27.12.2013 - 30.01.2014 8 °C
For a native of a cosy, leafy corner of suburban south Dublin, the remote wilderness of rural County Donegal in the north-west corner of Ireland is probably about as different a place you could find from my urban background without travelling to a different country. So perhaps it's fitting that this is location for the first post I've ever written about travel within Ireland.
Late December is probably not the most popular time to visit this area because of the wet winter weather, but then warmth and sunshine are elusive most of the time in Ireland, and no less so in the wild northwest.
The weather did not spoil the view either as the rugged green landscape seems to look best when it's a little wet!
We stayed in a cottage outside Ardara that boasted spectacular views as well as many sheep, gates and mud on the outside and a cosy hearth getaway on the inside where radio is the new wifi and books are the new television. Trust me this is a good thing not a bad thing, call it a digital detox. Plus there's delicious food and drink in the village itself, such as the mussels at Nancy's Bar (Charles McHugh), as well as excellent trad music.
Anyway enough blather, here's some nice pictures :-)
The view from our driveway (yes, you read that correctly)
The road to Slieve League, as seen from about halfway looking back to the entrance. Having initially attempted this on foot and feeling like I was trapped in the set of Waiting for Godot, we went back for the car :-)
This picture pretty much sums up driving in Donegal :-)
Some views of Slieve League mountain and its Atlantic sea-cliffs
Trad session in The Corner House