The Breeches, Donegal, Sea Stack, arch, natural arch
Searching for natural arches in Ireland is not an easy task, there isn’t any official record of them. Even using fine detailed ordnance survey maps can be hit and miss. Some maps mention them, others show a star or nothing at all. In the case of ‘the Breeches’ they are not any map. There is good reason why they are not publicised. Because many of these sea arches are too difficult to approach or there’s often a mighty drop into ocean. Especially on the west side of Ireland where the Atlantic ocean is wild and fearsome in the winter months.
The Breeches found in Donegal, located outside of the town of Dungloe on the way to Maghery.
Off I went hoping to capture the Breeches Rock, just after first light. The track down to the Arch, well there isn’t really a track. Quite simply its too dangerous to approach for casual walkers. It is a steep climb down to the shore, massive boulder line the bay. It took awhile to navigate between them while all the time guarding your footstep to ensure not to slip on the wet rock. Make sure to check the tidal times otherwise you won’t be able to close enough to the rock itself.
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