Scotland & Ireland PART SIX: Dromoland Castle

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Today, I have another vacation post.  I mean…excessive, right?  I keep asking myself…why so many this trip?  And I think the answer is that this vacation was like three vacations crammed into one.  We covered Edinburgh and then Dublin (both so different!!) and then now, we’re taking a road trip to the other side of Ireland to cover the west coast.  They are all three such different adventures that it simply warranted more posts.  So, sit back, relax and enjoy today as we get in the car and drive on over to Dromoland Castle.  Side note: I was not relaxed on the drive.  Andrew likes to pride himself that he’s a great driver and has driven on the wrong side of the road before in both Bermuda and South Africa, but friends, it scared the %*#$ out of me!  If you need to catch up before we head off, here you go…

Part One: Edinburgh
Part Two: St. Andrews
Part Three: Edinburgh and our flight to Dublin
Part Four: Dublin Day 1
Part Five: More Dublin

So, we woke up ready to tackle our road trip from Dublin to the other coast.  I put an arrow on a map just so you can see…

…see?  That’s us moving across Ireland in a giant van 🙂 .

The morning we left for Dromoland, we grabbed a quick breakfast before our road trip.  I love Andrew in the back 🙂 .    Pssssst: my super cute top is HERE and it’s 33% off right now!

Breakfast outside before we hit the road…

…pretty and delicious…

…and silly!

We loaded up the van and hit the road.  The trip was supposed to take us about 3 hours, but we stopped along the way…

First stop, Tullamore!

…we got out, stretched our legs and walked around this little town a bit.  After that, we decided to hop back in the van and drive to Athlone…

…we LOVED Athlone!!  This town was so cute!!  We saw Sean’s Bar and sent Uncle Seanie a pic.  Then, we had the most delicious lunch at this little cafe…


…so pretty!!!  My salad had goat cheese and a creamy beet dressing.

We loved strolling around and checking things out.  Then, we walked past this…

…my people live here!  Ha!  How fun, right?!

After a little enjoying, we drove on in to Dromoland Castle.

My kids had been watching Travel with Kids on Amazon Prime when one of the episodes was spent here.  Smith wrote down the name of this place on a sticky note and put it on my desk.  He just had to stay at this castle turned resort.  I am SO GLAD they saw this show, because this place was SPECTACULAR!

I snapped a few pics on our drive in…the grounds were gorgeous!  They have a beautiful golf course surrounding the castle.

So pretttttttty!


We were so happy to be here!

While we were checking in, the staff gave the kids ice cream. #score  After that, we checked into our rooms (we had two adjoining rooms)…

Look at the view from our rooms!

Just so pretty!

So, this resort had everything from a spa to golf to tons of outdoor activities on property.  We arrived around 4:00 and tried to do a few things before dinner (they have restaurants on property too).

First, we played chess…

…then we checked out the falcons…

…we saw horse drawn carriage rides…

…beautiful parks and gardens…



…and so much more!  We gave the kids the brochure of what you could do and they picked!


First up, you could rent golf carts and explore.  We rented two and set off to check out the property…

…this was my golf cart crew 🙂 .

View in front of me.  Note, golf carts drive on the wrong side of the road but I drove on the right side of the cart. #whew

We were having so much fun!

After that, they had a “happy hour” for adults and kids alike…

…they gave the kids coloring books and we visited and colored while enjoying our cocktails and mocktails.

After that, we had dinner reservations in one of the restaurants.

And then, I snapped this pic as we walked back to our rooms after a FULL day!  So much joy.  I love these peeps so much!!

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog July 17, 2018 at 4:44 am

    What a fun day! I’d be part of the golf cart crew myself. No sun for me, haha! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Maregaret July 17, 2018 at 5:24 am

    Love the idea of staying in a castle!

  • Elspeth Mizner July 17, 2018 at 5:48 am

    What a beautiful castle/resort. When you travel do you let your kids bring toys, games, tablets to do when traveling or relaxing? How do you determine what they can bring along?

    • Mix and Match Mama July 17, 2018 at 5:52 am

      We often let them bring things (like the dominoes and cards). I wish I had a good system for deciding, it’s usually just in the moment. I love it when they bring one thing that several of them can do (like cards and stuff).

      • Elspeth Mizner July 17, 2018 at 6:02 am

        Great suggestion. I’m sure it’s also helpful when they all can do something together

  • Janette @ The 2 Seasons July 17, 2018 at 6:13 am

    When my husband was in the insurance business, we insured Dromoland Castle. A man, Bernie McDonough, from the town where we lived in West Virginia (we no longer live there) owned it. The famous Dorothy Draper originally decorated it to resemble the five-star Greenbrier Resort, which she also decorated, in West Virginia. Mr. Mc Donough thought the Irish phone system was so bad that he bought it, too. Then he improved it. We love Dromoland Castle. We haven’t been there for a while so I’m suspecting Dorothy Draper’s decor is probably no longer around.

    • Beth July 17, 2018 at 7:07 am

      Ha! Small world. I live next to McDonough’s old house in that town in West Virginia. Thrilled to see a story about him!

  • Narci Dreffs July 17, 2018 at 6:19 am

    How fun is this!!! I think this is my favorite day so far! That castle is amazing!

  • Katie July 17, 2018 at 6:45 am

    We just got back from Ireland last night. We stayed at Dromoland too! We were there from July 9-12. Great place! Did you do falconry there? It was awesome!

  • Moria July 17, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Hi! I love your travel tips so much! What do you do about a flat iron in europe? (Important stuff here!😊) Our hotels have hairdryers so I don’t have to bring one from home. Do you bring your straightening iron with an adapter from the US? Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama July 17, 2018 at 7:18 am

      I use a curling wand and just plug it into my voltage adapter. Easy as that!

      • Moria July 17, 2018 at 7:31 am

        Thanks! Adapter from Amazon?

        • Mix and Match Mama July 17, 2018 at 7:36 am


  • Brooke Richardson July 17, 2018 at 7:16 am

    I loved this! What an unforgettable experience. Next time though, pack me up in your suitcase and I’ll be in charge of the video diaries 😉 LOL.

  • Katie July 17, 2018 at 7:51 am

    I’m sure you’ve mentioned this before but what stroller do you take on trips with you?

    • Mix and Match Mama July 17, 2018 at 8:38 am

      A Chicco one we bought at Target!

  • Angela Ellingson July 17, 2018 at 7:57 am

    I love how you stopped to smell the roses along the way! Excited to hear more about the castle stay.

  • Laura @ Laura Likes Design July 17, 2018 at 8:04 am

    This is making me want to take a trip to Scotland / Ireland — it looks so pretty there! Love your gingham top, too!

  • Meagan Ruse July 17, 2018 at 8:11 am


  • Alexis deZayas July 17, 2018 at 8:38 am

    I’ve loved following along with these recaps! I have that cute Cassie top in blue 🙂 I can’t stop wearing it!

  • Kim Bean July 17, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Thai trip is incredible!! I’m loving these posts!

  • Kim Bean July 17, 2018 at 9:29 am

    This trip is incredible!! I’m loving these posts!

  • Carly July 17, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Ok this has officially been added to my list for my trip next year! On a side note…did you see that Crazy, Rich Asians is going to be movie next month?!

    • Mix and Match Mama July 17, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      Yesssssss! I cannot wait!!!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick July 17, 2018 at 9:35 am

    So much fun!! Their little mocktails were so cute!! And Ashby sitting on that couch eating her ice cream with her little legs crossed…she looks so old!! No!!!
    That Inspired Chick

  • Clare B July 17, 2018 at 9:49 am

    That sidewalk under the canopy of trees 😍 Amazing!!! Its just so beautiful there!!!

  • Angela July 17, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Love these vaca pics!!!! What color is your nail polish? Such a pretty pink!!

    • Mix and Match Mama July 17, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      I need to look! It’s an OPI with the word “pink” in it. I will try and find it!

  • Sande Melton July 17, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Excellent vacation posts! We were in Scotland at the same time as you! The Highlands are a must see next time you go!!

  • Danielle July 17, 2018 at 10:40 am

    I have loved seeing all of your photos from this trip! It’s been so fun to see what you did each day and these posts double as a travel guide! This castle resort is definitely on my travel list now!

    Also, thank you for the giveaway, Shay! So exciting!

  • Kim Long July 17, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Love your trip photos! Looks like we need to add Scotland/Ireland to our plans!

  • Cheryl (angelbug56) July 17, 2018 at 11:23 am

    I enjoy watching you and your family together. So much love and such a blessings to all. Looks like you are having a blast! I am living my life through you. It is so much fun to see the world through all of you. Be blessed and safe.

  • Kathy Lang July 17, 2018 at 11:35 am

    The castle sounds amazing! I’m predominantly Irish also–maiden name is Hennessey–but I’ve yet to visit Ireland! That needs to change after seeing your vacation posts! Forgot to mention it yesterday, but I appreciate your generosity with these giveaways during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! 🙂

  • Mary Jane McNeill July 17, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I stayed at Dromoland Castle last year! Since I’m an NASP archery coach, I got to shoot one afternoon with their archery instructor. And since I own horses, every where I go, I try to ride, so they had someone take me over to a nearby stable, and we went on a trail ride in the Shannon National Forest. Mere words cannot describe the beauty we saw that day!

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams July 17, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    That is so fun that the kids saw that place on a travel show and it turned out to be so good! I’ve always wanted to stay in a castle myself 🙂 Smith had the right idea!

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Kelly July 17, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Yes, driving in Ireland is no joke! Narrow, curvy roads, trying to keep the car on the left side of the road without running off the road or hitting the cars going the opposite way. And the sheep! Random sheep on the road. Fun but scary memories from our time there. Ireland has been my favorite place in Europe to visit so far and we look forward to taking our kids one day. It looks like your family had a wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing.

  • Leanne Gilchrist July 17, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I LOVE reading about your Scotland/Ireland trip. Incidentally, my daughter, Kellie, who will be 16 in January, is going on a trip to Ireland next summer, with her art school, and she’s interning this year to be a teacher, and she’s loving these posts about your trip, so she can see a bit of where she’ll be! I love the idea of kids and their own “cocktails’! I have that very shirt in my bag online, in the blue! Keep these posts coming, I love them!!

  • Liz Thorson July 17, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    What a terrific, gorgeous day! I noticed you all had summer weather clothes on and ate outside early in the morning. How warm was it? I love Ashby’s dress! It’s so darling on her! Dromoland Castle and grounds are soooooo beautiful! I love that Smith fell in love with it from a travel show and shared it with you!

  • Chelsea July 17, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    I LOVE that Smith has the same passion for travel! How adorable that he took the time to write down the name and share it with you. He must have been on cloud 9.

  • Michelle July 18, 2018 at 1:16 am

    My mom and my brother, his wife and son just returned from Ireland as well. I think it the place to be this summer.
    He had his birthday while over there and they celebrated and Sean’s bar! And it just so happens that his middle name is Sean – I know – pretty popular name, but it was just kinda fun. They loved the trip too – so glad to see how much fun you all had!

  • Chane July 18, 2018 at 3:24 am

    Did you tell S that you will stay at the castle or did you leave it as a surprise? So much fun x

    • Mix and Match Mama July 18, 2018 at 7:43 am

      We told him. He was so pumped!!!!

  • Lauren July 18, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Amazing! I think you should start your own “travel with kids” series 🙂