Binion Bay Caravan and Camping Park is situated on the North Western region of the Inishowen Peninsula, a short distance from the peaceful village of Clonmany. Nestled beneath Binion Hill, (see above), the camp has beautiful views of lush green fields complimented in the distance with a vibrant blue reflected by the Atlantic. Nearby you can experience Tullagh Beach, a popular location used for walks and horse riding. The unique landscape and mountainous terrain in which it is set attracts both walking and hiking enthusiasts. I had the pleasure of meeting a group, (see below), from the North Down and Ards U3A, who, like myself wanted to explore this area and learn about its natural and historical importance.
Views From Binion Hill, Inishowen
Having booked in advance, the group were directed from the camping grounds by guide Christina McEleney and husband Ian across Binion Hill towards Pollan Bay. Embracing the fresh air its hard to deny the exhilaration of this hill walk, a journey that will allow you to discover a different view of the Inishowen landscape, see below. Ian, a local of this area, brings to life the fascinating history of Binion and Clonmany, retelling story’s handed down from generation to generation. You will be captivated by tales of battles that took place in the area, of landlords who once ruled over the landscape, and by local stories and folklore.
During your walk you will encounter a series of stone walls, referred to as famine walls. Ian describes how these structures “didn’t provide any infrastructural or economic benefit but were built to provide work in exchange for food and to prevent lethargy among an unemployed population”. Walls such as this can also be found in other regions in Inishowen, such as the Isle of Doagh. The landscape also reflects an ancient narrative which connects people to the wild but beautiful Inishowen Peninsula.
Panoramic Views Of Inishowen
At the upper reaches of Binion Hill, see above, you will encounter a cylindrical cairn (mound of stone). From this point you will experience stunning panoramic views stretching across the Atlantic, looking toward Tullagh Bay, Dunaff Head and other mountain ranges in Donegal. Progressing along the walk you will arrive at a point that will provide views of Ballyliffin town and waves at Pollan Bay, see below.
Binion Caravan Park and Camping grounds will offer you a base to explore a rugged and beautiful terrain that offers both local and visitor an opportunity to experience a culturally rich and picturesque landscape.
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