One major area of the country that has so far eluded us is Donegal and its Northern Ireland neighbouring county Derry. In the rankings, the North is probably well down the list of places that tourists visit, so we approached it with a rather ho-hum attitude, I must confess. How wrong we were! The landscapes are simply stunning, with a huge variety which includes the traditional Irish greenness but also some rugged mountains in many shades of purple and brown, reminding us somewhat of parts of the west of Scotland. And constantly the presence of water, whether it be the Atlantic or the many inland Loughs.
We spent our first night in Milford, from where we explored the Glenveagh National Park, and for the rest of our time we were very generously hosted by Pip’s colleague Catriona and her husband Paddy at their holiday home in Derry. Not only that but they drove us all around County Derry and the Inishowen Peninsula so we saw the very best of sights, including the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.
This is not going to be a chronological post but simply a showing of the best of my landscape shots. I hope you will agree about the dramatic impact of this wild and hugely variable part of the island of Ireland. The light was ever-changing. We were lucky not to get very much rain (and if it rains in Ireland, it pours in Donegal, we’re told) so it was a mixture of heavy clouds and intermittent shafts of sunlight from time to time, of varying intensity, and the occasional mist.
I normally provide a link to better quality photos but this time the link contains probably twice as many photos as are here, so I do urge you to have a look at this endless variety of landscape.
We are coming to the end of our time in Ireland but there will likely be two more posts on Donegal/Derry before we return plus a wrap-up when we are back home so stay tuned!