Amazing Castles in Ireland
Ireland is the home of many castles built over the past 2,000 years.
Here are some castles that are worth a visit –
Carrickfergus Castle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
For more than 800 years, Carrickfergus Castle has been an imposing monument on the Northern Ireland landscape whether approached by land, sea or air. The castle now houses historical and other displays as well as cannons from the 17th to 19th century.
Ross Castle, County Kerry, Republic of Ireland
Ross Castle is located just outside the town of Killarney. The castle is a typical example of the stronghold of an Irish Chieftain during the Middle Ages. The Castle has recently been restored and is open to visitors from April to October but you can stroll around the grounds throughout the year.
Cahir Castle, Tipperary, Republic of Ireland
It is one of Ireland’s largest and best preserved castles. It is situated on a rocky island on the River Suir.
Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland
Once the stronghold of the powerful Butler family, this huge castle is one of Ireland’s most visited heritage sites.
Dunluce Castle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Dunluce Castle balances of the edge of a rocky outcrop on headland overlooking the North Channel. The medieval castle is now in a totally ruined state but still has partial remains of its round corner towers and outer wall.
Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Republic of Ireland
Now owned by Red Carnation Hotel Group, the five-star accommodation underwent a major overhaul in recent years, re-opening in April of 2015. The Lodge at Ashford Castle, was recently voted number nine of the world’s top 50 hotels by readers of Condé Nast Traveller magazine.
Blarney Castle, County Cork, Republic of Ireland
No trip to Cork is complete without visiting Blarney, where people the world over have stopped at this internationally known tourist centre to kiss the Blarney Stone, which traditionally imparts the ‘gift of eloquence’ on all who kiss it. The famous Stone is located just below the battlement in Blarney Castle, built in 1446.
The Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary, Republic of Ireland
The Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland’s most visited sites, and is a spectacular and archaeological site. The Rock of Cashel is an ancient royal site of the kings of Munster and first attained importance as a fortress.