I love the sea, it inspires so much of my work. Maybe because from a very young age living in Glasgow, all holidays were by boat to the Outer Hebrides and Ireland. I would watch and be mesmerized by the motion and colours of the sea – magical.
Cnoc Fola, or ‘The Hill of Blood’ suggests that this was the site of some ancient Celtic battle. However, Bloody Foreland takes its name from the way in which the setting sun enhances the natural red of the granite cliffs. Massive granite walls and tiny fields speak of how farmlands were created in the 1890s. Every year sees fresh fields reclaimed, not from the bog but from the rocks.
Hundreds of tonnes of boulders are quarried out of fields and built into fences (walls.)
This broad headland stretching from Ballyness Bay to Gweedore, is famous for spectacular scenery, friendly people, magnificent sunsets, and the ferocious Atlantic swells which batter its coast. It is places like Cnoc Fola which epitomize everything that is so alluring about the Wild Atlantic Way.