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... rail. And just around the corner, there's a little jetty. With a notice telling you not to come within 10 metres of it unless you're wearing a life jacket. I kid you not. The wilderness has been conquered, tamed, improved and sanitised!
If all this sounds a little cynical, I've got to admit two things. First of all, this is a grand walk. And secondly, if it wasn't for this excellent gravel path, on which many thousands of euros must have been spent, I wouldn't be here at ...
... change massively. The route of the new path has been partly dug out, but the rocks which will be used to make the path are still in their white bags, strung out all the way up the mountain. The going is now extremely difficult - a mixture of bog, heather and awkwardly placed boulders. And to make things worse, this isn't a path which simply goes up the mountain - there are so many undulations that it seems like I'm doing 1 metre down for every 2m up, which is ...
... Island can also be seen, but is several miles out to sea. It has a lighthouse and a population of around 170.
But the best feature of Meenlaragh is its huge sandy beach, stretching in a 2-mile arc towards Inishbofin. It's too tempting to ignore and I walk the whole length of it and back again. By the time I've finished, it's so warm that I'm wishing I hadn't left my shorts and sun hat in Stourport.
A few miles further along the coast, there's a ...
... one - it's just a bit TOO exposed! Getting back to the road is a bit of a slog across overgrown and occasionally boggy ground.
The afternoon becomes a long road walk back to Dunfanaghy, but it's a road with some extensive views in the afternoon sunshine, firstly back to Horn Head, then eastwards across the Rosguill Peninsula to distant hills and coastlines, and finally southwards across the sand flats of Sheephaven Bay ...
... mountain is Muckish, closer to the north coast (and therefore to Portnablagh) than Errigal, but at 670m it's not quite as high. And not as shapely either. There's a bog trot to the top from the southern side, but I opt for a northern approach via the Miners' Track, a route which uses the paths and tracks of an old quarry, where they used to mine fine quality silica sand for use in making optical glass. The quarry has been shut for at least ...