|Denise and David in Europe
Ireland - Ross Castle, Dublin
updated 25 September 2016
Thursday 22 September - Donegal to Ross Castle, Meath via Enniskellen
Lovely service great food.
One of the many fairy houses on
our walk along Bank Walk at Donegal.
Bank walk view looking back at
Abbey ruins not far from the main peer.
Look out .... back in Northern
Ireland again. We changed currencies sometimes
3 times a day as our drives lead us back and
forwards over the boarder between Ireland and the
Enniskillen Castle - There was a
big grand opening of the new museum part of the
castle. The table below was very helpful at
identifying clearly the different periods of time
artifacts came from. An amazing amount of artifacts
have been unearthed in Ireland over the years that
come from all of these periods
An exquisite arrow head.
The above picture helps translate
the markings on standing stones that can be found
all over Ireland.
Enniskillen Castle. We were
lucky to find a car parking spot. Everybody
who was anybody was here today to celebrate the
official opening of the new museum which was to the
right of this picture. Centuries ago this
castle used to be on a little island in the middle
of a lake. Enniskillen used to be Inniskillen.
Innes means island and Skillen means Catherine so
really the place was Island of Catherine. It's
really hard to imagine where all that water went.
The Castle tower to the left
houses a lot of war memorabilia. The stables to the
right also have a lot of war vehicles.
Pictured below is Castle Coole -
more like Palace Coole. It looks amazing from
the outside. We were only privy to a tour
around the ground floor.... no pictures please....
drat! So we can't show you what the inside
looks like. The rooms were HUGE and the
ceilings were as tall as those columns to the right
of the picture. The rooms were very opulent
and there was great detail in keeping symmetry
Below a picture of our destination
for the day - Ross Castle located in a town called
Ross which is practically in the centre of
Ireland. We had stayed here 8 years ago and it
was wonderful coming back for an over night
stop. We even had the same room (top of
tower). It was a hefty climb. Glad we
decided on overnight bags rather than the whole
suitcase. Definitely got a work out going up
and down those stairs several times before the day
was out. (Ed: David counted 73 steps - most of them
Our room with a view of the valley
More photos of Ross Castle
Friday 23 September - Ross Castle
to Dublin via Moneghan