Kinnegoe Bay is home to a Spanish Armada shipwreck, hillsides full of hazelnuts, and the most amazing rock collecting I’ve come across in Ireland. It is located on the Inishowen Peninsula near Malin Head, County Donegal. The drive down is gorgeous. It begins at higher elevations and eventually winds down tiny roads to the ocean. Rainbows are common around here and for awhile you can’t tell where the sky ends and the ocean begins.
This picture was taken during a cloudy sunset in the Borlin Valley. It is a quiet place and for some unknown reason feels mysterious, in a good way. You can drive through the valley from Kenmare (County Kerry) on your way to Glengarriff (County Cork) or vice versa. Take the time to get out and explore. Just make sure to find an out of the way spot to park your car, which can be challenging on the tiny, one lane road. I also recommend purchasing a topographic map of the area. You can purchase these at gas stations, grocery stores, and any tourist information center.
Go set dancing at the Abbey Hotel in Ballyvourney, County Cork. It happens weekly on a Thursday from 9:30pm to midnight. The locals are friendly and willing to help you learn. Tea and cookies are provided and there is a pub in the hotel where you can go for drinks. These dances are all ages and quite fun. Stop being a tourist and get into the local scene!
The above video is from a night I experienced at the Abbey Hotel back in June 2011. Enjoy!
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