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Doe Castle / Glenveagh National Park / Letterkenney / a Modern B&B / Saturday Night Pints

We all slept well and began our day with a hearty full Irish breakfast cooked to order. Thank you Mary and Hugh for your warm hospitality. We recommend the Avalon B&B.

Today we venture to two castles, a national park, a lovely town and another B&B. Just another touristy day in Ireland. And it is only fitting we have alternate Irish rain and sun throughout the day, mostly sunny after a wet beginning.

For starter we ventured to northwest Ireland to visit the roughly 500 year old Doe Castle near Creeslough, located on the banks near the deepest end of Sheep Haven Bay. What an interesting experience and lovely setting on the water. The castle is walled in and mostly exposed to the sky but some areas have roofing and this is where you visit displays and read about the history of Doe Castle. Well worth the visit, drizzle or not.

Next we are off to pretty Glenveagh National Park where we battled in and out clouds to get the best photo possible of Lough Veagh (the lake). Next was a tour of the Glenveagh Castle, still luxuriously furnished with period pieces. The stories about castle owners through the years is fascinating. Glenveagh is certainly the case, some owners were beloved and some not so much.

What originally was a luxury hunting lodge for the wealthy owner and his friends now serves as a scenic National Park and castle with daily tours. They have a nice lunch rooms which we took advantage of before departing.

The town of Letterkenny, in Donegal County was hopping on this late Saturday afternoon. We navigated bumper to bumper traffic on the main road as we strolled between shops. Rolling green hills surround the town and are visible from most of the main streets.  

We decided on an early dinner at The House Wine Bar & Tap Room. But this time it was pizza, not the usual Irish fare we had been filling up on. It has been a long week so we forgo a trip to Malin Head, the most northerly tip of Ireland (next time) and go on to our next B&B - The Meadows.

The Meadows B&B at Quigley's Point in County Donegal is vastly different from Avalon the night before. Avalon was a nice well maintained older home located near a rural village. Whereas tonight we are in a very modern far more update home located on the main coastal highway, directly across the street from Lough Foyle, a large body of water leading into the North Channel. Our room is spacious and the bathroom is enormous with a shower and spa tub, plus a view of the water across the highway.

We are barely a block from The Point Inn where we ventured for several pints along with a rowdy Saturday night crowd of locals and a wedding reception in the next room. Fun evening.

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