Mullaghmore is one of my favourite spots on the West coast of Ireland. We often stop there and take a walk on the beautiful curving beach with Ben Bulben as a background. It’s also the place where Lord Mountbatten and three family members plus a local boy were murdered by the IRA in 1979. In a significant visit, Prince Charles visited Mullaghmore today. It’s not clear whether he also visited Classiebawn, the castle that was his great-uncle’s holiday home.
Classiebawn is one of the most memorable houses in Ireland. It was built for Lord ‘Gunboat’ Palmerston and is a bit like a Disney castle which sits on what is probably the most exposed headland on the Sligo coast. I once took this photograph of the road to it on a glorious winter’s day. The house is the speck in the top left of the picture.