Donegal – The Coolest Place on the Planet

This week’s Bikes in Bloom post attracted a lot of lovely feedback, and many of you commented on the natural beauty of my village, located in Donegal, Ireland.

Your have inspired me to share this post once again, which includes a collection of photographs, showcasing my homeland.

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A secret location on one of my favourite walks

My first post The Power of Place featured this photograph.  I am keeping its location top secret!

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A quiet beach in Carrickfin

 I was the only person there that day!

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A fence near Mullaghderg Lake

Fences was my first entry in “Dutch Goes the Photo Challenge”, and I included the following photographs in this post.

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The road to Dooey Beach

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A stretch of coastline near Dungloe

 These photographs made an appearance in The Rosses – part of Jacqueline’s “Echoes of my Neighbourhood” photographic challenge.

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Carrickfin Beach

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A quiet cove near Mullaghderg Beach

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Sea Thrift growing in lots of nooks and crannies

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Errigal Mountain – Donegal’s highest peak.

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The Boat Strand, Carrickfin

Carrickfin featured a photograph of The Boat Strand, taken on a hot summers day when I just had to go to the beach! That post finished with a poem about the end of the Celtic Tiger, and the loss of so many jobs.

National Geographic Traveller (UK) recently named Donegal as “The Coolest Place on the Planet. “

I hope this award will turn the tide of change…

You can read more about life in Donegal in my memoir “Watching the Daisies” available from all good online bookstores.


79 thoughts on “Donegal – The Coolest Place on the Planet

  1. Oh my Brigid…Donegal is lovely…now I have a better understanding of why the settlers to New England felt so comfortable in their new homeland….just the flip side of the Atlantic. Rugged and so beautiful.

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  2. Many years ago I had a lovely lady who worked for me called May. She was from Donegal and some days she would say to me ‘I need to close me eyes so I can see home’ …. your pictures tell me exactly why 😊

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      1. She did. She and her husband raised 5 boys in Oxfordshire and he had a building business. One day she came in with a very serious look on her face and said ‘the lads can make their own sunday dinners now – well to be truthful their wives can do it – so me and Padraic are off home’ … we kept in touch for a while (this would have been about 1990 and pre emails) but I wonder often if she is still with us (she would be now in her mid 80s … she was a lovely gentle soul.

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      2. They were close to Bundoran. She used to laugh being a true Southerner. I don’t have my old address book with me but when I can I will find it and look out the address I had for her and send her a letter. Or a pretty card. If she is still with us I should make contact. If she isn’t someone will remember her and smile 😊

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  3. Hello Brigid,
    This post is making my craving to see Ireland even stronger. And that’s a big statement.
    Congratulations on your feature too. Such an honour.
    Until next post, enjoy your lovely countryside and summer days 🌝💐

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  4. Hi Brigid! What a gorgeous place. Ireland is high on my ‘Bucket List’ and I’m going to have to make a note of Donegal. Your pictures paint a lovely picture of the place. Nicely done. 😀

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  5. Your’e right Brigid– it’s so beautiful and looks restful. We have a dear younger friend who just moved to Cork from California– but I looked up on the map and he’s at the opposite extreme of the country from you! His pictures are green and beautiful as well. We’re dreaming of going to visit hime someday… Thanks for the walk through your part of the country… Hope you are doing well friend. xox

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  6. Ohh Dasies, this is such a truly breathtaking post. If you had kept secret where all of these photograps were taken I would have known instantly that it was Ireland. There is a certain colour to an Irish sky and to the grassland in Ireland which is unique. The tone of Green is, quite simply, Ireland.

    How lucky you were to be the only person on the beach in Carrickfin that day. An empty beach with just yourself on it is such a wonderful gift.
    Thank you for the share.
    ~ Cobs. x 🌷

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