Hidden away, not too far from Dungiven town centre (3 miles South West on the B74 – to be precise), there lies the most tranquil location. Deep within one of the oldest ancient oak woodlands in Ireland, lies Banagher Glen Nature Reserve and Forest Park.
Kinbane Castle is situated in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on a long, narrow limestone headland projecting into the sea, approximately 5 km from Ballycastle on the road to Ballintoy.
A two-storey castle was built in 1547 by Colla MacDonnell, brother of Sorley Boy MacDonnell, with a large courtyard with traces of other buildings, probably constructed out of wood.
After a long week of camping in sometimes not so glorious weather, we were glad to finally see a roof over our heads. After exploring Donegal Town we made our way to the Mill Park Hotel, a 4 star hotel just a 5 minute drive from the town centre. We checked in at 3pm on the dot, desperate for a warm shower and a dry roof over our heads.
After our final night of camping, we packed our things, said goodbye to the Wilsons at Sleepy Hollow Campsite and made our way ultimately to Donegal Town via a few extreme short cuts.
After a busy morning spent travelling and trying to pack in as much as we could in the surrounding areas of Gweedore and Errigal, we finally arrived at our destination.
Glenveagh National Park is the second largest national park in Ireland; it covers 170 square kilometres of hillside above Glenveagh Castle on the shore of Lough Veagh.
Day 4 of our adventure, we awoke to the rain (again) and got ready for a busy day ahead of us. Leaving from Sleepy Hollows Campsite, we headed towards Bunbeg and on to Maheraclogher Beach.
Bunbeg Wreck (Bad Eddies’ Boat)
Not going to lie, but we did have to stop and visit a local chemist in Bunbeg to ask for directions to our next stop. Bunbeg Wreck (Bad Eddies’ Boat).
After a miserable wet and windy day, we finally reached our last campsite of the journey, Sleepy Hollows! What a name…
Located in the quiet village of Meenaleck, near the Crolly River, we travelled down and around some meandering roads to get to it, but upon arriving we met the owners of the campsite.
The Wilsons operate the site from their home which extends onto the campsite boundary, including their back garden which is utilised for campers, like ourselves! They also have a Glamping pod available, pitches for caravans and welcome dogs on the site.
Waking up at the Rosguill Holiday Park, it was a very wet and windy morning. We awoke around 6:45am and decided to get up and access the showers. Excellent facilities on the campsite, the showers could only be accessed by a key you receive on check in. The key lets you use the male/female/unisex toilet blocks and access the male and female showers also, which is a rather spacious wet room with a shower, hooks for towels and a toilet. 1€ is enough for 6mins especially if you only want a quick wash. Only downside was the shower button had to be repeatedly pressed every 15secs to keep the shower on.
Included with the stay, much to our surprise was also access to a small kitchen, with a fridge, sink, kettle and toaster. Freshly toasted bread and jam for breakfast and a hot cup of tea – never had we been so happy, after such a miserable morning.
Waterproofs on, we packed up our tent and accessories and left at around 9am.
On the second part of your day 2 trip, we headed towards Mamore Gap, a route of windy roads. Watch out for speeding tourists and locals who usually take up two sides of the road even on blind corners!
This beautiful drive took us out of our way by only 10-15 mins and was well worth the trip, some fantastic views from the top are visible on clear days. Rising up at 250 meters above sea level, views of Lough Swilly, the Fanad Peninsula, Urris and North Inishowen can be seen.
Day two of our adventure and already we were feeling the temperature decrease. After having spent our first night in a tent we didn’t really know what to expect. We woke up at 7am due to the wind, light rain and a Donkey crying every 10 minutes! We decided to get up, get dressed and hit the showers!
Where we parked towards the showers was a good few minutes’ walk, not perfect in a cold chilly morning, but needs are a must!