Castles and ruins

Ireland is full of ruins of religious buildings, castles and cottages. The piles of rocks, in varying degrees of destruction, can mainly be attributed to the Vikings, the British and famine (also, in part, the British). The Vikings famously loved a good pillage and the rich Irish monasteries and abbeys of the time were raided frequently. The British loved to invade and subjugate and when done destroying, built their own bigger and better castles. And the famines of the mid-18th century led to mass emigration that left houses and entire villages abandoned. This trio of terror has left the Irish countryside dotted with evocative and scenery-enhancing ruins and some towns, like Kilkenny and Trim, showcase excellent specimens of still-standing castles. 

Hilltop citadel of Rock of Cashel
Rock of Cashel
Blarney Castle amongst the trees
Blarney Castle
Park entrance of Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny Castle
Round tower at Glendalough monastery
Glendalough
Trim Castle from River Boyne side
The Boyne Valley
Clonmacnoise round tower and graves
Clonmacnoise
Slane Castle Conyngham Family home
Slane Castle & Distillery
Guided tour of Jerpoint Park
Jerpoint Park
Brutish castle at Cahir
A weekend in Tipperary
Religious ruins at Rock of Cashel
Ireland's Ancient East
Ardgillan castle bookended by forest
Ardgillan Castle & Demesne
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