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Posted by on Feb 11, 2010 in Northwest, Outdoor, Scenery, West | 1 comment

Striking Cliff-Top Views Entrance Donegal Cyclists

Slieve League – the highest seas cliffs in Europe – Clouds on Slieve League, originally uploaded by Fergus_B.

Submitted by Phil

Cyclist that are keen to see Ireland from one of the country’s highest vantage points should take a trip to Donegal. Lying in the North West of the emerald Isle, the county is a great attraction for bicycle fans who like to tackle hills in order to get beautiful views of the republic. As well as the expansive cliff-top observation points, Donegal also offers holidaymakers the opportunity to set foot on some of the best beaches in Ireland. There is much to see via bike in the region with many Irish car hire customers choosing to start their trips in Donegal, the town that the county was named after.

Blue Stack Mountains waterfall, originally uploaded by Old camera guy.

Resting near the impressive Bluestack Mountains, the enclave boasts a number of windswept beaches that are popular with surfers and other watersports fans. There is much history to soak up in the town and a visit to Donegal Castle is recommended. Constructed on the banks of the flowing River Eske, the site was first built in 1474.

In recent times, the attraction has undergone renovation and has been extensively restored. Now visitors can get an impression of how the castle looked when it was occupied by some of Ireland’s most influential families in the 15th and 16th Centuries. In addition, the ruin of a Franciscan Abbey located near the site is another historical attraction that hails from the same time period as the castle.

Once cyclists have toured the town, they may like to travel on the coastal road, which winds around soaring cliffs. From Donegal, visitors can travel towards the impressive Slieve League cliffs. These rocky outcroppings loom over the crashing sea, giving fantastic views of the ocean. This region is home to Ireland’s second highest cliffs as they rise 601 metres into the air, which makes them the sixth tallest in Europe.

After taking in the spectacular site, cyclists may like to make their way towards Glenveagh National Park to see more of the mountainous countryside. Open throughout the year, the attraction measures a staggering 16,000 hectares and can be divided into three main areas. Within the Glenveagh Estate region lie the majority of the peaks making up the Derryveagh Mountains, while the Western edge is mostly formed from striking quartzite hills and the south is home to peatlands.

This mixture of environments forms a striking contrast that is home to artic-like peaks, heather studded bogs and miles of green woodland. Many animals have chosen to make their home in the national park, including hares and golden eagles, who were recently re-introduced to the region.

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1 Comment

  1. I’m from Ireland but had not visited Donegal until recently. Last week I set off with my brother to climb Errigal, an iconic mountain and the highest in the county. We found the scenery in the area (which is near the above mentioned Glenveigh National Park) to be stunning, particularly on this sunny early winter day.

    The Poisoned Glen which is nearby also looked worthy of further investigation, but alas our time was short.

    I’d encourage anyone to visit the area…and bring your walking boots.

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