Hi everyone. I hope I find you all keeping well. This week we’re back on the road again as we continue our traveling around Ireland series. It’s time to head up to the north of the country to take a look at some of the many delights on offer in this beautiful part of the world. So let’s buckle up and get on the road!
Traveling Around Ireland. Northern Stars
1. Malin Head, County Donegal
We begin with the majesty and drama of Ireland’s most northerly point. Malin head is the last port of call on the stunning Inishowen Peninsula amd marks the beginning of the Wild Atlantic Way. The Atlantic waves crash off the rocks in what seems like very direction at this most dramatic of Irish coastlines. It’s easy to see why it was chosen as location for the Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 2017.
2. Devenish Island, County Fermanagh
Next up, we’re heading to County Fermanagh for a trip back in time to ancient Ireland. Devenish Island is no doubt the most magical of the some 154 islands on Lough Erne. This monastic settlement dates back to the 6th century and was founded by Saint Molaise. It suffered Viking raids but flourished in the Middle Ages as St Marys Augustinian Priory. Buildings survive from the 12th century and the stunning stone high cross dating back to the 15th century is a must-see.
3. Mourne Mountains, County Down
4. Giants Causeway, County Antrim
Time to head into County Antrim for a trip to one of Ireland’s natural wonders and a must see on any trip traveling around Ireland. This awe-inspiring geological wonder consists of 40,000 basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. The mythical tale attached to this part of the world is somewhat more dramatic! Legend has it that the causeway is a path forged by Irish mythological giant Finn Mac Cool when he was challenged to go into combat with his Scottish rival giant, Benandonner.
5. Silver Strand, Malinbeg, County Donegal
I’m going to end our northern journey with a trip to one of its many beautiful beaches. Many beaches claim to be the most beautiful in Ireland for very good reason. Of course it’s impossible to choose but if pushed, this would have to be the one for me. This perfectly formed horseshoe bay with its sandy white strand and irresistible blue waters is such a feast for the senses. Descend the many stone steps and find yourself wrapped in majestic cliffs with stunning Atlantic views.
Thanks so much for your company. Do join me next week for a trip to Ireland’s Ancient East.
Take care of yourselves and each other,
Slán go fóill!