Donegal

My trip to the northern part of Ireland continued in Donegal (you can read about the first part here). I spent there one and a half days. I planned a lot of stops for the first day and the journey for this day had a lot of kilometers (468 km from Derry to Bundoran, making detours to the north and west coast of Donegal), but the days in February are very short, so I decided to make half the trip the first day and go back to the west part of Donegal on the second day. It was a good decision.

I love how my travel guide describes Donegal as “the wild child of Ireland”. It is a remote area, the roads are smaller, the towns are more scattered than in other regions of Ireland and the landscape is stunning. I didn’t feel as isolated here as I felt when I traveled around Iceland or Scotland. However, its huge cliffs (Slieve League is three times higher than the famous Cliffs of Moher), remote lighthouses and impressive valleys make of Donegal one of the most beautiful regions of all Ireland.

The first day I visited Malin head, the northernmost location in Ireland, the lighthouse of Fanad head, Glenveagh National Park and the gorgeous Poisoned Glen. The weather that day was humid and windy and I was rewarded with some of the most magical lights I’ve ever seen: rainbows and the sun breaking through the clouds during the whole day. The second day I visited the impressive Glengesh Pass and the huge Slieve League cliffs, where the strong wind made almost impossible to take any photograph. Then, before heading to Dublin, I took a little detour to visit the Gleniff Horseshoe drive in Sligo.

I believe this trip to the northern part of Ireland has been one of the most rewarding I’ve ever made, photographically speaking. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them! 🙂

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Irish light. Canon EOS 1200D 35mm f/11 1/125sec. ISO100
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Irish light 2. Canon EOS 1200D 14mm f/11 1/160sec. ISO 400
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Malin Head. Canon EOS 1200D 10mm f/22 25sec. ISO400 ND1024
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Where the rainbow ends in Fanad Head. Canon EOS 1200D 27mm f/11 1/320sec. ISO800
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Lighthouse at Fanad Head. Canon EOS 1200D 12mm f/11 1/125sec. ISO800
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Doe Castle. Canon EOS 1200D 100mm f/11 1/320sec. ISO800
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Golden hour at Glenveagh National Park. Canon EOS 1200D 20mm f/11 1/10sec. ISO200
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Golden hour at Glenveagh National Park 2. Canon EOS 1200D 25mm f/11 1/10sec. ISO200
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Poisoned Glen. Canon EOS 1200D 27mm f/11 1/60sec. ISO800
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Mt. Errigal and the abandoned Dunlewey Church. Canon EOS 1200D 27mm f/11 1/30sec. ISO800
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Assarrancagh waterfall. Canon EOS 1200D 27mm f/11 30sec. ISO200
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Glengesh Pass. Canon EOS 1200D 40mm f/5 1/400sec. ISO100
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Slieve League. Canon EOS 1200D 10mm f/11 1/250sec. ISO400
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Small waterfall at Gleniff Horseshoe Drive. Canon EOS 1200D 25mm f/25 0.8sec. ISO100
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Gleniff Horseshoe Drive. Canon EOS 1200D 18mm f/11 1/250sec. ISO100
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Gleniff Horseshoe Drive 2. Canon EOS 1200D 18mm f/11 1/250sec. ISO400
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Mt. Benbulbin. Canon EOS 1200D 18mm f/22 1/200sec. ISO400
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