Late Evening On The Donegal Atlantic Drive by Fara
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Taken yesterday at the end of a trip around the back roads of Donegal. I am trying to work my way from the top of the county to the bottom. There is so much to see and places of interest to visit that it may take some time.
The Atlantic Drive is a spectacular road around the Rosguill Peninsula in North Donegal. The Rosguill Peninsula is a classic example of the rugged Donegal coastline and is situated between Fanad Peninsula to the east and Horn Head to the west – all three peninsulas facing into the mighty Atlantic Ocean.
The Atlantic Drive itself is approximately 12km long. You will appreciate the scenery even more if you walk or cycle this relatively short route. The walk can be completed in just over half a day.
Starting at Downings village on the western side of the Rosguill Peninsula you head northwards along the coastline of Sheepaven Bay. As you travel the winding road there are magnificent views across Sheephaven Bay towards Muckish Mountain and Horn Head.The road then takes you high above the renowned Tra na Rossan Bay, with its beautiful beach creating a golden link between two headlands.
Leaving Tra na Rossan the road sweeps north towards Melmore Head – the most northernly point of the peninsuala. This rugged headland juts out into the Atlantic ocean and commands views across towards the Fanad Peninsula. The beach at Melmore is one of finest on the peninsula.
Then the road winds south along Mulroy Bay with its many inlets and islands and beaches and the views continue to enrapture and enchant. At a picnic spot half way along this return route the dramatic Mulroy Bridge comes into view. Heading back towards Downings Meevagh church graveyard is signposted left where there is an old Latin cross and an ogham stone next to the ruins of an ancient church. As you return to the road there is a renowned traditional pub on your right – the Singing Pub. As you complete the Atlantic Drive you will enjoy sweeping views over Downings beach and harbour and Rosapenna Golf Links towards Sheepaven Bay and Muckish Mountain.

Panasonic Lumix TZ30
Straight from the camera
August 2012

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 2 years ago

    Lovely view Joyce, a very pretty place …

  • Thank you dear Tom…………………..the evening was balmy which made it particularly lovely…………..we were able to sit on the beach and watch the sheep strolling up the little narrow road………………….xx

    – Fara

  • Albert
    Albertabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful….and I agree with you…a wonderful place to relax, unwind and have a picnic.

  • Many thanks Albert………………….glad I did this yesterday ………………..today it is cold and wet………………………Joyce

    – Fara

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Many thanks Audrey…………………….Joyce

    – Fara

  • Many thanks Audrey……………………………Joyce

    – Fara

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajabout 2 years ago

    Very pretty place,wonderful colors and work!

  • It is a very pretty place dear Anna……………………………many thanks…………………………xx

    – Fara

  • vette
    vetteabout 2 years ago

    What an awesome view you have brought to us Joyce. Wonderful colours and cloud formations in the sky. Looks to be a very relaxing place to be. Wonderful narrative also giving lots of detail. Susan

  • I just adore Donegal Susan………………..it is so beautiful……………..do you have a place that exudes peace and serenity………………this is one of mine…………………..Hany should have come here to get a true perspective on things……………still no word…………………….I will send you a Bmail later my friend………………….thank you again for your lovely comments………………………Joyce……………xx

    – Fara

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamabout 2 years ago

    sounds like you are doing plenty of driving and sightseeing joyce, awesome. this place looks great. i was initially thinking it was a lake, but obviously not. awesome pic joyce !

  • Thank you so much as always darling………………….this lake as you have now gathered is the wild Atlantic and I drove so much at the weekend that my car broke down tonight on a very busy roundabout and is now in the car hospital……………………..I was however rescued by a lovely young man in a van who managed to get me off the road…………….then my lovely doctor came past and took me home…………….I really need a young man with car maintenance skills to accompany me on my travels…………………..do you know anyone?……………..the pay is not great but the chances are fantastic……………………haha……………………cheers my friend…………………………Joyce

    – Fara

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