Photographer's Note

This is probably the most beautiful location I have visited on my last trip to Donegal. I have spent there at least one hour and took more than hundred photos searching for an optimal POV. Still not very happy with what I got. Just now watching the photos on the screen I got some good ideas how to photograph this place. The most valuable in this upload is thus probably the map of this secret location (see panel in the right). We have seen plenty of tourist cars on the main road and yet nobody for the whole time noticed this particular side street leading to the spectacular view. So we had this place for ourselves. The beach which you see in this photo is huge and the white color is not the sand but relatively large rocks. Unfortunately this photo does not give the feeling of the scale so in the uploaded workshop I show you how the white beach texture looks at the bottom.

In the internet I have found the following explanation of the name: Bloody Foreland gets its name from the legend of the giant who was slain by the fairies and his blood trickled down the famous foreland hill. No more details. Not sure if it is same giant who was residing at the Giants Causeway... Some guidebooks use the name Bloody Foreland for the whole peninsula. One of the maps of Ireland which I have, names the peninsula Gweedore and the Bloody Foreland is used for this particular headland which you see here. The reason is obvious: as this beach is facing west, the reddish color of the rocks get dramatically emphasized at the sunset. The only problem is: I spent the sunset at the other beach and there was no sunset visible at all as the clouds were so thick. I would not mind driving 4 hours one way from Dublin just to be there at the sunset if I only knew that the weather will allow me to see it...

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4000 W: 91 N: 10404] (42895)
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