I have the habit upon first entering a hotel room (or vacation rental) of going to the windows and checking out the view–a characteristic I gave to my heroine, the Princess Eluned, in my fantasy series: The Hallowed Treasures Saga.

Usually, the views are meh, but on this latest trip to Ireland, I lucked into numerous good views. Here’s a quick overview of the trip:

Okay, the view from the Castle Hotel in Dubline wasn't spectacular but I liked the way the light filtered through the curtains.

Okay, the view from the Castle Hotel in Dublin wasn’t spectacular but I liked the way the light filtered through the curtains.

We spent a week in Kinnakillew Cottage in Glencolmcille, County Donegal

We spent a week in Kinnakillew Cottage in Glencolmcille, County Donegal

The view from Kinnakillew Cottage.

The view from Kinnakillew Cottage.

And the view from the bedroom window.

And the view from the bedroom window.

From Glencolmcille, we drove to Ennistyom. Unfortunately, we arrived there in the rain and dark, but we actually had a great view the waterfalls below our hotel.

From Glencolmcille, we drove to Ennistymon. Unfortunately, we arrived there in the rain and dark, but we actually had a great view of the waterfalls below our hotel.

View from the room in Dingle, our next stop.

View from the room in Dingle, our next stop.

Another view (to the left) of Dingle Harbor.

Another view (to the left) of Dingle Harbor.

The next day we drove

The next day we drove “The Ring of Kerry”. The fog did not permit us to see Skellig Michael.

We ended the day in Killarney where we had a nice view of Killarney National Park.

We ended the day in Killarney where we had a nice view of Killarney National Park.

A view across the river to the B&B we stayed at (to the left) in Glendalough.

A view across the river to the B&B we stayed at (to the left) in Glendalough.

And the view from the window in our room in the B&B.

And the view from the window in our room in the B&B.

Our final two nights in Ireland were spent at the Ariel House in Dublin. Not a great view but neither was it horrid.

Our final two nights in Ireland were spent at the Ariel House in Dublin. Not a great view but neither was it horrid.

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