There is nothing quite as epic as a castle with a view, and there are plenty of magnificent views to soak up from castles across Ireland. From dramatic ruins to recently restored castles, many Irish castles are only enhanced by the places they occupy. For those keen to visit and experience the views, below we have provided a list of 10 Irish castles with amazing views. How many of these have you visited?
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10 Great Irish Castles With Spectacular Views:
1. Dunluce Castle, Co Antrim
Sat on the cliff edge of Ireland’s north coast and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean that lies beyond, Dunluce Castle is quite a sight to behold. What remains of the medieval castle provides a dramatic sight.
2. Doe Castle, Co Donegal
Lying within Sheephaven Bay in County Donegal, Doe Castle is one of Ireland’s most picturesque sights. Built in the 16th Century, Doe Castle is named after the Mac Sweeney Chiefs of Doe, who held the castle’s ancient seat during this time.
3. Ross Castle, Co Kerry
Ross Castle, located along the shores of Lough Leane within Killarney’s National Park, offers a spectacular view of the Lough and the mountains providing a wonderful backdrop. The castle was built by the O’Donaghue Mor clan and still sits proudly for all to admire. During the summer months, it is possible to enter the castle and soak up views from above.
4. Lismore Castle, Co Waterford
Staying true to its historic heritage, Lismore Castle, built in 1185, is a private residence that was recently renovated to retain the regal charm of previous dwellers such as Sir Walter Raleigh. Those fortunate enough to stay in the castle can enjoy its magnificent views over Waterford’s beautiful countryside. For anyone visiting for the day, there are always the castle’s gardens to spend time in.
5. The Rock of Cashel, Co Tipperary
For very good reason The Rock of Cashel (Irish: The Carraig Phádraig/St Patrick’s Rock) is an incredibly popular tourist attraction. The castle, once the seat of the Kings of Munster, is steeped in history and affords the most uplifting views across rolling hillsides.
6. Blarney Castle, Co Cork
There is definitely more to Blarney Castle than its world-famous Blarney Stone. In fact, after climbing to its ‘Battlements View’ – where the Blarney Stone is kissed – it is possible to enjoy wonderful views of the gardens, ancient trees and waters that surround the castle.
7. Malahide Castle, Co Dublin
Malahide Castle, built in the 12th Century, was once home to the Talbot family for over 800 years. It is said to be one of the oldest castles in Ireland and its grounds provide a beautiful place to soak up views of the castle and all around it.
8. Trim Castle, Co Meath
Now a discovery point along Ireland’s Ancient East, the views of Trim Castle and its positioning within the Boyne Valley are absolutely breathtaking and otherworldly. The castle, built over a period of 30 years from 1172, is said to be one of Ireland’s best–preserved Anglo-Norman Castles.
9. Classiebawn Castle, Co Sligo
Classiebawn Castle is a captivating sight against the rugged landscape of County Sligo. The castle was built in the 19th Century as a country house for Viscount Palmerston. More recently the castle was owned by the Mountbatten family, and today it is owned by the estate of Hugh Tunney.
10. Ashford Castle, Co Mayo
The opulent and historic Ashford Castle, founded in 1228, was once home to the Guinness family. The castle has been beautifully restored and has been operating as a five-star hotel since 2013. Views across the castle’s gardens and surrounding landscape are out of this world and provide hours of bliss for visitors.
Do You Have a Favourite Irish Castle?
Whether it’s the view, the history or the legend, what is your favourite Irish castle? Let us know your favourite by commenting below.
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