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Donegal’s Secret “Glenlough Bay”


Slievetooey Coast, County Donegal, Ireland

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Slievetooey Coast, County Donegal, Ireland

Glenlough Bay lies on the remote coastline of Slievetooey along Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way. It is one of the most wild, remote and stunning locations in all Ireland. This beautiful pristine cove is completely hidden, its not shown on any maps & there are no signs etc to say it even exists. So this is the very reason I researched and went looking for it!

Located on the coastline near “An Port” it is totally inaccessible by car or path etc to reach it you must hike across very steep cliffs & 250 meter ridges for about 3 miles which takes over an hour to reach. I can tell you it was quite a steep climb and I actually had to do it up and down twice with all my heavy equipment! because the first evening I arrived here the wind was too strong & it was almost dark, so I retreated and spent the night in a local hotel. The following morning at 7am I re-hiked it back up and finally captured this image.

Today there isn’t a part of my body that isn’t aching! It cost me a small fortune between fuel, hotel and food bills etc not to mention my time as it took me 2 days to get this one photograph! I sat here yesterday morning totally alone, just staring at these magnificent sea stacks casting shadows in the early morning light and listening to the sound of the Atlantic waves crashing off the shoal beach along this cove below….. I now realise there isn’t any amount of money nor time I wouldn’t give to do it all over again 🙂

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