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“Dun Briste Sea Stack” – Downpatrick Head


Downpatrick Head, Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland

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Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland

Severed clean off from the mainland & now lying 80 meters from the shore is a dramatic sea stack known as ‘Dun Briste​’. The sea stack got separated from the mainland in 1393 as result of high seas during a terrible storm. As unbelievable as this may sound but there was actually a little stone cottage on this cliff edge during its separation in the storm! The family living there had to be rescued off this newly formed sea stack using ships ropes connected to the mainland.

Supposedly the ruins of this stone home can still be faintly seen on top of this stack today! Just imagine how that poor family felt after going to bed on the mainland & when they opened their door the following morning only to realise they were now stranded on an island high above the sea! Only in Ireland 

The sea stack itself is beautiful to behold because it has taken 350 million years for these layers upon layers of multi-coloured rock strata to build upon each other to create this amazing formation. Dun Briste stack is roughly 63 meters long by 45 meters high.

One thing I absolutely love about this place is the colours & movement of the ocean, especially when it crashes against these ancient rocks! It’s always great to capture these natural motions in photo 

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