Western Inishowen

Marigold Stone West Face

Carndongah (locally known as Carn) is the commercial centre of the area, planned as such and not without history.

One of the most important sites is located here. The renowned “St. Patricks Cross” (the oldest carned stone cross in Ireland) with two distinctive inscribed slabs, stands just beside the Church of Ireland. This is the site of a monastic foundation which also holds a striking “Marigold Stone” in the church yard.

Between Carndonagh and Ballyliffin is the Isle of Doagh - a compact peninsula surrounded on two sides by Trawbega Bay and on the other by the relentless Atlantic Ocean.

This interesting place is well endowed with remains of the past. Right at the extreme tip of the Isle, just at the end of Pollan Strand, stands “Carrickabraghey Castle”. Another fortified residence, this well preserved structure offers a panoramic view of Malin Head and is stunning at sunset with the sun setting in the west, right behind Glashedy Island.

In the townland of Carrowreagh also on the Isle stands an obscure semi-circular slab, inscribed with figures and motifs now unclear but yet very vivid.

Clonmany lies at the foot of the dramatic and imposing hills, with a discreet charm and real atmosphere. On Magheramore hill, roughly 400ft. above the valley in which Clonmany lies is a remarkable dolmen called “Finn Mac Cool’s Fingerstone”. Situated high in the hills, it is immediately impressive and the light changes at this altitude add to the drama of the lonely monument, a silent witness to our ever-changing history.

Below in the valley is the townland of Roosky, located here is a unique standing stone and the now closed ruins of a Souterrain.

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