We woke fairly early on our second day. Our room faced a very popular (and loud) nesting area for Rooks, a large crow like bird that is found almost everywhere in Ireland. In the photo below you can see 7 nests to the right of the chimmney.
Our first stop of the day was to be Donegal Castle, however we where completely sidetracked when we both spotted a huge mansion on a hill from the road.
Know as Downhill house, this we easily one of our favourite places. We realized later finding it was a complete accident as we had planned to go a completely different way. Downhill House was a mansion built in the late 18th century for Frederick, 4th Earl of Bristol and Lord Bishop of Derry. Most of the building was destroyed by fire in 1851 before being rebuilt in the 1870s. It fell into disrepair after the Second World War.
In addition to the mansion ruins, there was a temple at the sea cliffs with an incredible view.
After our surprise stop we headed on to Donegal Castle, County Donegal in Ulster.
Our next stop was Silgo Abbey, founded in the 13th century by Maurice Fitzgerald.
We also visited Boyle Abbey, founded in 1142.
Before heading towards the Cliffs of Moher we stopped at Roscommon Castle, a dramatic and imposing 13th Century Norman Castle. A massive, fortress like castle that looks as though it was about 6 stories high. The castle was captured and re-captured several times through-out history before be burned in 1690 and then left to decay. It now sits next to a park and children's playground and is free to visit.
Heading towards the Cliff of Moher (and our next B&B) we come across this impressive place. We could have easily stayed longer to take more photos but we didn't want to keep our B&B hosts waiting up for us. The sun was really started to set at this point and we still hadn't grabbed any dinner. We found through out our trip that many places stopped serving dinner after 8pm.
We arrived at our B&B just in time to see the sun setting at the cliffs.