Posted by: marthabernie | September 21, 2014


When most people think of Ireland, they think of green rolling hills.  Well, there is plenty of that type of landscape, but there are also mountains and dramatic coastlines.  In  2006 I spent a few days driving around County Donegal, and I was amazed at the number of mountains and the beautiful cliffs and old fortifications along the coast.  Donegal is a funny shaped place and you no more than drive through a mountain than you hit a valley filled with sheep and old ruins.  Then you drive a little further and hit the coast again.  There are several bays and “loughs” (lakes) in Donegal, and no matter where you go in this county, water is never far away!

The photo above was taken along the northern coast and what you don’t see is the Atlantic Ocean that was between the cliff and the jutting rock in front of it where the old fort or castle stood.  It appeared to have been there for centuries, so I wondered how people got across  from one to the other.  Perhaps they took a boat from some other location and then scaled the jutting rock formation to stand guard in that tower.  I don’t know, but obviously the people who lived here during the Middle Ages did not have easy transportation getting from one place to another.


  1. Loved this…as a Donegal person!


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