Like I mentioned in my previous post, we covered quite a bit of mileage in the afternoon from County Galway to County Donegal. We finally stopped in Donegal Town for the night, found a guest house and went to the restaurant for a well deserved hot meal (we had been having sandwiches for every meal previously).
We then went back to our room and discussed the travel plans for the morning. We knew we had only one day to cover the county as we really wanted to visit the Giant's Causeway the day after, our last full day. We decided to go to the northest point of the county: the Inishowen peninsula. There were three reasons for this choice: we needed to keep close to the Northern Irish border, our guide book was raving about it and my friend had set her mind on a monument called Grianan of Aeliach which is located just at the bottom of the peninsula.
We drove directly to the Grianan of Aileach. It is a fort on top of a hill and is believed to have been built in the 6th or 7th century although some claim that its origins can go as far as prehistory (there is a tumulus next to it). It is truly a sight to behold and its high position makes it even more magical. You have to walk on top of the fort and battle your way through the gusts of wind to embrace the 360° panorama, it will make you feel quite small and quite speechless.
Reinvigorated by so much beauty, we proceeded in direction to the peninsula. Our first stop was in the tiny village of Fahan, or more specifically, its cemetary. Why you'd wonder such a morbid halt? It happens to be home to one of the most ancient Irish crosses going: the Mura cross-slab, carved in the 7th century.
We then drove a bit further North and stopped at the resort town of Buncrana for a walk near the shore. It is where John Newton wrote Amazing Grace and standing there, on what feels like the edge of the world, one can feel why this place inspired such a hymn.