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5 Images for the week , Thursday : Killary Harbour

Killary Harbour
Nikon F90x, 50mm f1.4 lens on Kodak iso 100 film
Irish landscapes : Nigel borrington

Killary Harbour

“Killary Harbour/An Caoláire Rua is a fjord located in the West of Ireland in the heart of Connemara which forms a natural border between counties Galway and Mayo. It is 16 kilometres long and in the centre over 45 metres deep. It is one of three glacial fjords that exist in Ireland, the others being Lough Swilly and Carlingford Lough.[1]

On its northern shore lies the mountain of Mweelrea, Connacht’s highest mountain, rising to 814 metres. To the south rise the Maumturk Mountains and the Twelve Bens. The area contains some of Ireland’s most awe-inspiring and dramatic scenery.

There are two minor settlements nearby. On the southern side near the mouth of the fjord lies the hamlet of Rossroe while Leenaun lies inland to the east. Close to Rosroe there is an old building which now houses a hostel. This building was formerly a modest house which was used by Ludwig Wittgenstein, the famous philosopher, as a quiet place to write shortly after World War II. A plaque acknowledging this was unveiled by President Mary Robinson in 1993.

Nearby lies the so-called Green Road, a rough road running along the side of the fjord back east towards Leenane at the head of the fjord. It stretches for approximately nine kilometres and was part of the famine relief program during the 19th century. Aquaculture is important locally with a salmon farm based at Rossroe while mussel rafts are a common sight more to the east.”

One of the most beautiful landscape in Ireland, visit if you can!

8 responses

  1. You are certainly capturing the beauty of Ireland

    September 4, 2014 at 11:48 am

    • Hello Diana , thank you very pleased your enjoying them

      September 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm

  2. Until I read what you supplied, I was wondering why all the red rock ? – but it’s a glacial fjord, so now I know, Nigel ! 🙂 This is who I’ll be seen as, most of the time, from now on: I’m about to set up a new site with this identity; but I’m the same old Margaret-Rose.

    September 5, 2014 at 1:17 am

    • Hello M 🙂

      Thank you for your like and comment and letting me know 🙂

      September 8, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      • Nono, I was only reflecting – for me !!! 😀

        September 8, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      • 🙂 🙂 Thanks anyway !!!

        September 8, 2014 at 8:20 pm

  3. Great shot Nigel. Would love to get down there soon to walk Mweelrea and some of the other mountains.

    September 5, 2014 at 9:21 am

    • Hello aidy 🙂

      Thank you, its a great part of the country. I hope you can get there soon

      September 5, 2014 at 10:44 am

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