I must admit I struggled to compose this picture. I hardly ever take pictures of big landscapes, as I prefer quieter, simpler or smaller scenes. But it is hard to resist to at least try to capture the moment of beautiful light and amazing scenery. It is not one of my favourite pictures but there is a wonderful memory behind it, when I was standing at the edge of the cliff watching the sun go down behind the clouds, the tide come into the bay, and the waves crash against the rugged coastline. Martin joined me for the last few moments of daylight and after that we drove back to spend the evening together over a delicious dinner and a well deserved glass of wine.
Malin Head lies on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal, at the most northerly tip of the island of Ireland. It is renowned for its rugged coastal landscape and attractive beaches. These days it is also a famous filming location. When a huge structure appeared on a cliff’s edge, everybody was wondering “Is it, or isn’t it?” And it certainly was Millenium Falcon. It “landed” and balanced precariously on cliffs of Malin Head in readines for the Star Wars Episode VIII, which will be released in 2017.
“Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.”
The Wild Atlantic Way took us mostly to the coastal scenery. In a way we wished for a little bit more variety, which we definitely got towards the end of our journey in Donegal. One of the places that made the trip very interesting was Fort Dunree on the west side of the Inishowen peninsula.
The Irish name for Fort Dunree is Dun Fhraoigh which translates as “Fort of the Heather”. It was built by the British on Lough Swilly following the 1798 uprising of the United Irishmen (which was supported by France), when fears of a French invasion were at fever pitch. Because of its strategic importance protecting the entrance to the deep waters of Lough Swilly, control of Dunree was retained by Britain after independence was only granted to the Irish Republic in 1936. The original fort, built in 1813, now houses a military museum, while the surrounding headland is littered with WWI and WWII remains that are freely accessible. You can just get lost in time while exploring the abandoned buildings and admiring the wonderful views across Lough Swilly.