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A Journey to the Ancient Ring Forts: Cahersiveen, Co Kerry

While the Ring of Kerry has been favorite driving route for tourists, the two ancient stone forts near the village of Cahersiveen often get overlooked. The side-by-side forts can be found just outside of town where signs at a small car park point visitors to the short, rewarding walk to the sites. Cahergal Fort stands […]

Pallas Castle: Tynagh, Co Galway

Built in the mid 13th century by Richard DeBurgo Pallas Castle in Tynagh is one of the best preserved Castle Keeps in Ireland but is largely unknown. The castle sits in a farm field and should be visited with respect for the farm and general countryside, close the gates and take home only what you […]

Cahir Castle – One of Ireland’s best preserved and often missed castles, County Tipperary

The fastest route from Dublin to Cork follows the M7 & M8 through County Tipperary. And while many travelers make the stop at the castle-topped outcropping of stone in Cashel, very few make the small detour into Cahir. Cahir Castle is one of Ireland’s largest and most well preserved, held privately until 1961. Though used […]

A Night in Knappogue Castle, County Clare

Though the beautiful grounds and gardens are still accessible to visitors you can now only enter Knappogue Castle in two ways: at the nightly Medieval Banquet which takes place April – October, or by renting the castle (or being a guest of someone who is) for a special event or as lodging. We were incredibly fortunate […]

The Knights Templar in Templetown, Co Wexford

The lands along the western shore of Wexford were granted to the Knights Templars in 1172 by King Henry II. They set up Templetown as their headquarters. Visitors can wander around the tower and church. The date of the tower is unclear, but the church was built in the early 1800s. Ireland in Ruins Hook […]

Walk Through History at Enniskillen Castle: Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

One of the six counties of Northern Ireland, Fermanagh is often referred to as ‘The Lakelands’ as nearly 1/3 of the county consists of Upper and Lower Lough Erne and its rivers. Situated between the lakes, at one of the only ancient entrances to Ulster, sits Ennsikillen Castle. From its 15th century position of strength […]

The Medieval Treasures of Fethard: Co Tipperary

The village of Fethard is home to a surprising number of medieval ruins. The old walls still surround the village and a signposted walking route has been established. Visitors can stroll along a section of the tall walls from the grounds of Holy Trinity Church which was built by the Normans in the 1200s Inside […]

Scientific Ireland at Birr Castle: Birr, Co. Offaly

It’s not often that you find a mix of everything that makes Ireland magical in one spot, but that is exactly what you find at Birr Castle Demense. Historic castle- with aristocratic family still in residence. Check. Scenic parklands.  Check. Magnificent gardens.  Check. World changing scientific discoveries. What?  Not what you think of when you imagine Ireland? […]

Barryscourt Castle

Barryscourt Castle is a wonderfully restored tower house, occupying a ancient site. The 16th century castle was home to the Barrymores a powerful branch of the Barry family and is in a bucolic setting near Carrigtowhill in West Cork. © 2013 Michele Erdvig IrelandYes: Barryscourt Castle Heritage Ireland: Barryscourt Castle

Overlooking Lough Swilly at Burt Castle: Burt, Co Donegal

Burt Castle is a hidden gem that many people pass by without visiting. There is no road leading to it and it is actually now located on private farmland – however, this means that when you visit, you are likely to have the whole place to yourself. You can park your car on the road […]

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