Road Trip To Muckross Head: Part 1

My last post was on from a walk up Croaghmuckros in Co. Donegal, a walk which was an unplanned bonus at the end of what was intended to be just a mini road trip along the coast between Donegal Town and Muckross Head.  My plan was to visit some of the little nook and crannies along the coast that I hadn’t been to before, ignoring places like Mountcharles, Killybegs and Fintragh Bay that I was already familiar with.  The ultimate aim was Muckross Head, but there were a few beaches and other spots along the way on my list of stopping points.  I could cruise along at my leisure, take whatever diversions I wanted, and change my plans anytime depending on what I found.

 

One of the main reasons I was taking a road trip rather than heading for the hills or mountains was the spell of miserably wet weather we’d been having, so as I left Co Tyrone and entered Donegal on a minor road near the Bluestacks, I was pleasantly surprised by the sunshine, although the sky still showed the potential for trouble.

 

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Sunshine, but a dusting of snow on the Bluestacks, and a sky with the potential for rain.

 

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Barnes Gap ahead, my way through the Bluestacks to Donegal Town.

 

With nothing set in stone and no fixed timetable, after passing Donegal Town, I broke my first rule straight away by visiting a beach I have been to before several times.  I’ve never been able to find out if it has a name, but its not far off the N56, just outside Donegal Town, beside Donegal Rugby Club.  On the short road in, I stopped for a shot along the estuary.

 

 

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Alongside the estuary just outside Donegal Town.

 

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My first beach of the day, and there was still a lot of cloud around.

 

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The Dartry Mountains in the distance.  They would be a prominent sight all along this part of the coastline, especially later on the summit of Croaghmuckros.

 

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There were glimpses of blue sky.

 

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Making my way back out to the main road, I stopped before reaching it along the shore of the estuary where the River Eske flows into Donegal Bay.

 

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I was enjoying the leisurely pace and freedom to stop whenever something caught my eye, and I hadn’t gone far after rejoining the main road before stopping again on the shore of Donegal Bay at a small slipway.

 

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It was developing into a really nice morning now.

 

Next stop was a new location to me, at one end of a beach which continues a little way west to the village of Inver.

 

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My last stop this side of Killybegs was at a pier near the village of Bruckless, again, a short way down a narrow side road.

 

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On the road down to the pier.

 

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Next post – continuing to Muckros Head and Croaghmuckros..

 

 

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