Travel theme: Hills

The hills of Donegal are my inspiration for this week’s travel theme. Ireland‘s peaks may be short on stature, but they stand just as proud as their mountainous rivals in other countries. Take a look at this picturesque hairpin bend through Glengesh Pass near Ardara in Donegal.

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And these misty hills surrounding Glenveagh National Park.

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The mighty Errigal, the tallest peak in the Derryveaghs, shrouded in cloud but still majestic.

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…and more of the Derryveagh range looming over winding roads.

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Sun bursting through cloud cover in the Poisoned Glen, shining a heavenly spotlight on the surrounding hills.

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Saving my favourite for last, this sheep contemplating life, the universe and wool, gazing out to sea from a hillside spot by the Cliffs of Sliabh Liag.

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Are you ready to head for the hills with your own version of this week’s travel theme? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Hills
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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xxx Ailsa

The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill. – W. Somerset Maugham

How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said. – Victor Hugo


About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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53 Responses to Travel theme: Hills

  1. Such a lovely country.


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  3. There are so many great hills in the world to explore; some are alive with the sound of music too! Here’s my latest hilly exploration 🙂

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  6. ardysez says:

    You have inspired me once again. With any luck we will be visiting Ireland next year and are really looking forward to it. Here is my post about Hills:
    Thank you Ailsa.

    • ailsapm says:

      Gorgeous photos, those last two are particularly dramatic, wonderful. I do hope your plans for visiting Ireland come through, there are some extraordinarily beautiful places to see here. I want to hear all about your plans! xxx

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  10. aj vosse says:

    Up and down we go… through hills and vales! I now see the Wicklow Mountains in the (near) distance every day! 😉

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  12. Miriam says:

    Wow, that last shot is gorgeous though all are stunning. What amazing hilly scenery.

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  14. Beautiful photos, Ailsa. Thank you for taking us along on your travels. May I sit down with the sheep and dream on?
    I don’t know if the photo of my choice shows actual hills, but living in the Netherlands, they are for me: the gorgeous hills of New Forest National Park.

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  16. The fist photo in this series is my favorite. Here in Virginia, where I live we call ours mountains, even though those on the other side of the country call them hills. Thanks for the inspiration. I will be sharing some soon.

  17. Mae says:

    When I was in Ireland last month, I loved seeing the hills around Galway, and your photos really capture the beauty of that Irish landscape.
    best… mae at

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  22. The photos are stunning! It reminds me of the shots from the movie “PS I love you”. Irish countryside looks absolutely beautiful – looks like I should definitely consider visiting the country even though I need to get a separate visa for it :/
    Pooja @lostinprettyeurope

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  24. arwen1968 says:

    Love your photos of the Irish hills – reminds me of Scotland but that’s hardly surprising!

    I also found the topic inspirational… and I hope you’ll like my hills although you might object that they are mostly obscured by the things built on them! 🙂 Hills (And What People Built On Them)

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  28. anne54 says:

    Such beautiful photos ~ sigh. I love to know that there is still such wild beauty in the world.
    My contribution contrasts the flatness of much of Australia with the stunning mountains (and hills!) of the High Country ~ and the world’s smallest mountain thrown in too.

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  35. distancewide says:

    It’s my first time participating in a challenge like this. So I hope I did everything right 🙂
    I love your pictures on hills. They really inspire to get out into the outdoors, again. The link to our post with “hills” shows a hiking tour we did in the “Bohemian Switzerland National Park, the Elbe Sandstones (Czech Republic)”. I took my old Hasselblad analog camera CX501 with me to capture some of these landscape pictures. I hope you like them.

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  37. Jaspa says:

    It’s many years since I visited Glenveagh National Park, Ailsa… thanks for taking me back there! My post features the equally bleak (in a good way!) hills and mining ruins of Cornwall:

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  39. Mae says:

    I’ve enjoyed your Irish photos and the worldwide photos of hills posted by this week’s many participants. I was inspired to find paintings of hills by artists as diverse as Georgia O’Keeffe, David Hockney, J.M.W.Turner, Hokusai, and others — see my post:

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  41. Lovely shots, Ailsa. I’ve just come back from Scotland, which is my inspiration for this challenge:

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