Monday - Muckish

The Famine Trail

The Famine Trail

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Day Three

Leaving the coast for a day, with a packed lunch, we head towards the impressive Muckish Mountain. Traversing old tracks built one hundred and fifty years ago during the famine takes us into eerie silence, only horses can use the tracks as they were originally built for them. Nowadays they are overgrown but serve our purpose very well. As we get closer to this mountain, we come into the now dismantled Falcarragh-Burtonport railway, made famous by Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie in the film 'The Railway Man'. The surface is ideal for long canters. After lunch we cross three rivers by means of ancient fords. We hack amid a patchwork of stonewalls and quiet country lanes, taking us in the direction of Errarooey, where the horses overnight in a green pasture. The horses have one of the most awe inspiring wild view, (although they'd never realise it as they happily munch on the sweet grass after a long day), they overlook the Atlantic, heavenly golden beaches and Tory Island, legendary Kingdom of the Celtic cyclops Balor of the Evil Eye. Our tired riders return to Arnold's Hotel for a well deserved dinner and overnight.

Dunfanaghy Stables, Arnolds Hotel, Dunfanaghy, County Donegal, Ireland.

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