Donegal delights

Ireland has plenty of green hills and quaint thatched cottages

Ireland is one of those truly magical places making it easy to believe that there are leprechauns and other mythical creatures roaming around waiting at the bottom of some misty garden, lake or mountain side to pop out at you. Ok, maybe I had a Guinness or two too many but it really is a place of wonder.

Every County of Ireland has its own unique beauty. Driving down the crooked laneways is both enchanting and at times hair-raising if you happen upon some on-coming traffic. While you may not know where you are really going, and asking for directions isn’t going to always help either, it doesn’t matter because wherever you end up it is more than likely to be beautiful and breathtaking. There are plenty of stone walls and ancient relics along the way so you will need your camera at the ready.

Let the lane ways lead you

If forced to make a decision about which is my favourite Country in Ireland then it would have to be Donegal. While not part of Northern Ireland it is home to the northernmost tip of the country, Malin Head.

It is also home to music sensations Clannad and Enya. You might even happen upon them playing at their father’s pub, Leo’s Tavern, in Crolly near the secluded north-west town of Gweedore where they grew up. Whoever’s playing you will be in for a treat.

Make sure you take the road to the western shores of Ireland to Cnoc Fola (Bloody Foreland) as this is where you’ll see some of the countries most rugged and picturesque sights.  If you’re so inclined it is also a popular surfing spot, but don’t forget your wetsuit! Thankfully, you will be pleased to know, the place didn’t get its name from some terrible battle or massacre, it is called the Bloody Foreland due to the way the sun turns the rocks red, particularly at sunset.

Castles and turrets and relics for all

Continue following the road around to the Slieve Peninsula and out on the solitary road to Gleann Cholm Cille (Glencolmcille) a delightful hamlet right at the Altantic Ocean’s edge. Spend at least a day walking the along the cliffs, but be careful of strong gusts of wind!

If tweed is your thing, and why wouldn’t it be, there is more to it than kilts and golf caps, then stop at Donegal Town and visit one of the tweed or woollen shops to pick up some fabric or an already made garment to take home.

Wherever you roam and wander Ireland is sure to delight!

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