15
Jul
08

Visit to Doe Castle, Co. Donegal

Here are (to get you going) some lovely scenic pics from our trip to Doe Castle on Donegal’s north coast. It’s an amazing place, steeped in all the history of the flight of the earls. As you can see, it wasn’t the best of days, but sometimes I like it better like that, with the mountains looking all moody in the background! 🙂 Ian and I both independently used to go there as children on holiday, so we both love to visit now. For health and safety reasons (presumably) they have recently roped off the battlements, which as children we used to play on a lot (no doubt at great risk to life and limb!!). A shame.

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6 Responses to “Visit to Doe Castle, Co. Donegal”


  1. July 16, 2008 at 3:00 am

    When was this built?

    Sorry, should have said, it’s 16th century. When I was a child, the main tower was a ruin, but they’ve recently put the roof back on and painted it, for some reason!

  2. 2 john
    April 2, 2009 at 1:39 am

    thanks. i really enjoyed your photos my
    parents had a house just 10 minutes from doe castle i had some fantastic times there
    at the time i was to stupid to know that
    donegal was the most beutiful place in the
    world.
    youth is wasted on the young

    Aw, thanks for the lovely comment, John! I agree with you entirely. We are very blessed to have spent childhood holidays in such a breathtaking place. I hope my kids (and yours if you have them) will feel the same. 🙂

  3. 3 Brigid Gilligan
    May 27, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I recently spent 9 days touring Donegal (our base was Crohy Head) and visited Doe Castle – one thing puzzles me, why did they paint the tower white? It looks completely at odds with the rest of the ruins ….. still a wonderful place and I got some great pictures.

  4. 4 Éamonn Seosamh Mac Suibhne
    January 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Your photos showing breath-taking & panoramic views of Tramore beach & Sheephaven Bay are absolutely fantastic. I too, cannot understand why ‘they’ decided to paint the newly-erected tower white. Perhaps ‘they’ thought the Castle would blend in more harmoniously with the surrounding contemporary houses in the vicinity. In actual fact it distorts the overall aesthetics of the ruins. Well, yet again, this epitomises the mentality of those so-called ‘beurocrats & experts of Gaelic Heritage’ in Dublin who are actually employed by Dúchas (Irish Government Heritage Department). Their knowledge & understanding of Gaelic Heritage leaves a lot to be desired, to say the least. I also have spent, & still do, many enjoyable and interesting times in-and-around Doe Castle. Am thoroughly delighted to know you still retain your childhood memories of Doe Castle. Maith thú.

    • 5 suzy2110
      February 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks for your comment Eamonn. Your comment about painting it white to blend in with the surrounding contemporary houses made me laugh! It’s probably true! 🙂

  5. 6 Laura Elliott
    April 3, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Just saw a TV documentary on the History Channel about castles. Castles were whitewashed in those times, inside as well.


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