Ruins at Cashelnagor, County Donegal, Ireland

George Row

Derry, United Kingdom

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[15mm fisheye, 360, Cashelnagor, Canon EOS 5d mk ii, Canon raw, Clocks, cottage, Derryveagh, Donegal, historic, Ireland, Irish, landscape, mountains, panorama, planet, railway, ruin, scarf, sky out, stereographic, VR, West Donegal, WWP, one feature,>100 >500 >1,000 >2,000 >3,000 views]

  1. 30 th November 2016 View Count reached 3,000

  1. Source images were shot in Canon raw mode on a Canon EOS 5d mk ii with a Canon 15mm fisheye lens

This panorama was shot as part of the World Wide Panorama project’s Ruins event and is best viewed in full screen Virtual reality mode.

Cashelnagor – in Irish “Caiseal na gCorr” – literally means “Stone Fort of the Cranes” (or Herons). Cashelnagor is a townland in the Donegal Gaeltacht – the Irish speaking part of Ireland’s rugged, windswept northwestern county.

It’s a small area that nestles between the Derryveagh mountains and the more populated strip along the Atlantic coast. It was made famous by the poetry of Cathal O Searcaigh, a member of Ireland’s Council of Artists: The Aosdana, who grew up in Cashelnagor and has written many poems about or inspired by it.

The Derryveagh mountain chain consists of seven peaks including Muckish, the Aghlas and Errigal. At 750m Errigal is the highest mountain in County Donegal.

The 1911 census lists hundreds of households in Cashelnagor. Now there are a scattering of houses, most of them empty. There are many ruins. This is a particularly fine example.

This house was built in a dip, to shelter from the wind that blows in from the sea across the peat bog. It also has a high L-shaped stone behind it and along one side, to provide more shelter.

The mountain chain can be seen peeping over the nearby hillside. The cone shaped peak of Mount Errigal can be seen on the right. A lot of people were lost from the landscape here through death, evictions and immigration during the famine years of the 1840s. In many cases their houses – built of wood, turf and thatch – just rotted into the ground leaving very little trace. This fine house was built of stone with a slate roof so it has left its mark.

The Derry to Dungloe railway line ran right past the yard around the house. A few hundred metres back up the track is the ruin of Cashelnagor Railway Station. The house was built of the same flat quarried stone as was used to build the walls and embankments around the railway line.

So I guess that the house was built sometime after the famine, and after 1850 when the railway line was opened. Perhaps the first occupant had something to do with the railway. The last train ran through here in 1952. There is evidence that in its later years the house had electricity. So it was certainly lived in during the early part of the twentieth century.

There two other houses visible in the photograph – a twentieth century whitewashed cottage at eleven O’clock and a modern bungalow at twelve o’clock. Both of these, while sound, are uninhabited. Modern day evictions happen come in the form of bank foreclosures rather than unsympathetic landlords – but the resulting emigration has much the same effect on the empty landscape.


  1. The source images were taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II, Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens.
    The camera was mounted on a Kaiden Kiwi panorama adapter on a Manfrotto 190XDB tripod.

Horizontal photographs were taken at 60° angles and also two ground shots and a sky shot. Each “shot” consisted of three bracketed exposures from +2 to -2 stops.

A total of 27 separate images were combined using Hugin (which in turn invokes Nona, Enfuse and Enblend) in order to achieve this High Dynamic Range type result and to accommodate the moving vehicles.

History of this photograph on RedBubble

  1. 30 th November 2016 View Count reached 3,000
  2. 13 th February 2016 View Count reached 2,000
  3. 10 th March 2015 View Count reached 1,000
  4. 28 th December 2014 View Count reached 500
  5. 8 th October 2014 View Count reached 100
  6. 2nd October 2014 Featured in the World Wide Panorama Projects Ruins event. It can be seen in Virtual Reality format on the WWP site where it is best viewed in Full Screen mode.
  7. 1 st October 2014 Achieved its first feature in the group Historic Sites
  8. 30th September 2014 Uploaded to RedBubble
  9. 6th September 2014 Shot this photograph at Cashelnagor in County

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