The Wild Atlantic Way – Cnoc Fola
I planned to take you to an island this week but the ferry never left the pier due to rain, rain and more rain…
Feeling rather downhearted, I pondered on a suitable alternative, and after a trip to the local library followed by a coffee and slice of cake, the sun came out.
So we are now travelling along a small stretch of a 2500km Irish tourist initiative known as “The Wild Atlantic Way.”
First stop is a view over the islands to the west, including the island I had planned to visit. Furthest away lies Arranmore, followed by Cruit, Owey, Gola…
Next we travel towards Cnoc Fola meaning “Hill of Blood,” which is “a rocky headland that turns rusty red at sunset,” as written on the signs at this “Discovery Point” for the Wild Atlantic Way.
Looking backwards, the islands are still visible:
The Islands as seen from Cnoc Fola
Moving on, we pass lots of peat bogs with another headland called Horn Head in the distance.
We can also see Tory Island. It lies 9 miles off the coast, and is the most remote inhabited island off the coast of Ireland. St Colmcille founded a monastery on Tory in the 6th century.
Although the island is often pounded by the mighty Atlantic, it still has a thriving community.
A ferry takes visitors to Tory from the pier at Magheraroarty. A stunning beach runs alongside the pier.
Behind the beach, lies an inlet with a view of the flat top of Muckish Mountain on the horizon.
A traditional thatched cottage makes another ideal photo opportunity. Sadly, there are very few remaining.
The journey from home would normally take me a total of 30 minutes. However, I enjoyed taking extra time to breathe in the views.
I made the most of my day trip and followed the road beyond to the town of Falcarragh, where I visited a stunning garden called Cluain na dTor which means “Meadow of Shrubs”. I shall post pictures of that visit next week.
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