Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Coast and Hills of Donegal #100corners

Today I started out in Killybegs and ended up in Dunfanaghy in North Donegal. With the exception of a heavy thundery shower in Burtonport, it was a pleasant day for riding. M y first major port of call was at the Slieve League Cliffs, the highest in Europe. Though not quite as sheer and spectacular as the Cliffs of Moher, they are still very impressive. After this I moved on to Malin More and Malin Beg - nice views, but not a lot else. In Glencolumcille I stopped at the well and church of St Columcille. Just before Ardara I stopped at a fantastic view of a valley leading to the town. Naran and Portnoo were not so interesting, by now I am fed up of looking at the beaches on the Wild Atlantic Way.

I rode on towards Dunglow and Burtonport when the clouds suddenly burst open with heavy rain and thunder. I stopped at The Lobster Pot for a late lunch and to get in out of the rain. The photo below gives an idea of how heavy the brief shower was. In the iPhone screenshot from Met Eireann, I was under the yellow bit over Donegal.

Rain in Burtonport
Rain in Burtonport

I stopped in Bunbeg to check out the small harbour and continued on to Bloody Foreland. By now the rain and clouds had disappeared and my last port of call for the day was to Dunfanaghy and the wonderful Horn Head. In what was not a particularly interesting day for points of interest, Horn Head turned out to provide fantastic views and scenery. I am staying at the Forest Lodge B&B which is about a 15 minute walk from the village. My post this evening is from Patsy Dan's Bar on Main Street.

I should finish my tour of Donegal tomorrow and head into Derry City where I have never been, before riding back to Dublin. Hopefully the weather will hold up!

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