Sunday, March 27, 2016

Our Ireland Adventure
Day 12

Happy Easter - Checking Into the Lough Eske Castle Hotel

 

Our Ireland Adventure Day 12 - Happy Easter and Good-bye St. Judes B&B

Our B&B decorated for Easter and we each received a small chocolate egg, so we enjoyed that homey Easter atmosphere. However, we did miss our family a bit.

Our Ireland Adventure Day 12 - Happy Easter and Good-bye St. Judes B&B

After a nice breakfast, we quickly packed up and left St. Judes for our next adventure. The drive to Lough Eske Castle  was one of the longest of this trip – approximately three hours. While it rained considerably, the trip went quickly and well.

Our Ireland Adventure Day 12 - Happy Easter and Checking Into the Lough Eske Castle Hotel

Our Ireland Adventure Day 12 - Happy Easter and Checking Into the Lough Eske Castle Hotel


The hotel is housed in a restored 17th-century castle on the shores of Lough Eske close to Donegal. We were escorted to a Courtyard Room that looked more like a small apartment, very plush and modern. It is impossible to believe that this was originally the castle's horse stables

The five star hotel offered numerous activities, but Paul and I took the opportunity to hike around the castle grounds. As you can see from the photos below it is beautiful here. 

Our Ireland Adventure Day 12 - Happy Easter and Checking Into the Lough Eske Castle Hotel

Our Ireland Adventure Day 12 - Happy Easter and Checking Into the Lough Eske Castle Hotel

Our Ireland Adventure Day 12 - Happy Easter and Checking Into the Lough Eske Castle Hotel

Our Ireland Adventure Day 12 - Happy Easter and Checking Into the Lough Eske Castle Hotel

Our Ireland Adventure Day 12 - Happy Easter and Checking Into the Lough Eske Castle Hotel

Our Ireland Adventure Day 12 - Happy Easter and Checking Into the Lough Eske Castle Hotel

Our Ireland Adventure Day 12 - Happy Easter and Checking Into the Lough Eske Castle Hotel

Our Ireland Adventure Day 12 - Happy Easter and Checking Into the Lough Eske Castle Hotel

Our Ireland Adventure Day 12 - Happy Easter and Checking Into the Lough Eske Castle Hotel

Our Ireland Adventure Day 12 - Happy Easter and Checking Into the Lough Eske Castle Hotel

Our Ireland Adventure Day 12 - Happy Easter and Checking Into the Lough Eske Castle Hotel


We ate both lunch and dinner at the castle bar. The Gallery Bar also offers a classic list of cocktails, aperitifs, after-dinner drinks, Irish coffees, European wines, and a collection of over 90 fine whiskies. At lunch I splurged and bought a shot of Midleton Very Rare – what a joy.

Our Ireland Adventure Day 12 - The Gallery Bar at the Lough Eske Castle Hotel
Our Ireland Adventure Day 12 - The Gallery Bar at the Lough Eske Castle Hotel

We were honored to chat with locals, mother and daughter, at dinner. They recommended that we go to the Bushmill Distillery – the oldest distillery in Ireland. They also suggested we check out the Giant Causeway. Paul and I love following the recommendations from locals.

The topic turned towards politics and both ladies were horrified at the possibility of Trump as the next American president.

Our Ireland Adventure Day 12 - The grounds at the Lough Eske Castle Hotel


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