Errigal,Donegal.

18th November 2012.

We spent a pleasant if somewhat low key evening in the house as a similar forecast to yesterdays was in prospect requiring another early start to make the most of the weather.

Graeme`s hoose.

The Love Nest.

The Love Nest.

We headed up through Letterkenny and onwards through Glenveigh National Park.This is the table top summit of Muckish photographed through the car window and according to Graeme it has a fantastic view up the west coast of Scotland.

Muckish.

Muckish.

We had intended doing the classic scramble up the north ridge of Errigal but we didn`t have time if we were going to beat the incoming bad weather.So,it was another classic ascent of Errigal,the classic Irish bog from the tourist car park 🙂

Looking back over to the crags at the eatern end of the Poisoned Glen.Quite a few of the early pioneering routes here were done by a Scottish guy by the name of Maxfield in the 50`s and his name features in the early Cobbler guides.Bonington and Estcourt had also visited in the 60`s.

The Poisoned Glen.

The Poisoned Glen.

The bog was boggy 🙂 but we were soon on to terra firma where Alan soon raced ahead trying to set some sort of speed record in an effort to stay dry. Graeme had an even more cunning plan to stay dry which involved staying in the car for a quick nap 🙂 As Alan disappeared into the distance Bob and I reverted to our usual pace and the views soon opened up albeit only to the south and east.

View east over Mackoght to Muckish in the far distance.

mackoght

Mackoght

The cloud was hanging over the west face denying us the view out to the Atlantic islands so most of the following pics are sort of similar.We were joined by Kim and Peta from Darwin,Australia who were on a one month flying visit to Europe and had just flown over from Scotland the previous evening after a visit to Iceland.

Bob,Kim, and Peta at the summit with the Poisoned Glen cliffs in the background leading to Slieve Snaght on the right.

kim and peta from darwin

Errigal summit.

One of the locals on his weekly ascent, rather optimistically it must be said,points out landmarks to the girls.

Errigal summit.

Summit

Bob an I took the short walk out to the north top.From here on a clear day it`s possible to see where both my maternal grandparents were born.One to Bobs left in Donegal and one across the sea on Islay in the other direction 🙂

North top of Errigal

North top of Errigal

A couple of pics of the walk down.

Bob,Kim and Peta.

Bob,Kim and Peta.

Kim from Darwin

Kim from Darwin

Much zoomed view over Gortahork to Tory Island which apparently has some good rock climbing including this ridge which I quite fancy though whether my rapidly aging body would feel likewise I`m not so sure 🙂

Tory Island from Errigal.

Tory Island from Errigal.

See here for Ian Millers excellent Donegal site about it….

http://iain-miller.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/tory-island-rock-climbing-donegal.html

You really should have alook at some of his videos of the Donegal sea stacks 🙂

We then went for a drive round north west Donegal stopping for a closer look at the crags in the Poisoned Glen from Dunlewy.I`ve had to alter this pic as it was pretty dark by this time.

The Poisoned Glen.

The Poisoned Glen.

The old ruined church at Dunlewy.

Dunlewy church.

Dunlewy church.

From there we went up the north west coast via Gweedore to the very tip of Ireland at Bloody Foreland where it was Bloody Freezing 🙂

The tortured coastline of North West Donegal…..

Bloody Foreland.

Bloody Foreland.

Further along we went for what could be termed a “bracing walk” on the beach at Falcarragh to see Horn Head.

Horn Head.

Horn Head.

Just outside Dunfanaghy we came across this unfinished housing development below,apparently one of forty nine similar developments in Donegal that have gone bust.

Credit crunch blight.

Credit crunch blight.

                                              Unfinished housing development, Dunfanaghy
These houses look as though they are currently being constructed. However, when I visited Dunfanaghy in July 2008 they looked to be in exactly the same state as pictured here. A victim of the credit crunch I would imagine.
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We rounded the day off down in Letterkenny for a tour of Irelands most popular radio station,Highland Radio, where Graeme`s girlfriend Marion works.They even let us loose in the room that houses their cd collection though I`m sure Jools would turn up his nose at such a minimalist collection 🙂
Highland Radio.

Highland Radio music collection.

And that concludes the flying visit to Donegal .We`ll be back 🙂

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6 Responses to Errigal,Donegal.

  1. bob says:

    Great post. Great trip.

  2. Must get to Ireland sometime, we keep talking about it. Looks really nice.

  3. Nice to get a look round the radio station!

    The Poisoned Glen, although it doesn’t sound like it, looks a nice spot 🙂

  4. McEff says:

    Hi Alex. That looks great country. You’ve got me musing over another trip myself sometime, though in warmer weather I think. Didn’t somebody sing a song called the Poisoned Glen back in the 1980s? It rings a bell in the dark depths of memory.
    Cheers, Alen

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