Toome Hill

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Toome Lough.

 

Toome is a small (175m) hill near Lettermacaward in Co. Donegal.  I was walking it because we were on a family day out, which rules out bigger hills and mountains, but it was no sacrifice as this was a great little hill.  We were heading north on the N56, and turned off to the left shortly after crossing the bridge over the Gweebarra River.  We then parked on an unnamed, narrow road, southeast of the hill, just between Toome Lough and the smaller Lough Achush.  It was an easy walk up the gentle slope to the summit, marked by a trig pillar.  Initially following a little tumbled down stone wall, the views were great over the many small loughs in the area, particularly Toome Lough.  At the summit, more extensive views opened up to the north over Trawenagh Bay, to Croaghegly Hill, and west over Ranny Lough to sandy beaches, a large sand dune, and the ocean.  The haze on the day we were there made photography difficult, but didn’t spoil the views.  Well worth the little effort required to climb this hill.

 

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Just starting the ascent with a view over Toome Lough to the western edge of the Bluestack Mountains.

 

 

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The tumble down wall which we initially followed, before turning left for the summit.

 

 

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Looking over some of the many little loughs in the area, to the Bluestacks.

 

 

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Toome Lough.

 

 

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Beginning to get some views northwards.

 

 

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With more height, the views over Toome Lough were hard to beat.

 

 

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Trawenagh Bay to the north.

 

 

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Looking west.

 

 

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You can just about make out the large sand dune through the haze near the right of the frame, and beyond that on the other side of the bay, would be in the direction of Portnoo and Narin I think.

 

 

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One of the great things about the hill was its rocky character, particularly higher up, which gave it a more rugged feel than its height would suggest.

 

 

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At the summit and trig pillar.

 

 

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The green and gold material was a huge, fallen Donegal flag.  It was too heavy to stay up when I tried to re-erect it.

 

 

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Over Trawenagh Bay.

 

 

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Croaghegly hill in the distance, across the bay.

 

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Ranny Lough, and a better view of that sand dune.

 

 

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Starting to make our way back down again.

 

 

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Back down at the road side – this last few feet had been the steepest part of the hill.

 

A really enjoyable little hill, and we were then off for a look at nearby Dooey beach.

 

 

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