Rock of Cashel
Dramatically perched on a rocky outcrop and visible for miles around is the 4th century ruins of the Rock of Cashel. The first time you spot this stunning collection of round towers, celtic crosses and a cathedral, against the horizon from the road, it’s easy to see why this stunningly well-preserved citadel is one of the most photographed sights in Ireland.
Located just off the main road from Dublin to Cork and an easy diversion from Dublin to Killarney, the Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland’s most famous and beautiful man-made sights and is well worth a stop. Take a tour to learn about the High Kings of Munster and the later medieval religious conversion of this site, or merely enjoy as a photo stop
Sprawling up to the foot of the Rock of Cashel a strange tourist town has emerged. Outwardly attractive but full of basic guesthouses, novelty shops and pubs, the feeling of this tourist hub is reminiscent of the tacky pilgrimage spot of Lourdes in France. As it’s not really in keeping with the tone of one of Ireland’s most prominent religious attractions, why not keep the Rock of Cashel as an en-route stop, or even as a fantastic photo stop from a vantage point along the main road into the town.