We stayed outside of Creeslough in county Donegal for three nights. The country side of this county is very different then the rest of Ireland. It is a very barren, stark, rugged land with sharp coastlines. It has a beauty of it's own.
The Glenveagh National Park and Castle look like an oasis in the middle of this barren land.The Glenveagh castle was completed in 1873 by John George Adair who used it as his hunting estate. After he passed away his widow transformed the gardens into adding more exotic species and added rooms to the castle. Kingsley Porter bought the estate later and then soon afterward disappeared. Many believed he drowned. The last owner was a Philadelphia millionaire Henry McIlhenny and he then handed the estate over to the Irish nation in 1981.
The view from the heated swimming pool which Greta Garbo was said to have visited often.
The lake side garden and pool.
We took the castle tour which took us around each of the rooms and saw the rare furnishings and paintings. We were in a group of about 20 or so and Elise just didn't think we were seeing the best of things so she walked right up to the tour guide and took her hand. After that Elise became the tour guide's assistant through the rest of the tour and never left her side. I guess you could say she isn't shy.
There was so much beauty in this place and the weather was incredible. It was one of those glorious days you never want to forget.