Travel Blogs from Mullingar
... must have been very tough! We were there on a mild (17C), sunny day but the wind off the river was cold - imagine what it must be like in winter!!
For our final day in Athlone, we had a relatively lazy day. We did go for a walk in a park and along the river; visited the castle and called in yet another impressive church - which had beautiful stained glass windows! We've seen some amazing churches in some fairly small towns in Ireland. ...
... Ireland. The castle had been partially restored: a few pieces of furniture, tapestries, a beautiful vaulted ceiling of wood and had the original stone carved fireplace. After the castle we visited some nearby shops. We also saw guards in camo clothing with rifles standing around the center square...hmmmmm. Carolyn talked to the postman who said they were guarding the ...
On Wednesday it was time to move on again, this time back north to Galway. On the way we stopped at the pretty little village of Ballyvaughan, on the south shore of Galway Bay, with its lovely old castle and an even lovelier coffee shop with home made cakes. Unusually for a village there was a good car park with space enough for a caravan.
Galway is a rather spread out town and our route took ...
... here the drive is just amazing. Any who once i arrived and found a car park (harder than it sounds!) i went inside and started the adventure (after forking out €9 euro first!) so some history for you: "Birr Castle has been on this site since 1170 and from the 14th to the 17th century the O'Carroll family ruled from here over an area known as "Ely O'Carroll". So after the death of Sir Charles O'Carroll, Sir Laurence Parsons (died 1628) was granted ...
... a lot of quite loose material so not stable enough, but that didn’t matter. Walking around the site afterwards we realised we could see across to Knowth and could make out tiny people walking around on top, no mistaking the green mound with the white slash of the path up the side.
We were well and truly ready for a cuppa at 4.30 back at the visitor centre, not having had time for lunch, just made it in time before closing. ...
Other places to stay in Mullingar
Austin Friar Street, Mullingar | Hotelfrom $108
Belvedere, Mullingar | Hotelfrom $120
Dublin Road, Mullingar | Hotelfrom $161
Pearse Street, Mullingar | Hotelfrom $107
Main Street, Mullingar | Hotelfrom $98