Fall Cruise from Mayo to Donegal. Part 2: Inishkeas to Teelin
|Crossing Donegal Bay in shades of grey again.|
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|Gannets flying to a feeding frenzy.|
There were gannets flying in from all directions. Then we spotted the reason. The word had gotten out that there were fish to be had and there was a feeding frenzy underway a short distance away. We could see the gannets dropping out of the sky from high above to snatch their unsuspecting prey. How they got the word out to all their friends who were flying in remains a mystery.
|Dolphins in Donegal Bay.|
|Common dolphins bow riding.|
|Such a happy sight.|
|Dropping the sails.|
|Sunset over the wild Atlantic Ocean.|
We overnighted in beautiful Teelin harbour in the shadow of the spectacular Slieve League (Irish: Sliabh Liag) cliffs some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe. It was a very quiet night. No swell, little wind. In the morning, we could see that the visitor moorings were still in place. Once again, we launched the dinghy and went ashore.
|Teelin Harbour pier, plenty of room to tie up.|
|Fish processing facility on the pier.|
|View from the pier.|
|View from the road overlooking the harbour. Stunning.|
|The Rusty Mackerel|
|Ti Linn Restaurant and Craft Shoppe|
|Shed with character|
We walked up, way up, from the harbour to a point high up on the cliffs. The views were spectacular. The photos we took, though lovely, don’t quite do nature complete justice. Those images will be nurturing our souls for some time to come. There are spots for picnicking, views over Donegal Bay, a Napoleonic Tower, birds and animals grazing. There are also boat trips from the harbour to the cliff for views from down below. We had the benefit of having sailed along the cliffs on our last visit. It is a very different point of view and well worth the trip.
|The road to Slieve League|
A second more treacherous path along One Man's Pass at the very ridge of the cliffs is apparently severely eroded. Walkers are asked to avoid that route until significant repairs can be made. It's not for the likes of us anyway. It's literally a path wide enough for one pair feet with precipices to negotiate along the way. Not for the faint of heart.
The lighting was spectacular, at times surreal. We felt blessed, until we realized we had all that way back to go. Most of it was downhill, thankfully. But by the time we reached the harbour we were spent and it was only 1500h. Nevertheless, we pulled up anchor and made our way to Killybegs. We were scheduled for lift out at 10 am the following morning. We anchored overnight in a small delightful bay directly across from Killybegs town. In the morning, on the high tide, we would motor over to Mooney Boats.
|A curious native.|
|The second car parks and tourist information center.|
|Off the beaten path to a viewing point.|
|Photo opps throughout.|
|Beautiful day makes me happy.|
|Beautiful views over the cliffs.|
|Viewing platform and walkway to the summit and One Man's Path.|
|The happy tourist.|
|Napoleonic tower and tour boat below.|
|The natives of the commonage.|
|Traditional wooden craft built by McDonald Boats |
in Greencastle Donegal since 1750.
|Massive slipway adjoining the pier.|
|Pier and slipway across the harbour in Teelin.|
|Time to go on to Killybegs. Mix of sand and mud retrieved.|
Fall Cruise from Mayo to Donegal. Part 3: Killybegs