Did you know Donegal Airport was voted one of the world's most scenic airport landings in an annual poll of global travelers and travel industry experts conducted by PrivateFly?
This is high praise indeed for a small airport etched into the coastline of Ireland's most northerly county.
Donegal's Scenic Airport
Recently, I received a complimentary copy of "Take Off," the official magazine of Donegal Airport, sharing this wonderful news.
Since my husband is a Donegal man and my family is Donegal proud, we were all delighted to hear this beautiful airport received world class recognition.
And so, I thought I would share some photos with you today, to help you appreciate the magnificent scenery travel experts are raving about when they say Carrickfin Airport is nestled in one of the most spectacular settings in the world.
It's situated right along the magnificent Wild Atlantic Way.
One voter in the survey commented:
"There's nothing more breathtaking than flying over the rugged coastline of Donegal. Awe-inspiring to say the least. The rugged landscape transports to a time long ago and much forgotten."
Here's another comment from the survey:
"You arrive in the Emerald Isle adjacent to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Carrickfinn with a backdrop of the majestic Mount Errigal on one side and an array of craggy islands on the other. The clear turquoise blue sea is just a bonus on a sunny day."
The landscape is dominated by Mount Errigal, Donegal's majestic, tallest peak and its shale covered slopes.
Surrounded by pure natural beauty, this airport is a wonderful access point for anyone planning a trip to Donegal.
Donegal offers so much to tourists to the Emerald Isle, from ancient ringforts, to hillwalking, to beautiful beaches like those at Ards Friary, Knockalla, and the Inishowen Peninsula. I promise I will continue to take you to Donegal through my blog posts.
It's hard to find words to describe the beauty of this county, often overlooked by overseas visitors. Many believe it is too far off the beaten track and a little out of the usual tourist way. But the folks over at Carrickfin Airport are helping to solve that dilemma.
Donegal Airport is a vital hub and rural regional connector, helping the local community sustain and develop their economies.
The airport's management team's goals are to attract new businesses to the area and to entice overseas and Irish visitors to explore Donegal and the surrounding north westerly counties of Ireland.
You don't have to wander far from the airport to find sandy shores, and stunning landscapes. In Donegal, beauty is all around you.
Trust me, it has to be seen to be believed. I would go as far as to say, Donegal may be one of the most breathtakingly beautiful corners, not only of Ireland, but of the whole wide world.
Flights operate to Dublin, twice daily and a Glasgow service is also in operation. You can learn all about Donegal Airport on their excellent informative website.
I love this photo above of Carrickfin. The reflection of the houses in the water is just lovely.
And how about this wonderful shot by the same photographer, Liam Moloney? Mommy cow is just exhausted after a long day, and pays no heed to an incoming plane heading to Carrickfin. I wonder if those three calves are all hers. If so, as a mother of triplets, I empathize with her completely.
A big thank you to all the photographers who shared their work with a creative commons license allowing bloggers, like me, to use them to illustrate our writing. I truly appreciate your generosity.
I hope you all enjoyed this little aerial tour of Donegal Airport, and a big thank you to the good folks at Take Off Magazine for letting me know of the commendations and accolades received by this lovely airport on Ireland's northwesterly coast.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
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