletics stadium – almost half the population of County Donegal . Noise. Excitement. Donegal was therefore the peace and quiet and relaxation. Empty beaches. Fresh air. No more of the trinket world in Knock. Ever been to Rossnowlagh …………….. Ireland ’s answer to Broome? There are no camels on the beach, but tucked away behind the Sandhouse Hotel on the 3 kilometres of sand are more cars than the average side road in these parts will see in a year. It is quoted as one of Europe ’s best Blue Flag surfing beaches ... read more
Killybegs
Donegal Castle
Killybegs

Europe » Ireland » County Donegal May 18th 2012

Friday May 18 - Donegal to Killybegs via the Blue Stack Mountains, and return. Today Noel, Christy, and I headed North west out of Donegal and explored the Blue Stack Mountains and went to Killybegs. The drive was very nice but also very tiring.... read more
Irish fry
Yes, that's the road
fishing boats in Killybegs

Europe » Ireland » County Donegal January 16th 2012

Hi all, So the countdown is on and we have finally set up the blog today. Just testing it all out after a day of checking through packing lists! Looking forward to keeping in touch with everyone on here, please comment or message us along the way! We are both going to be blogging and it will depend on the day/week who has decided to do it! Share the link as you want, Chat soon, Ciara... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Donegal October 28th 2011

Hi everyone, I tried to send this note 2 days ago but as i am new to this blog site i think it may not have gone, so this is round two. Bear with me if you got it first time a this is repeat. Hello all, Today was one of those rare days for us this month in Ireland, with the weather being sunny and clear. After so much , and very unusual, flooding rain, we were blessed with perhaps the best day weatherwise yet, after almost 4 weeks here! We drove SE of Muff to an area on the map titled Sperrin Mountains. The road ran along the side of the river valley and the views were stunning, farmlands, the winding river and little communities along the valley. There are numerous ancient sites in ... read more




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