DONEGAL, Ireland - On a map, Ireland’s northwest corner appears as if it were stepped on by a giant, splaying the land into fingers webbed by a ragged coastline. Here wind-scoured headlands cradle swaths of sand, forested valleys shelter shimmery ponds, and heath-clad mountains overlook barren peat bogs. The area is expansive yet intimate, tame yet wild.
In spring, like much of the Emerald Isle, County Donegal is painted with brilliant greens and heather hues and splashed with sunshine-yellow gorse blossoms. In a place where soft rain, clear air, and golden sunlight ensure rainbows, this is the pot of gold. During 10 days of poking around northern Donegal, we fell completely under its spell.