Mill Bay Beach, Inch Island, Inishowen, County Donegal, Ireland
As you all know by now, I have a passion for scurrying my Irish landscape to capture scenes of beauty to share with you all. Ireland’s natural landscapes that have been untouched by man are normally my favourite scenes, although there are scenes created by man that also give nature “a run for its money”. Scenes such as this stunning little fisherman’s cottage quaintly seated on the shore tip of ‘Mill Bay’ on one of Donegal’s lesser visited islands ‘Inch’.
The moment I first seen this cottage my heart literally jumped! I have seen many cottages across Ireland, but this has to be at the top for postcard charm & beauty. I don’t know anything of its history, but I have learned its over 200 years old & was once an old fisherman’s cottage.
Can you just imagine what it must have been like sitting inside here over 100 years ago beside a roaring turf fire? Stormy weather outside with heavy rain beating against those drafty windows. No electricity & only a dimly lit tilley lamp for light, sitting around an old table drinking strong Poitín from dented tin mugs whilst smoking on clay tobacco pipes. Telling auld yarns/tales to each other long into the wee hours on the “giant whale that once got away” or “the day I saw a mermaid out by old Inch Castle”…..
Well that’s my vision on what it may have been like here once upon a time, maybe you also have visions of your own of what living in this old cottage may have been like?