Cooler weather always makes us wish we were drinking whiskey at a castle in Ireland.

After a good day’s hunting with these Barbour-jacketed, Wellington-booted lads.

The setting is Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland, a historic estate turned luxury hotel celebrating its 75th anniversary in the hospitality business, as it were.

Ireland’s Ashford castle recreates a royal hunting party

A castle was first built on the site in 1228 by the Anglo-Norman House of Burke and has been rebuilt several times over the decades, becoming a world-class hotel in 1939 that has played host to the likes of Oscar Wilde, Grace Kelly, John Lennon and John Wayne, to name a few.


It’s also home to an equestrian center, fly-fishing streams, a nine-hole golf course and Ireland’s first school of falconry—as well as some damn fine hunting grounds.

In honor of the anniversary, Ashford welcomed Peter Phillips, eldest grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, and his father, Captain Mark Phillips, former husband of Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, to the 350-acre estate where they held a woodcock shoot.


The shoot recreated one held in 1905 for the then Prince of Wales, and later King George V, Peter Phillips’s great-great-grandfather, when the castle was the home of the Guinness family.

And while it’s not part of the picture, we just know these gents traveled in a fleet of Range Rovers…