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Africa is home turf to us where we get to see the best of the wildest and remotest spots every year. In England, Devon’s countryside between moor and sea suits us well but it’s always been the quiet, wild and woolly places in Wales and Scotland that have held most appeal. We’ve discovered another secluded gem of a spot in Donegal, Ireland!

This is a deserted fishing village with one basic cottage (OK it has spring-fed water supply, a very capable wood burner, solar heating and solar lights if the candles aren’t adequate for any reason). It’s the kind of place that the dogs immediately decided to guard jealously. Not that there’s much to defend against – resident sheep constantly attend to the neighbouring hills, the shepherds come down most days, the local lobstermen use it as a regular launch point and occasional hill walkers trip down the trail.


Nearest pub is a 2 hour hike over the hills, nearest stocks can be bought after a 2 hour mountain bike ride (the road isn’t great so the car deserved a break). It’s not the place for much online activity. Expect to do lots of reading and sketching unless empty miles of trout pools and the local Loughs deserve flies cast at them. Oh and it’s on the edge of the Atlantic so bass flies help keep the kitchen stocks strong.

This magical spot is owned by Roland and Zoe Purcell (of Greystoke Mahale and Chada Katavi fame). Find out more directly – zoepurcell@gmail.com. Here’s a sample of the PortPortFolio, and the PortBogBlog. We won’t be a work for a fortnight again next June!