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56. Rathmullan, Buncrana & Lough Swilly Ferry

Inishowen Peninsula, Co. Donegal

A walk along the beach to Rathmullan and the old fort

A very good holiday house at Kinnecar Cove - one of many to choose from.

The northern end of Rathmullan Beach - popular with pony riders ...

 

 

and harness racers too!

 

 

A pretty scenic walk into Rathmullan village ....

 

... along the superb blue flag Rathmullan beach ...

 

... with lots of rocks to clamber over ...

 

... until you reach the sandy beach ...

 

Great for kids to safely ride on ... plenty of space for everybody.

 

 

The Lough Swilly Ferry passes by an little old fishing boat.

 

 

The iconic Rathmullan sculpture depicting the 'Flight of the Earls' in 1607, the last of the Gaelic Chieftains of 'old Ireland' - now under dominating English rule.

 

The south end of Rathmullan Strand near the road for the cars to get onto the Lough Swilly ferry to Buncrana.

 

There are lots of places to eat and drink in Rathmullan.

 

The road coming up from the ferry terminal which as you head south passes the ruins of Rathmullan Priory.

 

The ivy clad ruins of Rathmullan Priory built circa 1508 by Rory Mac Sweeney Fanad and presented to Carmelite Friar Mac Sweeny of Connacht in 1516. It was plundered by George Bingham in 1595 and used as barracks by Ralph Bingly in 1601. In 1618 the nave (western portion) was adapted as a castle and used as a residence by Bishop Knox. Its garrison repulsed the Jacobite rebellion in 1689. The chancel (eastern end) of the church was used as a parish church until it was abandoned in 1814.

 

The graveyard of the church of Rathmullan Priory looks out over Lough Swilly.

 

Bits of architecture from different periods reflecting its chequered history!

 

 

 

 

 

and then a stroll back to the holiday cottage along the splendid Rathmullan beach ...

... for lunch!

 

 

 

... no problem in working up a good appetite in Donegal.

 

Some of the many attractive holiday cottages in Rathmullan

 

After arriving from Ramelton we were more than ready for a good bar meal looking out over Lough Swilly on a fine summer evening and ready to explore Rathmullan next day.

 

The Lough Swilly Ferry boat coming into Rathmullan from Buncrana.

 

 

The harbour - a good fishing spot and the marina - pontoon facility at Rathmullan.

 

Off goes the ferry to Buncrana leaving behind Rathmullan Fort and its 'Flight of the Earls' Heritage Centre Museum.

 

 

Cars waiting for the next ferry at Rathmullan landing stage just below Rathmullan fort.

 

Crossing from Rathmullan to Buncrana on the Lough Swill Ferry ....

.... a very pleasant little cruise.

 

 

There are lots of places to eat and drink in Rathmullan.

The weather was on the change on the morning we return to Belfast for the boat to Stranraer, but the horses still enjoy a dip in the sea!

 

The Presbyterian and Catholic Churches in Rathmullan but we are away on the Saturday!

 

 

Buncrana, Inishowen Peninsula, Co. Donegal, Ireland: Buncrana is a busy little town (village?) on the Inishowen Peninsula in Co. Donegal, Ireland. Near the ferry terminal to cross Lough Swilly to Rathmullan, is the Beach House, a good cafe and there are several other cafes up in the town such as The Town Clock.

Buncrana harbour with a few battered old fishing boats but a modern looking RNLI lifeboat..

 

Lough Swilly Ferry, Buncrana (Inishowen Peninsula)-Rathmullan (Fanad Peninsula), Co. Donegal, Ireland (Irish Republic)

Lough Swilly Ferry, Buncrana (Inishowen Peninsula)-Rathmullan (Fanad Peninsula), Co. Donegal, Ireland (Irish Republic)

Lough Swilly Ferry, Buncrana (Inishowen Peninsula)-Rathmullan (Fanad Peninsula), Co. Donegal, Ireland (Irish Republic) Lough Swilly Ferry, Buncrana (Inishowen Peninsula)-Rathmullan (Fanad Peninsula), Co. Donegal, Ireland (Irish Republic)

Lough Swilly Ferry, Buncrana (Inishowen Peninsula)-Rathmullan (Fanad Peninsula), Co. Donegal, Ireland (Irish Republic)

The Lough Swilly Ferry crosses Lough Swilly between the piers at Buncrana and Rathmullan in Donegal, Ireland. You can have a good cheap cruise with great views, with a picnic by going on a return ticket as a foot passenger or wander through Buncrana town or Rathmullan (lovely long beach) to find somewhere to eat.

Lough Swilly Ferry, Buncrana (Inishowen Peninsula)-Rathmullan (Fanad Peninsula), Co. Donegal, Ireland (Irish Republic)

Lough Swilly Ferry, Buncrana (Inishowen Peninsula)-Rathmullan (Fanad Peninsula), Co. Donegal, Ireland (Irish Republic)

Lough Swilly Ferry, Buncrana (Inishowen Peninsula)-Rathmullan (Fanad Peninsula), Co. Donegal, Ireland (Irish Republic) Lough Swilly Ferry, Buncrana (Inishowen Peninsula)-Rathmullan (Fanad Peninsula), Co. Donegal, Ireland (Irish Republic)
Lough Swilly Ferry, Buncrana (Inishowen Peninsula)-Rathmullan (Fanad Peninsula), Co. Donegal, Ireland (Irish Republic) Lough Swilly Ferry, Buncrana (Inishowen Peninsula)-Rathmullan (Fanad Peninsula), Co. Donegal, Ireland (Irish Republic)

The ferry from Rathmullan coming in on an atmospheric evening over Lough Swilly ...

 

... and a very pleasant cruise back over to Rathmullan despite the 'threatening' weather system which subsided with precipitation!

and so bye bye Buncrana and Inishowen and back to our holiday house in Rathmullan.

 

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