A quick post (interrupting my Mweelrea Walk series) to show the first 5 slideshows in a Youtube set I’ve been working on. The plan is to do a series of slideshows on most of the beaches in Co. Donegal, starting in the northeast on the shores of Lough Foyle, and ending in Bundoran in the southwest. The counter-clockwise trip will eventually cover around 1130km of coastline!
The first 5 videos posted so far complete the eastern shore of the Inishowen Peninsula.
First up is series of coarse sand and stony beaches in eastern Inishowen, on the shores of Lough Foyle, around the small towns of Moville and Greencastle.
Next, a couple of beaches found either side of Stroove lighthouse; White Strand on the south, and Stroove Beach on the north. The lighthouse provides a focus point for photographers, but there are also some fantastic rocks, and an odd old jetty.
Part 3 covers Kinnagoe Bay, a beautiful stretch of sandy beach backed by cliffs, and again, with some fantastic rock formations for the photographer. Also featured is Tremone Bay with its monument for Thomas D’Arcy McGee who left here for Canada and played a key role in its history.
Part 4 covers Culdaff and its long sandy strand with Bunagee pier at the northern end, Portmor, also with a pier, and another, unnamed stony beach close to Malin Head.
Finally, concluding the journey along the eastern coast of the Inishowen Peninsula is the fantastic Ballyhillin Beach. This raised, stony beach was one of my favourites. There was a constant clicking of pebbles as they rattled together in the surf which was really crashing into the beach. There was an amazing variety of colours in the pebbles, and there are semi-precious stones to be found among them including cornelian, chalcedony, jasper, serpentine and agate. The wider views take in Banba’s Crown on Malin Head, with its old watch tower from the Napoleonic Wars.
If nothing else, the videos have been a sort of cheap digital photo frame for me, as I can watch them as a playlist on Youtube on the big TV in our living room 🙂