Gweedore-Malin village 96km

I told Bernard, my camping pitch benefactor, that when he drew back the curtains in the morning he wouldn’t see me. As I crept away at 6.30, he wouldn’t have seen me anyway…..his bedroom was at the back.
All was silent as I cycled out of the village, and made my way through Glenveagh National park, over the huge climb that revealed sights like this

and of Mount Erigal, the highest peak in Donegal

and ‘unprone’ as I am to taking selfies, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity of catching a glimpse of my own profile in one of those traffic exit mirrors at the end of a drive….

the route included a brief ferry crossing of Lough Swilly

 and then onwards forging a direct route to Malin village across Inishowen, just 14km short of my destination at Malin Head.

Looking for a pitch for my tent, I met Eileen and Roley

in a little caravan hideaway behind trees, a place they have owned for 30 years,

and they offered me their spare caravan for the night, and Eileen prepared me a chicken salad for supper. It is the fate of the solo traveller to have to accept such spontaneous acts of kindness.

If the BBC weather app is telling the truth, I will arrive at Malin Head, just 14km to the north, tomorrow when it is bathed in unbroken sunshine….so what of this mythical spot which is a star of the shipping forecast and famous for its stormy bad temper?

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About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on July 23, 2017, in Ireland End-to-End 1300km and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. When I toured Ireland I got the bus from Galway to Derry, looks like I missed out on some great countryside and riding. Perhaps a return tour to The North is called for sometime. Enjoying your account as ever, to be sure 😉

  2. You are nearly at The Causeway. If time allows, lock up your bike at the visitors centre, resist going to see it and get the bus 5 miles to the East to near Dunseverick then walk back West along the coast path. That way you see the number and perfection of the Basalt columns gradually increase until you finally reach the finale of the Causeway itself.

  3. How serendipitous to find such lovely people and a caravan :). I’ve really enjoyed following your journey. Hoping you have some great views from Malin Head.

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