Maghera, Donegal – Spectacular – Unexpected – Tears

You need a car for this spectacular day trip. A 20 minute drive from the small town of Ardara, in the gorgeous parish of south west Donegal lies one of the most breathtaking beaches I have had the privilege to witness. Now these not idle words – I come from a country which displays over 11,000 incredible beaches along our vast coastline. I certainly did not expect a beach to … Continue reading Maghera, Donegal – Spectacular – Unexpected – Tears

WICKLOW – Magical – Serene – Calming

Wicklow has been the backdrop to many a movie – including Braveheart and my favourite, Vikings. I don’t often do the touristy thing – those big busses make me shiver in horror. However I did manage to find a dodgy 8 seater bus to take us through the breathtaking rolling hills and valleys of Wicklow – the gentleman took us to places I did not know about … Continue reading WICKLOW – Magical – Serene – Calming

Sligo to Galway – Haunting – Desolate homes – Fascinating

A three-hour journey driving from Sligo to Galway took me seven hours! Stopping, trying to turn around on single lane roads to take images of eerie desolate homes where nature had taken back its rightful place. Oh the stories those walls hold…                **Please note – all images are subject to copyright – Lexa Harpell.   Not to be used for commercial or personal purposes without … Continue reading Sligo to Galway – Haunting – Desolate homes – Fascinating

Port Ghost Village, Donegal – Desserted – Dessolate – Unknown

I wake up and Lucy tells me that she will take me to yet another place that will blow my mind.  Quite frankly, I’m finding it hard to envision how she could possibly ‘up the ante’ from all the glorious places I had already explored around Glencolmcille. I have been in absolute awe of scenes that have taken my breath away – surely there can’t be more….yet … Continue reading Port Ghost Village, Donegal – Desserted – Dessolate – Unknown

Walls that evoke stories – Donegal – Desolate Home

The west coast of Ireland hosts many desolate homes. Some say it is sad – others like me, find them fascinating. Their vacancy and seemingly lack of life creates a silence and evokes stories hidden in their walls. This glorious house is hidden in the quiet hills of Donegal.           Continue reading Walls that evoke stories – Donegal – Desolate Home

Patriot Hotel – Dublin – Brilliant Musicians – Exciting – Honed Craft

A friend took me to the Patriot Hotel in Dublin – near Kilmainham Gaol – (hence the name) – for a fun night out and listen to some good music. Ireland is renowned for producing some of the world’s best musicians and this night certainly did not disappoint. As soon as you walked into the pub, you knew you were in for a fabulous night! … Continue reading Patriot Hotel – Dublin – Brilliant Musicians – Exciting – Honed Craft

When we think of rural Ireland…Magical Glencolmcille, Donegal

When we think of rural Ireland, we visualise raw, dramatic cliffs and vistas, sheep, rocks, glorious shades of green, old pubs, fiddle players, Celtic history…a place where time stood still. The place to experience it all is the small rural town of Glencolmcille in Donegal County. Sitting on the Wild Atlantic Coast, it contains some of Ireland’s most spectacular coastal and rural scenery and some of the most genuine, … Continue reading When we think of rural Ireland…Magical Glencolmcille, Donegal