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.


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!


A quiet beach in Carrickfin

 I was the only person there that day!


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.


The road to Dooey Beach


A stretch of coastline near Dungloe

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


Carrickfin Beach


A quiet cove near Mullaghderg Beach


Sea Thrift growing in lots of nooks and crannies


Errigal Mountain – Donegal’s highest peak.


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…

Brigid P. Gallagher

Memoir: “Watching the Daisies – Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow” is available from Amazon and all good online book stores.

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  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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  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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  7. Oh what a lovely place to live – you are so fortunate (and you deserve to live in beauty since you appreciate it so very well). Gorgeous photos – breathtaking, actually.

    I found your About page fascinating, btw – but couldn’t find a way to comment there. It must have been particularly distressing to fall ill after taking such care with your health that you made a career of it. It seems like you’ve beaten back firbro a bit, and I’m happy to see that health has returned.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    • Yes. I feel very blessed to live here. My parents grew up here but had to move to Scotland for employment. However we came back every summer. Yes it was a big blow to fall ill. It came after a big fire which came very close to my home back in 2003. I think it was caused by the shock. I am thankful to feel much better but I have limits…
      I will be posting next week about the onset of it all. I have never written a post about it till now. It is all in my book. X

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    • Thank you. I was out today and took lots more photographs. I had planned a trip to an island but it was raining when the ferry was due to leave so I had to cancel. The sun came out later as I took a trip around the coast. Magic.


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