SCENES from IRELAND
56. Rathmullan, 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 Chieftens 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.
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