All of the places mentioned below are within a 10 mile radius of Teapot Lane…
Mullaghmore is a small seaside village. On the western side, rocky cliffs defy the Atlantic gales while to the East, sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean, lies a golden sandy beach and picturesque stone-built harbour. Lying like a jewel in the Atlantic, and surrounded by magnificent landscapes of mountain, sea and lake, Mullaghmore has attracted hosts of visitors to enjoy its many water sports: boating, sailing, sea-angling and swimming or just lazing on its three miles of natural sandy beach. Mullaghmore has also become famous for its surfing with professional surfers seen regularly on a windy day being towed out to sea by jet-skis and then riding the waves back in.. via: sligoheritage.com
The Atlantic swells that hit Bundoran’s shores are envied globally, particularly in September – October when old Tiki himself dips his finger in the water and sends a gift from the Gods! Bundoran regularly hosts notable international competitions with tanned surfing celebs sharing the breaks with the milk bottled ass locals; the majority of which are absolutely charming!
Perhaps the most special aspect to Bundoran is its sunset. Overlooking the Peak (Bundoran’s famed surf reef) a local sculptor and stone mason Brendan Mc Gloin has created ‘Carraig na n-ean’ (Rock of the Birds) a (grey) stone arch framing a sculpted sandstone monolith with Celtic engraving of local species of birds, seagulls, oyster catchers etc… The monolith is perforated near the top, framing the view of the Peak. You must catch the atmosphere of the sunset from this sculpture, its very special!
The shoreline itself is a world of discovery with the coastal walk of Roguey an exceptional journey, with the fairy bridges (mysterious blow-holes) and a wishing chair sculpted out of the rocks waiting to be discovered en-route! On a clear day when the sun shines, Donegal Bay is visible in unique detail, the shores of nearby Mullaghmore and the fishing village of Killybegs across the bay. (via:world66.com)
The famous Ben Bulben mountain was formed during the Ice Age when large parts of the earth were under glaciers. Originally, it was merely a large ridge of rock. But then, the moving glaciers cut into the earth, leaving a large ben, now called Ben Bulben.
Climbing Ben Bulben
If climbed by the north face, it is a dangerous climb. That side bears the brunt of the high winds and storms that come in from the Atlantic Ocean. However, if climbed by the south side, it’s a tame hike but offering some of the most spectacular scenery ever seen. Ben Bulben offers a magnificent view of Yeat’s Country.
Under Ben Bulben
Immortalised in the famous poem ‘Under Ben Bulben’, written by celebrated Irish poet W. B. Yeats, it was one of the last poems he wrote in his lifetime, and the last three lines decorate his gravestone in Drumcliffe, Co.Sligo, Ireland. (all only 15-20 drive from Tyrconnell!)
Under bare Ben Bulben’s head
In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid.
An ancestor was rector there
Long years ago, a church stands near,
By the road an ancient cross.
No marble, no conventional phrase;
On limestone quarried near the spot
By his command these words are cut:
Cast a cold eye
On life, on death.
Horseman, pass by!
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Gleniff Horseshoe, where the magnetic force of the earth will pull your car back up the hill (True!!)
Gleniff “horseshoe” is a beautiful scenic drive shaped like a horseshoe. The valley is scarcely populated with about 25 residents now, (compared to at least 100 people in the 1800s). The mines once sustained life here-entrances to the mines are still visible. The valley hosts some rare Alpine flora, but, most importantly, there is a cave called Diarmuid and Gráinne’s bed, which alludes to the ancient Irish tale of the two lovers and their attempt to elude the perusing Fionn McCumhaill (Finn McCool).
The Gleniff Bartytes Mills, Ballintrillick
Not far along the by roads of Tawley you will find The Gleniff Barytes mill. It was built near the entrance to the Gleniff valley, a long rewarding walk or a leisurely cycle from Teapot Lane. The site was developed here because there was an abundance of water and on the expectation of opening a workable mine on the slopes of Tievebaun Mountain.
In 1995, the site was acquired by Ballintrillick Environmental Group (BEG) who uncovered the mill foundation whilst developing an amenity area on the site. Great care was taken to preserve the site so that the present and future generations would be aware of and learn about the industrial archaeology of the Gleniff area. It is an area of great natural beauty with picnic areas and walks along the old mill walls extending right up along the river bank.
“There is a waterfall…that all my childhood counted dear,” wrote Yeats
of the silver stream that tumbles into Glencar Lough, County Leitrim, Ireland in his famous Stolen Child poem.
Glencar Lake is nestled at the foot of Benbulben off the main road to Manorhamilton. The area has remained untouched in the last forty years. The main feature of the area, besides the lake itself, is the picturesque Glencar Waterfall. Springing out of the very side of Benbulben, the waterfall is neither very tall, nor very wide, yet it captivates and holds every person that visits.
A rather modest stream forms an impressive cascade which can be viewed from a delightful wooded walk where toilets and picnic facilities are provided. There is access to the waterfall for disabled persons.
CreevyKeel Court Cairn
Dating from the Neolithic Period, 4000-2500 BC, This site is one of the finest examples of a Court Cairn in Ireland. It has a cairn, entrance passage, an oval court and a double chamber gallery. The Tomb was excavated in 1935 and shortly afterwards restored. The Cairn is wedge shaped and the court (where rituals were performed) is some 50 feet in length. The excavations uncovered four cremation burials, decorated and undecorated Neolithic pottery, flint arrow heads, polished stone axes and other artifacts, including a chalk ball. This is an amazing site and is well worth a visit the next time you are in the area.
Just a few minutes from Teapot Lane, (4 miles) on the main Sligo to Bundoran road (N15).
Classiebawn Castle, which overlooks the charming resort of Mullaghmore, (just about 4 miles from Teapot Lane) was the property of Viscount Palmerston, British Statesman and Prime Minister, who also built the harbour here.
The castle was completed by the first Lord Mount Temple in 1874 and later descended to the Mountbatten family. It is now privately owned and not open to the public. But provides a stunning back drop when strolling the long sandy beach or walking around the Mullaghmore Head.
Knocknarea (the largest grave in Europe)
Knocknarea, is often translated as ‘Mountain of the Moon'(‘Knock’ meaning hill or mountain and Ré ‘ meaning ‘moon’.) It is believed that here lies the grave of Queen Maeve.
Maeve was the warrior Queen of Connacht in Celtic mythology. The story of part of her reign is recorded in the ‘Táin Bó Cúailnge’ (The cattle raid of Cooley) a late 11th Century manuscript. Because of the weapons and animals in the story, some commentators regard Queen Maeve as an Iron Age figure. Maeve is reputedly entombed in the Knocknarea cairn in an erect position, in full battle regalia, facing northward toward her Ulster enemies. Although passage tombs are dated to the Neolithic era, there is evidence of the re-usage of such tombs (including burials) in the Bronze and Iron ages, which may provide some comfort to those who believe Queen Maeve is still inside Miosgán Medbh.
Kinlough – ‘Ceann Locha’ names the small town at the head of one of Ireland’s best known fishing lakes – Lough Melvin. Kinlough also names the parish – a few square miles in an area of breathtaking scenic beauty in North Leitrim, between the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Lough Melvin is the most important Salmon and Trout Fishery in the North West of Ireland. It straddles the border with Northern Ireland, but the major portion of the Lough lies in Country Leitrim. The salmon season opens on 1st of January on the Drowse River and the 1st May on the River Duff.
Kinlough and District offers the walking enthusiast many peaceful and relaxing routes through beautiful unspoilt countryside. Glenade Lake lies deep in the valley and is dominated by steep cliff like limestone hills. Here the Rivers Bonet and Duff rise and fall through cascading waterfalls and totally unspoilt lakes. A definite must for the enthusiastic hill walker.