A weekend in Donegal

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by ChubbyThumper, May 4, 2011.

  1. ChubbyThumper

    ChubbyThumper Been here awhile

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    A bunch of us on KTM ADVs led by Kyle, decided to take advantage of the exceptional Easter weather and do some camping and exploring in Co.Donegal, Ireland.

    Entering Glenveagh National park and checking out Mt.Errigal

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    Looking down at Dunlewey

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    Good trails near Crolly

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    Gordo

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    Doghandler
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    Kyle chairs a debate

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    We are going here
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    Reminiscent of Greenland (without the bike)

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    Ride leader Kyle

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  2. ChubbyThumper

    ChubbyThumper Been here awhile

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    We camped at Sleepy Hollow campsite near Crolly, Co.Donegal. Its a small site set in natural woodland. They made us very welcome..

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    a peaty river down the back field
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    Next day more trails
    Foolish and Morty arrived on KTMs and Jeff joined us on his V Strom

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    Morty in front Gordo following

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    Kyle

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    Trail searching near Dunlewey

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    This type of road is called a Boreen in Ireland

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    a potential future campsite

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    Errigal from Gweedore

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  3. ChubbyThumper

    ChubbyThumper Been here awhile

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    After a grand night in the pub we split up for home. I took a longer route as I wanted to see Fanad head lighthouse on the Fanad peninsula.

    Leaving Glenveagh N.Park

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    Fanad lighthouse

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    Port Salon

    Gorse fires raging all weekend due to the prolonged dry weather

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    I liked this arrangement, hull slightly past sell by date possibly inspired by Shackletons expedition on Elephant island

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    Editing in some shots from a previous "Donegal day trip" earlier this year.

    Barnesmore Gap

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    Pilgrims walk, Carrick, Co.Donegal.

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    Slieve League

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  4. Daryl A

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    Beautiful!
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    azshtr Long timer

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    I am so longing for a return trip to visit family in mayo. Thank you for the inspiration.
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    jnorton1 Been here awhile

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    Great pics. I spent a few days camping on the great Blasket Island off the southwestern coast. Beautiful country.
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    dammitdave Long timer

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    Beautiful Indeed! And with a tidal range like that you could get to Wisconsin without a single lock! Dave
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  8. Pumpy

    Pumpy Exiled Pumpernickel

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    Absolutely beau-ti-ful, Terry! :clap

    Glenveagh National park has always been my favourite although I have only been there on foot in the past.

    I think a visit to Oireland may be on the menu soon... :ricky
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    gallinastrips Been here awhile

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    Great shots, fun ride, and sweet bikes:freaky
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  10. ChubbyThumper

    ChubbyThumper Been here awhile

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    Thanks for your encouraging comments guys, Pumpy if you are coming over get in touch. There are still parts of Donegal we havent explored yet....
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    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Absolutely marvelous! :clap
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  12. Famous

    Famous Goin down hill fast

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    Nice one Terry

    It wasn't Maroc but Donegal ain't a bad second:freaky
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  13. ChubbyThumper

    ChubbyThumper Been here awhile

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    Cheers Famous, I'm sure Maroc would have been fine but the request not to go came from the "Higher authority" Thinking long term there's no point heading off and leaving her fretting at home.
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  14. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Nice Bikes & Photos!
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  15. BettySwollocks

    BettySwollocks n00b

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    ChubbyThumper, I also am in Co Antrim and have just bought a 990 Adventure Dakar Edition...... I didn't realise that Donegal had so much to offer.

    My parents have a love of the place, spending most weekends in their static caravan up there. I really do hope to get some miles done on the new bike in places like you have shown us.

    I can't wait!
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  16. ChubbyThumper

    ChubbyThumper Been here awhile

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    Hi Betty, if you fancy getting a few scratches on your new bike send me a PM
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  17. davidgibson999

    davidgibson999 Been here awhile

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    Brilliant pics and report. Camped at sleepy hollows a couple of years back-great spot!
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  18. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Your favorite band sucks

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    Great pix! :thumb The bike profiles with the ocean in the background are brilliant!
    I had no idea Ireland had any mountains! But I'm not too smart.
    Have fun.
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  19. Scotty P

    Scotty P Funny Like a Clown

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    Excellent pics:clap
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