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Sheep near Portsalon Beach, Co. Donegal.

Knockalla Coast Road, Co. Donegal

Drive along Knockalla mountain, locally called the Devil’s Backbone, where stunning views unfurl north of Rathmullan over Ballymastocker Bay (above) and across Lough Swilly. The road spirals like a giant letter ‘S’ and leads from Portsalon to Fanad Head with its historic lighthouse now open for self-catering accommodation.

Swing round the west side of the peninsula to the Blaney bridge spanning Mulroy Bay and, on a clear day, a vast panorama of mountain, island, lake, rock, moor, and bog opens ahead of you.

Distance: 25km from Rathmullan to Blaney bridge. Allow 2 hours.

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Keem Bay, Achill Island: Five blue-flag beaches would be an impressive tally anywhere, let alone on a single island. But that’s Achill for you. Keem Bay is a Signature Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way, and for good reason… its breathtaking beauty inspired visiting artists…

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