Winter wonderland visit Donegal on Wild Atlantic Way!

Posted on: December 15, 2014

Winter Wonderland in Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way!

Few days exploring South Donegal, Ireland

Wrap up well for the festive winds, snow capped mountains and off you go!

Creevy in the Snow

Creevy Pier in the snow is a fantastic start to enjoying the views of the Sligo and Donegal Mountains!

Travel along to Rossnowlagh beach, a two mile coastal beach which boosts the strongest winds facing the Atlantic ocean!  At low tide the sands stretch for miles with great views of the surrounding mountains- you can walk from Rossnowlagh beach straight through to Murvagh in over an hour.  From here you can also see the Slieve League sea cliffs, some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe.

Rossnowlagh in the Snow

 

 

Heading north into the county, take a visit to Murvagh beach – for the brave, a visit to the 18 hole Donegal Golf Club (Murvagh Links) is one of Ireland’s outstanding Championship linksgolf courses.  From Murvagh enjoy the views of the Blue Stack Mountains under snow.

Blue Stack Mountains at Murvagh Beach

You may not be able to stay too long, due to wind strength and intense cold but it is a great area for exploring as Murvagh Beach as part of the huge Donegal Bay Estuary with sand dunes, numerous islands, complex deep water channels and sand banks.

Murvagh Beach is east of this, a curving arm of land which encloses the islands in  Donegal Bay near Donegal town itself.

Visit Donegal Town which is worth a visit. Donegal Castle is very impressive as it sits above the river in the middle of the town.  Or you might be lucky to enjoy an indoor trip of the Estuary on the Donegal Waterbus from the quay.

Donegal Castle b

 

 

 

 

 

 

St John’s Point is the long thin peninsula just to the east of Killybegs, the best headland cliffs and walk are near the Lighthouse at the tip which is almost an island in itself.

St John's Point headland

A  seven mile long peninsula that sticks out into Donegal Bay on its Northern coastline near Killybegs, which is the largest deep water fishing port, not only in Donegal but in Ireland.

The limestone bedding plane tilted at an angle into the sea.

Sloping Limestone Pavement. St John's Head

Most of the peninsula cliffs around the headland are composed of Karst limestone beds lying at various tilted angles and exposed to the full force of the wild Atlantic Ocean as the nearest land mass out to sea is either South Greenland or Newfoundland and the North East coast of Canada. The waves here have a long way to travel across the ocean and they build up a decent swell.

St John's Point Walk

This was taken at Coral Beach which was a lovely spot and very popular with sub aqua divers as St Johns point has some of the clearest coastal waters anywhere in Europe.

Rolling Seas St John's Point

Some of the huge rolling waves crashing into St John’s Peninsula.  A view from the tip of the headland.

 

Mountbatten's Castle And BenBulben From Donegal

Through the zoom enjoy Benbulben in the distance which boasts Sligo county. You can pick out Mountbatten’s castle in the mindst of BenBulben.

A distant view of Killybegs.  Killybegs is also famous for its tapestries and carpets.

Killybegs Harbour

And at the end of each day, enjoy Big Jimmy’s turf fire, a bowl of stew and a glass of vino! www.creevyexperience.com

Big Jimmys Fireplace





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