Ireland is Full of Church Ruins but Amongst the Most Scenic and Romantic is Dunlewey, County Donegal

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Scenic ruins of Dunlewey Church, County Donegal Scenic ruins of Dunlewey Church, County Donegal

Ireland is full of ruins, it's also full of church ruins.

Many of the ruins are scenic in their broken state, centuries of tumble down action, ivy growth and fine locations but few are more scenic than the ruins of Dunlewey in County Donegal.

Sitting on the edge of a small lake at the foot of Errigal, Donegal's highest mountain at 751m, this church dates to the middle of the 19th century and has been unused for over 50 years.

Some say it's haunted but on my visit there was no sign of anything unusual, just the sound of a gentle breeze of warm air swishing the long grasses and nearby birds circling in the sky.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 30 April 2019 23:39
Darren McLoughlin

Irishman and International travel photographer in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times / Echtra Echtra and Eonmusic

Cancer survivor.

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