This evening we took the drive south to the village of Cong in County Mayo. Cong is the home of Ashford Castle, one of Ireland’s finest hotels, converted from a 13th century castle. It was built by Anglo-Norman de Bugos family after their defeat of the O’Connors of Connaught. As you can see from the photograph below this hotel is in a stunning location on the shore of Lough Corrib.
A local man suggested that we visit the small Hailes Castle. It was at least 2 miles down a very narrow lane but the castle was in a great location, just by the river. It was small and very much a ruin. Still with such amazingly hot and sunny weather it was a great little find.
We decided to go by car towards North Berwick to the East. This was also very busy due to the beautiful weather at the moment. We ended up stopping at Tantallon Castle. I decided it wasn”t worth paying the entrance fee to look around, especially due to the fact there was a lot of scaffolding covering the front of the castle. I managed to get a sneaky few photos over the hedge.
We finally managed to get to our hotel in Edinburgh at around half five. We showered and relaxed before heading back into the city for our evening meal. The Mussel Inn is one of the best sea food restaurants in Edinburgh and was up to its usually high standards. I then went for a little walk up and down Princes Street to get some photos of the castle.