Day 2 - Donegal to Donegal (Loop)

After some really good coffee and breakfast at the Rossmore, we spent some time getting the camera hooked up on my motorcycle handlebars. We needed a screwdriver, so Josh couldn’t hook his up at this point. We followed our route on the GPS through Barnesmore Gap which had boulders from the Blue Stack mountains strewn around the side of the road. The roads were narrow and winding—almost too narrow for two motorcycles to meet and pass. Our first stop was Gleneagh Castle and Gardens located in the Glenveagh National Park.

We spent a couple of hours at the Glenveagh Castle and gardens. The Castle has quite a history. It was built in the 1870’s from rough-hewn granite about three feet thick. The guy who assembled the land and built the first phase was infamous because he evicted 244 tenants in the cold in the winter of 1861. His wife continued the development of the castle which was occupied by the Irish Republican Army in 1922 until the Free State Army approached. In 1929 the Castle was purchased by Arthur Kingsley, a Harvard professor. He disappeared in 1933 and the Castle was then purchased by Mr. Henry McLlhenny of Philadelphia USA in 1937. Mr. McIlhenny, in 1981, presented the Castle to the Irish nation.

The Castle overlooks Lough Veagh and the gardens boast a multitude of exotic plants. Pines and Rhododendron provide the windbreaks to allow ornamental and delicate plants to survive and flourish.
After leaving the Castle, we rode some really fun roads through the Murrisk and Errial mountains through Glengesh Pass to Teelin and then to Slieve League cliffs. Imagine a 20,000 food cliff dropping into the ocean and this is what you see at Slieve. The ride up the to the cliffs was incredible—narrow roads hugging the mountain side, no guardrails, only boulders occasionally providing some border for the road. We had to hike the last 3000 feet and I had to rest a couple of times, letting Josh go on ahead. We got some good pictures-hope they turn out. There was a Terex mini excavator near the peak and we are still curious as to how they got it up there—probably a helicopter.

From Slieves, we had a great ride, again along narrow winding roads with little traffic, back to Rossmore. We rode pass the fishing port in Killybegs which is home to Ireland’s largest deep sea fishing port and has some of biggest fishing boats in Europe. We arrived back at Rossmore about 7pm—a long but very enjoyable day.

We are currently working on some of the technology, hopefully to upload some of the pictures and videos.—Jaybo—need your help.