The elusive Aurora Borealis popularly referred to as the “Northern Lights” is a solar phenomenon sought by photographers and travellers from all over the world. The lack of light pollution and geographical location of the Inishowen Peninsula has afforded some amazing moments caught on camera and by the naked eye of this magical light show.
This magical display was in full force over Inishowen during the first official day of Spring, also known as the Spring Equinox. Photographer Gerard O’Kane, while out with his family, captured the unique colours of the Aurora sweeping across Inishowen from the summit of Mamore Hill. The lights could be seen over the Urris Mountains, Dunaff, Clonmany and Tullagh.
March has proved a good month for the display of the “Northern Lights” in Inishowen as other sightings were captured at Ireland’s Most Northerly Point Malin Head, by photographer Bren Whelan with Donegal Climbing, see above.
” ‘Northern Nights’ – You never know what you might see along Ireland’s #WildAtlanticWay . These people were last night enjoying seeing the aurora borealis, not through a camera, but just as you see them, standing at Malin Head and watching the northern light show by eye…”
Vibrant Colours Of The Northern Lights In Inishowen
An amazing time lapse video of the “Northern Lights” was also caught by photographer Brendan Diver at Carrickabraghy Castle, a historic site with wonderful views of the Atlantic, located at the Isle of Doagh in Inishowen, see below. The video illustrates the vibrant colours of this light show from pink to bright green.
From the Wild Atlantic Coast that surrounds Inishowen to its pristine beaches and viewing points, the Northern Lights is yet another reason to come discover and experience unforgettable moments in the Inishowen Peninsula, Donegal.