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Knocknarea Cairn
Grianán of Aileách
Fanad Head
Inishowen Peninsula

Sat 25-Oct 03	Ballina (Co. Mayo) - Letterkenny, Co. Donegal  

Today we drove from Ballina up into Sligo and stopped off at Strandhill and climbed to see the large Knocknarea Cairn which took about 30-35 minutes.  Great views.  The rain held out while we were there but was coming in fast.

Strandhill, Sligo

Knocknarea Cairn, Strandhill, Sligo

Next we continued our drive north into County Donegal.  Popped up onto the Inishowen Peninsula to see the Grianán of Aileách stone fort.  We did this detour today so we could go to the associated information centre which would be closed when we returned tomorrow - don't be tempted to do the same, as it is the worst information centre we have EVER seen!!  Anyway, the fort was okay, with great views (but absolutely freezing!).

Grianán of Aileách Stone Fort, Burt, Inishowen Peninsula, Co. Donegal

Grianán of Aileách

Although the weather wasn't looking very promising, we decided this was probably our one and only chance to see Fanad Head/Peninsula (the next peninsula to the west of Inishowen, above Letterkenny).  We are very glad we did.  It was very beautiful coastal scenery, beaches and equal with Glenveagh and Inishowen Peninsula as our highlights of Co. Donegal.  Stayed the night in Letterkenny.

There's a church under there somewhere, Portsalon, Fanad Head 

Military Fort, Fanad Head

Warden's Beach / Ballymastocker Bay, Fanad Head

Fanad Head

Pollard's Great Arch

Ramelton, Fanad Head

Sun 26-Oct 03	Letterkenny, Co. Donegal - Derry City (Co. Derry, Northern Ireland)  Republic of Ireland Flag UK Flag (Union Jack) Northern Ireland Flag

 Got up early and headed back onto the Inishowen Peninsula again.  First we went out onto Inch Island (which is connected to the mainland by a bridge), to see some cute little bays, beaches and a pier.  Further north up the peninsula we went out to Dunree head and it's old military fort.  Some more lovely coastal views - a nice fine day today.

Dunree Fort @ Dunree Head, Inishowen Peninsula

Near Dunree Head

Enough Said!
(sign on a pub in Buncrana)

 Next we went through the mountain pass of the 'Gap of Mamore', with stunning views over to Dunaff Head and Fanad head.  Drove out onto Doagh island and then out onto Malin Head.

Gap of Mamore, Inishowen Peninsula

Donegal Donkey's, Near Dunaff

Typical Traditional Irish Cottage

Doagh Island, Inishowen Peninsula

Carrickbrackey castle, Doagh Island

Malin Head is the most northerly point of Ireland (i.e. ironically further north than all of 'Northern Ireland') and has more great coastal views.  After a bit of a wander around we then continued on our way around the peninsula to Greencastle, Inishowen Head etc before then heading over to Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland for the night - a very nice little city!  (population of 72,000)  We stayed in a really quaint 19th Century 4-level townhouse converted into a B&B (The Saddler's House).   A very nice days drive!

Malin Head, Inishowen Peninsula

Malin Head


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