Visit to Cabra Castle Ireland

One of the ‘must do’ experiences that was on my wife’s bucket list for our recent trip to Ireland, was to stay at a castle. This article shares a selection of images captured during a visit to Cabra Castle, Ireland.

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Cabra Castle, Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-200

The building that is now called Cabra Castle was originally constructed in the first decade of the 19th century by the Foster family.

Cabra Castle, Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-200

The construction costs for the estate building were enormous and shortly after completion in 1813, the property was sold to the aristocratic Pratt family.

Cabra Castle, Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 9 mm, efov 24.3 mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-200

The Pratt family had owned the Cabra Estate since 1699, and their newly acquired lands and building were added to their existing land holdings.

Cabra Castle, Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/3.5, 1/250, ISO-1600

Descendants of the Pratt family continued to own Cabra Castle until 1964, when its operating costs became too onerous. The country mansion was sold to the Brennan family who turned the property into a hotel.

Cabra Castle, Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/3.5, 1/160, ISO-1600

In 1986 the property again changed hands, when a senior politician and businessman from the Emerite of Abu Dhabi, Mr. Mansour,  purchased it.

Cabra Castle, Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/4, 1/25, ISO-1600

He closed the hotel, intending to convert the estate back into a private residence. This conversion never happened and in 1991 Mansour sold the property to the Corscadden family.

Cabra Castle, Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/4, 1/60, ISO-1600

The Corscadden family run a number of hotels. They restored Cabra Castle, and opened it up as a luxury, four star hotel in the early 1990’s. The family still owns and operates the property today.

Cabra Castle, Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 11 mm, efov 29.7 mm, f/5, 1/80, ISO-1600

When my wife and I planned our trip to Ireland, we decided to do a castle stay during the last few days of our trip. We thought that after being on the road touring Ireland for almost four weeks straight, a little luxury would be very welcome!

Cabra Castle, Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/5.6, 1/15, ISO-1600

From a photographic standpoint Cabra Castle had much to offer. The exterior architecture is quite stunning, as are the gardens.

Cabra Castle, Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 11 mm, efov 29.7 mm, f/5.6, 1/50, ISO-1600

We also enjoyed the ornate details on the inside of Cabra Castle.

Cabra Castle, Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18.1 mm, f/5.6, 1/25, ISO-1600

We enjoyed strolling through Cabra Castle and photographing points of interest, including the beautiful, flowing lines formed by the main staircase.

Cabra Castle, Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 12 mm, efov 32.4 mm, f/5.6, 1/30, ISO-3200

Many of the display pieces are works of art in their own right.

Cabra Castle, Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 92 mm, efov 248.4 mm, f/5.6, 1/25, ISO-3200

Everywhere one looks there are interesting details to capture.

Cabra Castle, Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/3.5, 1/15, ISO-1600

Cabra Castle caters to both consumer and corporate clients. There are on-site restaurants and banquet facilities.

Cabra Castle, Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/3.5, 1/160, ISO-3200

We found our room to be well appointed, spacious and comfortable.

Cabra Castle, Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 9 mm, efov 24.3 mm, f/4.5, 1/80, ISO-3200

Cabra Castle is located in the Kingscourt area, about an hour’s drive (78 km) northwest of the Dublin Airport.

Cabra Castle, Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18.1 mm, f/3.5, 1/200, ISO-3200

We certainly enjoyed our visit to Cabra Castle. It was a special ‘luxury treat’ that created many fond memories.

All of the photographs in this article were captured hand-held using Nikon 1 equipment. If you would like to find out more about the Nikon 1 system, you may find our eBook The Little Camera That Could of interest. The eBook is available for purchase and download. It is priced at $9.99 Canadian. Readers interested in purchasing a copy can use the link below.

 

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Cabra Castle, Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 12 mm, efov 32.4 mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-200

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2 thoughts on “Visit to Cabra Castle Ireland”

    1. Hi William,

      Yes, Cabra Castle was a great experience, and one that my wife could check off her bucket list! I have been working on our Ireland eBook extensively the past couple of weeks. If I can keep up the same work pace, I am hoping we can have it completed by the middle of September. Everything will really depend on client projects taking up more time than anticipated. Client work always comes first.

      Tom

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