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Killybegs to Buncrana

Ireland 2008

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large_1297706_14345728077761.jpgToday again a beautiful and sunny day. In the port of Killybegs, we were pointed to the presence of some seals, they did not come real close but you could see their heads sticking out of the water. Today on the program Slieve League, with 598 meters Europe's largest cliff. This is really spectacular. You can walk all the way along the edge of the cliff, we didn't follow the whole trail though. On our way back down we started a conversation with a photographer who was waiting for just the right lightfall, he wanted to know if the view was getting better further up, we said not better, just different. He would wait a bit for the perfect shot and then go down for a really bad cup of coffee. He stated the Irish can't cook and can't make a decent cup of coffee (nb. he's an Irishman himself) I don't think the Irish can't cook but on the coffee part I think he's right.large_1297706_14345728317621.jpg

We drive to Dungloe and through the Derryveagh Mountains. Nice view on Errigal, highest mountain of Derryveagh. It looks like there's snow on the top but that only the light color rocks.

Then Letterkenny and on to the Inishowen peninsula. We visit Grianán Ailigh. The first building in this place dates back to 5th century BC and the current form is the result of the restorations that have taken place around 1870. Through narrow stairs on the wall you can climb the terraces where you have a beautiful view of the surroundings.large_1297706_14345728544630.jpg

Then we drive to Carndonagh, there should be a beautiful 7th century high cross there. We start our search at the cemetery, up till now all high crosses were at the cemetery, not this one though! We asked a local about it and he said follow me I will show you where it’s at. We walked up to the street, got in his car (!), drove a bit (not too far) and there it was, just by the side of the road. The man told us it used to be on the opposite side of the road but was moved with road works. He offered to wait to bring us back to the cemetery but we thought it would be fine to walk back, it’s not that far, so we thanked him and he left. The high cross is really beautiful and obviously very old. It’s the first one with its own roof to protect it for the effects of the weather.

Then a walk back to where we parked our car and on our way to our next B&B in Buncrana. Navigating is a bit more difficult because the lead language in Donegal [Donegal-travel-guide-936171] county is Gaelic and though most signs are both in English and Gaelic some are just in Gaelic. So is Letterkenny in Gaelic Leitir ceanainn and the city Centre is an lár. but we managed to get to the right place


Posted by Stefmuts 04:18 Archived in Ireland Tagged landscapes cliffs high_cross

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