Mullaghmore, County Sligo, Ireland
I crouched down and patiently waited in a nearby field with my 200mm zoom lens for an interesting subject to enter my scene. Suddenly & much to my delight these 2 cyclists passed straight into frame of where exactly I needed them to be. I was so pleased to have captured these cyclists in the foreground against the backdrop of this stunning iconic castle & Ben Bulben Mountain along the Wild Atlantic Way
Classiebawn Castle is a country house built for Viscount Palmerston on what was formerly a 10,000 acre estate on the Mullaghmore peninsula near the village of Cliffoney, County Sligo, in the Republic of Ireland. The current castle was largely built in the nineteenth century.
In 1916 the house was cleared and remained empty until 1950. It was inherited by Edwina, Lady Mountbatten (when she was still officially styled as Lady Louis Mountbatten), in 1939 who, with her husband Admiral of the Fleet The 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, made a number of improvements, installing electricity and a mains water supply. After his wife’s death in 1960, Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India, spent his summers there until his death in August 1979.
The castle and surrounding lands are now owned by the estate of Hugh Tunney, a deceased businessman, who bought the castle and 3,000 acres of surrounding estate in 1991 after having leased it for many years