Discover Ireland’s Famous Castles
Discover The History And Heritage Of Irelands Famous Castles
Ireland has a number of interesting Castles dotted around the country, each with their own history and tales from the past.
For people visiting the country and wanting to discover the heritage and stories that these monuments hold, it may be an idea to hire a car from Dublinand tour the country, visiting these historical fortresses.
Trim Castle County Meath
Trim Castle in County Meath has been the largest and most important castle in Ireland for the past few centuries. Defended by a battalion of Anglo-Norman soldiers, they took every precaution to resist the ‘dangerous natives’ making the castle as unwelcoming as possible. Hostile visitors would have suffered at the hands of rocks, arrows, tar and boiling water raining down on them from above.
Leap Castle of Clareen
Fifty miles southwest of Trim Castle is the village of Clareen, which is home to reputedly the most haunted castle in Ireland, Leap Castle. The ghost that is said to frequent the fort has been described as possessing a smelly odour. It was even witnessed by poet WB Yeats during a stay at Leap Castle. This stronghold was used to guard the pass from Slieve Bloom into Munster from the 14th century.
For those wanting a quick escape from the haunted Leap Castle, a short drive to Birr will take them to the exact geographical middle of Ireland and Birr Castle. This fortification was a seat of the O’Carrolls, a family that was outlawed in 1620. Birr Castle is home to a large telescope that was built in 1825 and this was the biggest telescope in the world until 1917. The castle also features popular gardens and boasts one of the best displays of magnolia in the country.
Writer Frank O’Connor said of Ireland’s castles, “It would take more than one lifetime to discover the reason for all the ruins in Ireland, but it sure makes for a diverting tour of discovery trying at least to scratch the surface.”
A tour of these historical places of battle will give visitors to Ireland an insight into the history and culture of the country, whilst also allowing tourists to enjoy the hospitality of the Irish people away from the big cities.
There are many more castles besides the one’s mentioned above, many are in ruins but are worth visiting as much for the sense of history as for the stone and architectural craft of the buildings. One such ruin can be found in the South West of Ireland near Annascaul on the Dingle Peninsula on the coast in a place called Minard Castle. It’s a 16th century tower house that was attacked by Cromwells arm in 1650. The castle in in an area of geological interest and well worth a visit.