All Photographs Click Full Screen Size for Best EffectBack in Donegal again and our first promising day weather wise saw us heading in the car for the Blue Stack Mountains, one of the major mountain ranges in Donegal and a set of mountains that has always been invisible under dark clouds every other time we've been here. Although below Munro height with the highest in the range being Croaghgorm at 674 metres they are largely trackless and Graeme always maintained that his brother had found the traverse of the range surprisingly awkward as huge granite boulders,uneven tussock fields, deep peat bogs, and the underlying bedrock slabs lying at inconveniently steep angles made progress difficult at times. Graeme was taking no chances therefore and had suitable provisions made up for the hill as he didn't want to end up in a pickle :o)
The loch-lake in the photograph is Lough Eske ( I think) which is where we went earlier as Graeme and Marion wanted to show Sandra, Bob, and myself some of the surrounding scenery in Donegal.
A large castle sits on the banks of this beautiful loch- lake, which has been awarded the coveted title of the Worlds Best Luxury Country Hotel recently 4 years running. It's Donegal's only 5 star hotel and spa but we were mainly there to see the sculptures in the grounds as 5 or 1 star hotels are usually well above our tight wallet budget threshold.
Although this link is promoting holiday cottages it also has the best info on the park,local map and a pleasant video of the mountains surrounding the castle. ( you can always mute the mournful pipe music of the kind that Alex seems to love so much as he always includes it on his own videos :o)
Here's a really worthwhile video of a mountain day out in this fantastic wild and rugged area which gives you a real feel of the walking potential here. (You can always mute the sound if you don't like the songs. I certainly did :o) I prefer a blast of Sinead O' Connor myself although that's not maybe suitable on this occasion. I really liked the last song though on this so maybe it's a girls voice thing!
(A minor miracle has occurred! Now I've watched this video three times I like all the songs on it now).