Irish Castles

Irish Castles

Take a journey through the Irish countryside and you'll be sure to come across a castle. Ireland is littered with castles, although many of them are now in ruins. The castles of Ireland are often smaller and less ostentatious than those of our British neighbors.

One reason for this may be that unlike England or Scotland, ancient Ireland never had a royal family; rather, warring chieftains ruled various segments of the island. These chieftains used their castles for intimidation, defense, and as sites for conducting business. Most of Ireland’s castles are medieval and date from the 11th–15th centuries, and if you travel to Ireland it is a treat to stay in a castle from this time period. If your budget doesn't stretch that far, try visiting one and being a chieftain for a day.

  1. Dunguaire Castle

    $29.00

    Dunguaire Castle, County Galway was built by the O’Hynes family in the 1520. It sits on a quiet inlet of Galway Bay on the Wild Atlantic Way. This is the perfect place to protect your land and family from troublesome neighbors.

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  2. Quin Abbey

    $29.00
    Quin Abbey in County Clare is a Franciscan order friary. It was set up in 1350 and is a national monument. Imagine traveling across the country side and coming across a structure like this 600 years ago. Learn More
  3. Bunratty Castle

    $29.00
    Bunratty Castle in County Clare is one of the most popular Castles to visit in Ireland. Built in 1425 the castle was restored to its former glory in the 1950's. If you happen to be near Bunratty on your travels around Ireland call in to go back in time. Learn More
  4. Hoar Abbey

    $29.00
    13th century Hoar Abbey in Cashel, County Tipperary lives quite literally in the shadow of the Rock of Cashel. However the Abbey has a unusual story associated with it. In 1270 the Archbishop David McCarvill of the Abbey expelled the Benedictine monks who lived there after he had a dream that they were going to kill him! Learn More
  5. Malahide Castle

    $29.00
    Malahide Castle was built in the 12th century by Richard Talbot a knight of Henry II. The castle in County Dublin is now used as a venue for concerts. Learn More
  6. Cashel Cows

    $29.00
    Just hanging out being a cow can be hard sometimes, luckily for these lovley ladies they have the Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary for a view. Friesian cows are Ireland's most popular breed of cow. If you enjoy Kerrygold butter on your toast, I know two girls you have to thank. Learn More
  7. Sunset at Doonagore

    $29.00
    Doonagore Castle in Doolin, County Clare was built in the 17th century. It is the perfect spot to watch out over the Wild Atlantic Ocean and see the waves roll in. Learn More
  8. Doonagore Castle

    $29.00

    Ancient Doonagore Castle has stood overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean since the 1600s. It is located just outside the surfing village of Doolin, County Clare, and its name, Doonagore, translates to "fort of the goats”.

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  9. Ross Castle

    $29.00
    Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Leane in County Kerry is home to the O'Donoghue clan. Built in the 15th century this is one of Ireland's best kept castles. Learn More
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    Rock of Cashel

    Rock of Cashel

    Regular Price: $29.00

    Special Price $24.65

    The Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary is a group of medieval buildings dating back to the 12th century. The Rock of Cashel is also know as St. Patrick's Rock. Learn More